Its impossible to remove the power All we have to do is remove the money from the political process. If politicians did not need donations to run for office, then they would not be beholding to special interest groups.
The steps are outlined below, the trick is getting congress to act. I think the movement should take its lead from Grover. All candidates should be asked to sign a campaign reform pledge. This would fall under: If you can’t beat them join them. Occupy must become a lobbyist, and work within the system. This may sound crazy, but just sitting in the street will not create change, it mobilizes people, but congress is ignoring the movement. We must get Congress’s attention. To start, we may need to work at the state level, use the proposition method for getting changes made to campaign finance reform.
So how do we remove the money? (which is what corrupts the process):
FCC must dictate that the TV and Radio stations, its suppose to oversee, provide free air time to anyone running for office.
Limit political donations, to individuals (no corporations or other organizations) who are eligible to vote in the election the recipient is running in.
All political action committees, lobbyists or any organization that spends money advertising causes, must publish their donor list
All political ads by political action committees, lobbyists or any organization must not depict or name a candidate
Washington is buzzing about last night’s 60 Minutes report that revealed the startling frequency with which members of Congress financially benefit from inside information they get as legislators.
Most of the focus has been on the ethically questionable trading of House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the two highest-ranking and most-visible members of the House.
But the most shocking revelation actually concerns a lesser-known Congressman, Rep. Spencer Bachus, who shorted the market as the economy collapsed in 2008, at the same time that he was the ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee.
A manifesto that the Occupy crowds can rally behind.
Like Martin Luther, the demands should be nailed to the front doors of all banks & brokerage offices and all government buildings. Its time for a Financial Reformation just like the protestant reformation if is about freedom from a malevolent oligarchy. Capitalism is a great system that can benefit everyone, but when it goes unchecked, it stops at nothing.
Congress must reinstate regulations that allowed the Banks to run wild
Congress must Institute new regulations that make futures trading of Oil and other energy products illegal.
Congress must pass a Jobs Bill, It doesn’t have to be the President’s Obama’s plan. They just have to act now.
Congress and the FCC must mandate that all TV, Cable and Radio stations provide free political ADs to anyone running for office. A fixed and equal time must me allocated to all candidates. This will remove the a lot of the need for campaign money and reduce the influence of Lobbyists and corporate interest.
Congress must mandate that all Banks/Financial institution holding or servicing mortgages, allow anyone who is underwater in the primary residence to refinance at a lower rate
If Congress does not act on 1 .. 5, then Occupy must work to defeat every sitting member of congress, no matter what their party affiliation.
Justice Department must open investigations naming the heads of all Large Financial institutions that took part in the financial disaster.
The public needs to remove all their money from any Bank that has more then 500 branches, and move it to credit unions of small community banks.
The president must recall all troops that are in harms way, we can’t afford to police the world.
Going forward all foreign aid must be in the form of Food or Medicine (and related supplies), no more blank checks to foreign governments.