Occupy Congress - Petition the United States Congress to Pass Bipartisan Legislation to Sensibly Reduce Our National Debt
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Occupy Congress - Petition the United States Congress to Pass Bipartisan Legislation to Sensibly Reduce Our National Debt

    1. Antone Neugass
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      Antone Neugass

      Alexandria, VA

It’s time to Occupy Congress (and sign this petition)

     We as a nation now owe more than $15 trillion. It is almost universally recognized that if we do not take action soon to dramatically reduce our long-term national debt, we as a nation will be bankrupt, and not just monetarily speaking.

     As of yesterday (11/21/11), the supposed bipartisan Congressional "super committee" admitted their complete failure to accomplish even a modest reduction of $1.2 trillion, a goal that was deemed as the bare minimum needed to protect our currency's status as the world's reserve currency.

     In my opinion, the root of the problem lays not on Wall Street but at the intersection of Pennsylvania and Maryland Avenues--the U.S. Capitol--the current seat of our dysfunctional and cowardly Congress. By many accounts, the super committee’s failure was a shared disaster. The Republicans proved inflexible on almost any increase in tax revenue, while the Democrats remained tied to protecting a social contract that is out of whack with our current economic predicament. The super committee members and the party leadership that backed them demonstrated that the words “compromise” and “leadership” no longer apply to the rank and file of this once venerated American decision-making body.

     The solution to our debt crisis has been clearly and effectively laid out in multiple policy documents put forward by both parties, a solid example was the presidentially commissioned National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (or the Bowles-Simpson plan). I believe the solution--like many difficult problems in life--lies somewhere in between the positions of both parties. We must make substantial but gradual alterations to America’s social contract (e.g. social security and Medicare), while protecting the most vulnerable from falling through the social net. We must also increase revenue by reducing government spending and increasing tax revenue.  Simpson-Bowles presents a solid foundtion from which to work toward a reasonable solution.

     But these hard decisions have been kicked down the road by Congress in favor of preserving their own hides and jobs on election day. I believe that the American people can’t wait that long and deserve better of their elected officials. Congress serves at the pleasure of the American people, and I believe that many, many Americans are displeased with Congress’ lack of leadership and decision-making.

     It is time for American citizens of all political stripes to come together to show our displeasure with the current partisan Congress and urge them to put aside their differences in favor of a better future for America. That’s why this petition calls on Congress to take action and pass a bipartisan solution to our debt crisis.  Congress should either bring Simpson-Bowles to a vote on the floors of both houses of Congress, or it should vote on the terms that were put fourth by both parties during the Grand Bargain that was on the table during the debt ceiling crisis.  It is time for Congress to stop bickering and get back to work now. 

The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement will be holding what is being billed as the "largest Occupy protest ever" (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/occupy-congress-on-jan-17-largest-occupy-protest-ever/2011/12/02/gIQAAGLgKO_blog.html).  If you've been looking for the right way to become involved in the OWS movement, or have just been looking for a proper forum to legally and peacefully express your discontent with our current political leaders, this January 17 is the time to do it.  Now is the time to focus national attention on Congress' inability to lead and call for a solution to the budget crisis that threatens the security and prosperity of all Americans. 

     Therefore, in addition to signing this petition, I intend to protest in front of the Capitol and "Occupy Congress" on January 17, 2012 and call for the Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to address our debt crisis now (through either Simpson-Bowles or the Grand Bargain).  I encourage you to join me in signing this petition and by protesting (peacefully and leagally) in front of the Capitol, January 17, 2012.  It is time the American people demonstrated that we are still a nation that cares about our future and is willing to take action to prove it.

     Please sign this petition to Congress (and share it with anyone who you believe feels similarly) and  join me in front of the Capitol  January 17, 2012.  Occupy Congress!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Occupy Congress Event Taking Shape

      Antone Neugass
      Petition Organizer

      This just in from the OWS movement: Occupy Congress event January 17, 2012.
      "This will be a one day demonstration 8am to 8pm. You are coming as individuals or groups of individuals to exercise your 1st Amendment right to peacefully petition your Government for a redress of grievances. Your grievances are many but the one common theme that runs through these varied grievances is that corporations, special interest and money from the elite produced a Government that is unabl...e to govern. That's your unified message. We will seek no permits or permission from anyone to stand together peacefully and have our voices heard. We will be providing you with resources to organize yourselves. This movement will be PURE grassroots. There are no leaders...we are all leaders.

    2. Reached 25 signatures
    3. OWS planning biggest ever "Occupy" protest in front of Capitol Jan 17, 2012

      Antone Neugass
      Petition Organizer

      Now is the time to act. The OWS movement will be "occupying" Congress on January 17, 2012. This presents an excellent opportunity to call on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to address our debt crisis and bring greater policy focus to what has undoubtably been a powerful grassroots movement in our country.

    4. Why Congress' inaction on the debt crisis matters

      Antone Neugass
      Petition Organizer

      If you didn't believe the supercommittee's failure was worrisome for our economic, security, and political future, check out this article and several others in this week's edition of the Economist.

    5. Another reason to sign the petition

      Antone Neugass
      Petition Organizer

      The counterproductive letters from Dems and Rep in today's Washington Post Sunday Option just demonstrates the need for increased pressure on Congress to find a bipartisan solution to a very real and urgent problem. The Dems fell back on Simpson-Bowles to show what a bipartisan solution might look like, yet Obama failed to support any of the recommendations put forth by his own commission. Likewise, the Rep still hope to reform the tax code by allowing the wealthiest Americans to benefit most on the backs of the middle class and poor. While reforming the tax code is a laudible and appropriate goal, their focus on the capital gains and death tax largely benefits the most wealthy americans. Simpson-Bowles was a solid effort to craft a real solution to the problem, this petition will help push Congress toward sane and effective solutions like the Simpson-Bowles plan. Sign the petition today and help pressure Congress to act now instead of kicking the can down the road once more.

    6. Reached 10 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Judy Vanhoozier LEASBURG, NC
      • almost 3 years ago

      Tim Dickinson wrote an interesting article in Rolling Stone regarding how the richest 1% are getting even richer with significant tax cuts at the expense of the rest of us. Our politicians are more interested in lining their own pockets with campaign money than serving their constituents. It is time that the American people, regardless of their political affiliation, stand up and say "we're mad as hell and we're not going to take it any more". We owe it to our children and grandchildren.

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    • james m nordlund FARGO, ND
      • almost 3 years ago

      As you may know, I told you it was a con and deflective mass-distraction from responsibility, etc., for all politicians. Social security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc., shouldn’t be cut at all! Don't you get it, yes transparent, but, it's just political theater, engineered in advance, like the debt ceiling gate; they'll 'show' how extremely opposed the S.S. tea party, rems, and their dinos, dems, are for as long as possible, until, they hope, everyone clamors for sausage-making out of old people, pregnant women, infants, kids, handicapped, etc.; then, if the real left is successful in stopping that fascism, they'll just not get it done in time, allowing the trigger to gut everyone, instead- and blame it on the real left, a victory, politically, for tripartisanship fascists. Meanwhile the trigger, supposedly, is going to decrease the defense dept. spending by 50 %, yet, by then, the unnecessary wars in Iraq, and/or Afghanistan, will be slowing down a lot, creating the possibility of a peace dividend that could be spent on helping the worst off- yet, it won't be because that will be construed as the Defense dept.'s decrease, and then spending cuts for social programs, etc., will be lowered the other 50 %, making the actual triggered decreases 100 % in spending for social programs, almost, a scam. Cut defense dept. spending, no new troops are needed in Australia, and return troops from Germany and Japan, etc.. reality

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    • Richard Neugass NORWICH, VT
      • almost 3 years ago

      Petition is very well written - best luck in moving this forward!

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    • Jack Shultz NEW YORK, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      If the average American must pay their bills then so should the Nation. Let's cough up some due before they shut of the cable!

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    • Antone Neugass ALEXANDRIA, VA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because America deserves better.

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