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The Occupy Movement does more good than harm.



1st--"A vocal minority called Occupy Wall Street believes that the problem we face is capitalism or free markets. It's not. The problem is government doing what both the constitution and decent morality prohibit, that is cronyism capitalism, or forcefully taking your money for the purpose of paying off a politician's political friends. For your sake and your future, America, and Occupy Wall Street in particular, needs to wake up and stop blaming job creators for the failures created by selfish politicians who wink at their political donors," stated Michele Bachmann.

2nd--Did you know that the United States has spent over $20 million so far on the Occupy Movement protests, according to USA Today?

1. Assertion: Their protest for financial fairness and against the excessive power of banks and corporations has spread nationwide and has influenced citizens all over the country to engage in unconventional political action and debate.

Reasoning/Evidence: The economic inequality problem in America is no longer a secret. The fact is that the wealthiest of Americans are thriving while many of the rest struggle to find jobs with adequate pay. People all over the world, especially in the United States, are banding together, in order to fight for equal opportunity and fair taxation. They feel the financial titans on Wall Street are destroying the American dream. Some are protesting the fact that banks and financial institutions that were involved in fraudulent lending practices were bailed out by politicians at the expense of taxpayers, hence, their slogan: Banks got bailed out; we got sold out.

This protesting appears to be having an effect, making non-believing skeptics believers in their cause. So many people all over America are protesting against the 1%. With so many people protesting, they must be on to something. Corporatism, without a doubt, has had a negative effect on the American and global economics. Between 1979 and 2007, the income for the richest 1% of the United States has increased 275%. There are now 50 million Americans living in poverty, the highest level since the Great Depression.

2. Assertion: The protesters are working towards clear and common message.

Reasoning/EvidenceThe protests are forcing recognition of income inequality because income inequality has grown immensely since the 1970s. They are also aligning their objectives with organized labor. The occupiers may have started off with only vague objectives, but some tangible, progressive goals are starting to emerge -- and they don't in any way require the bankers to care. The Wall Street protests are growing -- and some of the people getting involved have a very clear agenda. The most dramatic evidence is the growing role of organized labor in the actions. The Occupy Movement aims to give a voice back to the people. It aims to legitimize the public's feeling that the current system is unjust, to put citizens' rights before corporations' profits, and to ensure that the political system truly represents its citizens instead of pandering to the wealthy. Many politicians such as Eric Cantor, who hasn't focused much on the issue in the past, felt compelled to recognize the problem in a statement in October. This just emphasizes the point that the protesters are driving messaging and considerations within Congress, which is ultimately what will set the agenda and possible induce action.

The October 2011 Movement demands that the government represent the people, not just the top 1 percent. stands with super majorities of Americans on seven key issues: Tax the rich and corporations. End the wars, bring the troops home, cut military spending. Protect the social safety net, strengthen Social Security, improve Medicare for all. End corporate welfare for oil companies and other big business interests. Transition to a clean energy economy, reverse environmental degradation. Protect worker rights including collective bargaining, create jobs, raise wages. Get money out of politics.â

3. Assertion: The Occupy Movement is accomplishing its goals.

Reasoning/EvidenceThe Occupy Movement has effectively convinced the government that there is an urgent need to stop the corporations from interfering with the government. The corporations were allowed to contribute to political campaigns freely, thereby influencing the elections. The candidates with more corporations on their side will have more money and be at an advantage. The corporations can advertise positively for the candidates they are in favor of and advertise negatively against the candidates they do not like. This undermines democracy and makes it unfair. This wasn't realized until the protests started.

In November 2011, U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch, member of the House of the Judiciary Committee, introduced the "Outlawing Corporate Cash Undermining the Public Interest in our Elections and Democracy (OCCUPIED) Constitutional Amendment," which would overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision recognizing corporate constitutionally-protected free speech rights and would ban corporate money from the electoral process.