There has been a lot of chatter lately about the Occupy Wall Street Movement. I recently found their website- The99PercentDeclaration - which give a little clarity to its movement. I thought it would interesting to discuss the points rather than the people involved.
Here is a link to the actual website to peruse at your leisure, but for this week I'd like to talk about the first grievance/solution:
"1. Implementing an immediate ban on all private contributions of money and gifts, to all politicians in federal office, from Individuals, Corporations, Political Action Committees, Super Political Action Committees, Lobbyists, Unions and all other private sources of money to be replaced by the fair and equal public financing of all federal political campaigns. We categorically REJECT the concept that money is equal to free speech because if that were so, then only the wealthiest would have a voice. These actions must be taken because it has become clear that politicians in the United States cannot regulate themselves and have become the exclusive representatives of corporations, unions and the very wealthy who spend vast sums of money on political campaigns to influence the candidates’ decisions and ensure their reelection year after year."
To me this sounds like their campaign finance reform point, which I think most people can agree needs to be overhauled. I personally like the idea of a candidate obtaining funds from the people that believe in him/her. With the current policy, I feel like when a candidate is sponsored by a corporation or special interest group that he/she is then obliged to do what said sponsor wants in-terms of policy, contracts etc...
What do you think?