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October 2011: Human Needs, Not Corporate Greed

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We Stand With the Majority of Americans: Human Needs,
Not Corporate Greed

October 2011 
Human Needs, Not Corporate Greed

[Moderator's note -- this is the first part of a 
statement and call to action taken from the website
below. A listing of associated organizations and
individuals pledged to participate can be found there.]

http://october2011.org/standwiththemajority

A large majority of the American people consistently
support the following agenda:

    Tax the rich and corporations

    End the wars, bring the troops home, cut military
    spending

    Protect the social safety net, strengthen Social
    Security and improved 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 and raise wages

    Get money out of politics

The government, dominated by elite economic interests,
is going in the opposite direction from what the people
want.  The American people's agenda is our agenda.

The broad agenda for Stop the Machine: Create a New
World is to end corporatism and militarism and shift
power to the people, so necessities can be met.  In
addition to stopping the machine we also want to show
the "new world" we want to see. The seven issues above
are part of our agenda, each of these issues are
discussed below, primarily in relation to showing that
according to polls, large majorities of Americans
support each issue and in many cases have done so for
years.

While our agenda is based on fact, science and the type
of world we want to see, not on polling, it is useful
to know that the American people are in favor of the
types of reforms October2011.org is advocating.  We
share these polling results to show that in all of
these critical areas the government is going in the
opposite direction than the people want the country to
go. October2011.org is on the side of the people.

These solutions are part of the more detailed
discussion of policy that can be reviewed on the Issues
Page in "Fifteen Core Issues the Country Must Face."
Each of these 15 issues will have a detailed policy
description linked to it once participants discuss the
documents.  Currently several of these policy
discussions are available on the issues discussion page
of October2011.org.

We want your involvement in developing these issues.
October2011.org recognizes that one demonstration will
not accomplish all that is needed to get the country on
the right track. In addition to organizing people for
October 6, 2011 and the days that follow, we seek to
educate and organize people for the longer term
challenge of creating the world we want to see.

Tax the rich and corporations

How government funds itself adequately to meet the
needs of the people of the United States is one of the
key budget questions not being adequately addressed in
Washington.  Americans know there are significant
disparities of wealth, between small numbers of
extremely wealthy Americans and the rest of us - the
99% who do not have extreme wealth.  The 400 wealthiest
Americans have wealth equal to 150 million Americans.
This richest 400, whose average income was $270.5
million, paid a tax rate of 18%; yet someone who earns
$60,000 finds themselves in the 25% tax bracket.  It
was not always this way; in 1955 the top 400 paid 51.2%
of their total income in tax. In the past there were
many more tax brackets, with top incomes taxed as high
as 91% in the late 1950s.

The American people support taxing wealthy Americans
more than they are currently taxed.  A 2011
ABC/Washington Post survey finds 72% of the country
supports increasing taxes on those earning more than
250,000. McClatchy News reports that U.S. voters by a
margin of 2-to-1 support raising taxes on incomes above
$250,000, with 64% in favor and 33% opposed. These are
not the first polls to show a strong majority of
Americans favor raising taxes on the rich. Polls have
been showing that since before the 2010 election.
Here's one from September, 2010.  Here's one from
December.  Here's one from January. And here's another.

Regarding the lack of corporate taxes in the recent
debt ceiling deal, 60% of U.S. voters disapproved of
the fact that the deal did not include tax hikes for
businesses or wealthy Americans compared to 40% who
approved of that outcome. A Quinnipiac University poll
indicates that two-thirds of the public say an
agreement to raise the debt limit should include tax
hikes for wealthy Americans and corporations.

Americans know where the money is, realize wealth has
been funneled to the top because of federal policies
and they want to see the wealthy taxed more heavily.

End the Wars, Bring the Troops Home, Cut Military
Spending

Military spending is one of the most propagandized
areas of policy in the United States.  Some media, like
NBC (along with MSNBC and related outlets) are owned by
a major military contractor, General Electric, and they
have fired on air personalities, like Phil Donohue,
because they were critical of war.  The Pentagon has a
massive multi-hundred million dollar military
propaganda budget that gets information into the media
and does a great deal to control media coverage by
having retired military officers as the primary
commentators on the air. Rarely is opposition to war
included in the media.  Before every war there is a
massive propaganda effort to support the war effort
resulting in a spike of war support followed six months
or so later with disenchantment and opposition to war.
All of this is re-enforced by events on Veterans Day
and Memorial Day that herald the U.S. military.
Americans almost never hear discussed on the air the
reality that we are the largest empire in world history
- yes, we are a massive empire, but it is a secret to
most Americans.  This makes public opinion hard to
measure, but even with this the military budget is not
popular with Americans.

The Pentagon has a very effective propaganda program to
protect its budget, so polls find Americans greatly
underestimate how much we spend. According to a
Rasmussen poll, only 25% of voters believe the United
States should always spend at least three times as much
on defense as any other nation. Forty percent (40%) do
not think the country needs to spend this much, while
35% are not sure. Interestingly, if the government were
to actually spend only three times as much as any other
nation, it would imply a significant cut in U.S.
defense spending since in fact, the U.S. spends as much
as the whole world combined on weapons and war. Earlier
polling showed that just 58% recognize that the United
States spends more on defense than any other nation in
the world.  I could not find any corporate media outlet
that asked Americans if the U.S. should spend as much
as the whole world combined on the military.

The Program on International Policy Attitudes
University of Maryland did a detailed examination of
public opinion on military spending that was published
in 2005.  They provided Americans with the overall
federal budget and asked them to modify it.  They
report: "Defense spending received the deepest cut,
being cut on average 31%-equivalent to $133.8
billion-with 65% of respondents cutting. The second
largest area to be cut was the supplemental for Iraq
and Afghanistan, which suffered an average cut of $29.6
billion or 35%, with two out of three respondents
cutting." Further "clear majorities favored increases
(education 57%, job training 67%, medical research 57%,
veteran's benefits 63%), though only 43% of respondents
favored increases for housing."

In the recent deficit debate, polls showed a majority
of Americans preferred cutting military spending to
reduce the federal deficit rather than taking money
from public retirement and health programs.  A
Reuters/Ipsos poll released in March 2011 found 51% of
Americans support reducing "defense" spending, and only
28% want to cut Medicare and Medicaid health programs
for the elderly and poor and only 18% back cuts in
Social Security. A July 2011 Rasmussen poll found that
a plurality of Americans believe the United States can
make major cuts in military spending without
sacrificing security and nearly 80% said the U.S.
spends too much protecting allies.

A January 2011 CNN poll found that more than six in ten
Americans oppose the U.S. war in Afghanistan, according
to a new national poll. A February 2011 USA
Today/Gallup poll found Americans favored more rapid
withdrawal from Afghanistan by 75% to 25%.

The majority of Americans, regardless of their
political party affiliations, do not approve of the
U.S. war in Libya, a CBS News poll from June 2011 shows
that six out of 10 American Democrats, Republicans, and
independents think the US should not be involved in the
unpopular war on Libya.

Regarding Iraq Angus Reid Public Opinion reports in
2011 that half of Americans (52%) believe their
government made a mistake in launching military action
against Iraq in 2003. Large majorities of respondents
in the U.S. (63%) and Britain (70%) believe that the
Iraq War negatively affected the position and image of
their respective countries in the world.

for the rest of this statement and call, go to
http://october2011.org/standwiththemajority

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