Occupying Oak Park

Berkeley on the prairie could do no less.

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  • Eileen Elsethagen  On November 5, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    There is one thing these OWS morons rant about that does make sense to me – they are as pissed off about crony capitalism as we are. Government favors for political donors is probably the thing today which pisses me off the most, and let’s admit it, it’s not just the liberals who are doing it.

    What do you think about trying to get money out of politics? I’ve heard of people who are pushing for a constitutional amendment that would restrict politicians ability to take bribes (oops, I mean donations). I actually think Ron Paul (or maybe Rand) is the perfect person to lead such a movement – but how do I get them to take up the issue?

    • Jim Bowman  On November 5, 2011 at 12:12 PM

      E: they are as pissed off about crony capitalism? as you maybe, but not I. capitalism, si. crony, no. where did you get that?

      • Eileen Elsethagen  On November 10, 2011 at 12:47 AM

        I’ve seen a list of their four primary demands – 2 of the 4 are about limiting the ability of politicians to do favors to financial backers. Their first (and apparently most prioritized) demand is campaign finance reform… I think most of us would agree this is fair – I yearn for the days when McCain-Feingold was still in place.

        Then demand #4 is “the end of the revolving door.” I pasted it below. This one is focused less on campaign finance and more on not giving political power to major financial interests, but it seems clear.

        (from list of OWS grievances)

        The End of the Revolving Door
        The Obama administration was supposed to bring change and hope to our country, but instead, brought us into despair and insecurity. Those working in his administration are the very people whom we are fighting against. Those who enter Washington should not be representatives of the elites, but representatives of the people. One cannot simply enter an administration, reap its benefits, and simply exit.

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