lets talk about occupy wall street

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  1. IrishRebel

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    He may be right about that. but, being the ''world reserve currency'' - the most used, and the most valuable have two different meanings. Because once again, it is easier to buy things from America. Shit, I'd want to trade for some dollars too. :funny:
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    somerandomguy 'Deja vu..all over again'

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  3. Ravenous510

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    In response to Avocado's question/request:

    While wall street scandals are certainly a huge part of the problem, I feel that it would do a disservice to those reading the posts in this thread to omit the enormous contribution that the military-industrial-congressional complex makes to the current economic crisis.

    The U.S. economy is over-stretched and over-extended in its endeavor to finance its empire across the globe. We have approximately 300 de facto military bases in other countries across the world, but in reality, we have more like 700 (counting all the secret C.I.A. facilities, and other classified facilities that the U.S. government will not admit to having). These military bases are essentially a form of neocolonialism which is EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE TO MAINTAIN.

    These military bases are in place not only in an attempt to control the labor and economies of foreign countries, but also to funnel or re-distribute U.S. tax dollars from THE AMERICAN TAX PAYER to the elite board members of U.S. based weapons manufacturing corporations such as Lockheed-Martin or Ratheon, as well as energy and oil services corporations such as Halliburton.

    Wars also obviously serve this purpose.

    Private security companies like the company formerly named Blackwater also make a killing (pun intended) on wars and superfluous military installations. There are people employed by private security contracting companies (which are in turn employed by the U.S. government BY WAY OF THE U.S. TAX PAYER) who make upwards of 150 dollars per hour simply to do head counts at military bases, while the volunteer U.S. military, who go out and actually get shot at and die, make a ridiculously small fraction of that.

    The way in which this all relates to the OWS movement and the economic squeeze that everyone is currently feeling in the U.S. is as follows;

    As stated, the United States government, by way of corrupt legislative and executive branches of government has greatly over expanded and over exerted its control, in order to subjugate the labor and economies of foreign nations, as well as to re-distribute funds from the middle class to the elite of the country. However, to maintain its "capacity", (political science terminology for the ability of a state/country to provide public goods to its citizens such as health care, public education, paved roads, etc.), it must also allocate funds for the purpose of providing public goods.

    This might be possible if the Keynesian economic model wasn't in practice. Our entire market operates on debt, and every dollar the U.S. government uses to fund wars and military bases is a dollar that is loaned with interest from the Federal Reserve, as well as a dollar that is taken away from the allocation of funds for public goods. The interest on these dollars is burdened upon the U.S. TAX PAYER. The U.S. tax payer is unable to sustain this ever increasing debt load because he or she cannot find a job due to such causes as outsourcing of labor, or lack of access to education due to budget cuts (money that is being diverted to military spending i.e. to energy and weapons manufacturing corporations).

    The irony of this situation exists in the fact that these causes (budget cuts in education and outsourcing of labor) of high unemployment rates are all due to the very same corporations, (the ones profiting from the American citizen's ability to work and pay taxes), gaining excessive power through "lobbying" (bribing) in order to influence the U.S. government to de-regulate industry, or divert spending to increase the military budget making it possible for them to engage in shady tactics which INEVITABLY FUCK THE COMMON WORKER, such as acquiring cheap over-seas labor (outsourcing), and receiving government subsidies for weaponry or labor related to war efforts, in order to increase profit margins.

    All large corporations, at some point, usually when they become very large or go multi-national, seem to forget the same basic principle, and that is the interdependent symbiotic relationship they have with the common worker.

    And so; The amount of debt burdened upon the American people, as well as the amount of money the U.S. government is spending on military endeavors is ever-increasing, while the amount it is spending on public goods, i.e., its own citizens, is ever-decreasing, and it's all the result of a vicious cycle of greed being perpetuated by the military-industrial-congressional complex.

    When Dwight D. Eisenhower, our 34th president, left office, he addressed the country on national television and warned the U.S. citizens about the military-industrial complex. What many don't know, however, is that in his memoirs, he states that he originally wanted to warn the American people against the military-industrial-CONGRESSIONAL complex, however he was advised against it because of the alarm it might raise in the American public.

    What can we do to mitigate these enormous cancers afflicting the U.S. political and economic systems? That which we CAN do. Rise up, protest, and demonstrate while somehow AVOIDING BURNING THE ENTIRE SYSTEM DOWN.
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    Damn, awesome post! Very informative. Thanks!
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