Here’s Your F*#*ing Mission Statement

I am tired of idiots asking, “What does the Occupy movement want?” I am one who hates mission statements with a passion. I have been a member of more than one new organization that never got off the ground as founding members could not agree on a mission statement. To me a mission statement is just taking direct action towards what you want to accomplish. I’m not about to get a committee together to address how to save a drowning man. The Occupy movement is so grassroots and large it can’t have a mission statement. If it ever starts to have a definite mission statement I won’t be interested in it as that will tell me it has been co-opted by politicians and bureaucrats.

The only guy who really needs a mission statement is Rip Van Winkle. For God’s sake take a look around at how screwed up our country is and understand people want all the shit that is f#&+!d up to end. Don’t politicians and economists ever learn from their mistakes? The movement is being told we have no answers. The answer is simple; let’s not keep doing what doesn’t work. Taxes on the rich have been cut over and over and NEVER leads to increased investment, economic growth or prosperity for anyone but the 1%. Meanwhile, services erode, costs are shifted to the middle class, and the money supply tightens. Anyone who even suggests more “trickle down economics” should immediately be put in a straight jacket. Right before trickle down economics was started, in the 1980’s, the U.S. was the #1 Exporting country in the world, the #1 Product manufacturing country in the world and the #1 Financial lender in the world. After 30 years of trickle down “Reaganomics” the U.S. is near the bottom of exporting and manufacturing and is now the #1 money borrower in the world! Trade agreements like, NAFTA and GATT have ruined this country. Yet, our idiotic “representatives” have passed more and more of these agreements. The vast majority of Americans want these trade agreement abolished yet they are expanded.  Are you congressmen and senators all a bunch of deaf f#*ks? Quit doing what doesn’t work it seems pretty damn simple to me.

Our present pack of GOP cockroaches has so much hatred of President Obama that they would rather see the 99%ers all in the poor house before they pass a jobs bill or any other bill that would help the people they are supposed to be representing. To them I say, “Get over it you morons the majority of the electorate voted for President Obama, he wasn’t put in power by the Supreme Court like the last sorry ass president.” I’m sorry GOP, but making the 1% richer, exporting jobs, cutting social welfare while increasing corporate welfare, weakening the EPA, lowering safety standards, cutting funding for ACORN and Planned Parenthood, and turning our country into one big oil spill is not a jobs bill. Those are a corporate wish list that you have been granting for too damn long.  The salary that taxpayers pay you is a perfect example of what wasteful government spending really is. While you have not been earning your pay from taxpayers you have done a first class job for the 1% that owns you.

A recent report by the Citizens for Tax Justice looked at 280 companies, all of them members of the Fortune 500, and found that “while the federal corporate tax code requires big corporations to pay a 35 percent corporate income tax rate, on average, the 280 corporations in the study paid less than half that. They also noted, 30 of those companies averaged less than a zero tax bill in the last three years, 78 had at least one no-tax year.“These 280 corporations received a total of nearly $224 billion in tax subsidies,” said Robert McIntyre, Director at Citizens for Tax Justice and the report’s lead author. “This is wasted money that could have gone to protect Medicare, create jobs and cut the deficit.” Financial services received the largest share of all federal tax subsidies over the last three years. More than half the tax subsidies for companies in the study went to four industries: financial services, utilities, telecommunications, and oil, gas & pipelines. Any guess to which four industries donate the most to politicians? If Corporations are “people”, why aren’t they taxed like we are?

The House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the national motto. It passed 396-9. Eight democrats voted ‘no,’ as did Republican Congressman Justin Amash of Michigan. The Bill, introduced by Rep. Randy Forbes of Virginia, who called the motto “an integral part of United States society since its founding” and recognizes God “as the source of our rights.” Forbes does not know his history as it was not a part of our founding and didn’t come into being until 1956. Amash argued, “The fear that unless ‘In God We Trust’ is displayed throughout the government, Americans will somehow lose their faith in God is a dim view of the profound religious convictions many citizens have.” He continued, “Trying to score political points with unnecessary resolutions should not be Congress’s priority.” I agree with Congressman Amash but I think Representative Forbes bill illustrated something that is really needed…….term limits. We need jobs and these imbeciles are busy passing this kind of B.S. legislation.

The Constitution has language stating there shall be no religious test to hold office. This “In God We Trust Bill” was a religious test.  The nine voting against it have provided ammo for anyone who wants to run against them. These nine will be painted as being as anti-Christian, which makes them victims of the religious test the Founding fathers sougth to exclude. These high and mighty Christians like, Rep. Forbes aren’t really interested in honoring God. That is because they worship at the altar of sacred cows like the NRA, corporations, Wall Street and the 1%. If the GOP was honest they’d change the motto to, “In God’s name we steal from the poor and give to the rich.” Another one could be, “In God’s name we go to war and send the poor to make the rich even richer.”

This 99% in this country are like a continually battered wife. We have been afraid to defend ourselves and let the husband (the 1%) batter us because he controls the money. We kept thinking the battering would stop but it didn’t. With the solidarity of the Occupy movement we have quit being afraid and are striking back. It’s the only way we can end the cycle of violence on the poor and middle class and is long overdue.  To aid in helping end the battering start by voting no on Issue 2 and Issue 3 in Ohio.

 Liz Warren takes on an obnoxious “tealibaner” who tries to shout her down then cowardly flees instead of listening to her  answer. The guys a real “Kochroach.”

Corporations get tax breaks.

Singer/songwriter Jann Klose is coming to the Lemon Grove! Friday Nov. 11 at 7 PM. He is touring to support his critically acclaimed CD “Reverie.” I’ve heard Jann play and he has an incredible voice and some great songs. Get your tickets in advance at Record Connection in Niles. Charge by phone: 330 219-0016. Online at www.surfthevalley.com  for more info:noisyfans@gmail.com

Jann Klose: Doing Time

Jann: Black Box

An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought. ~Simon Cameron US financier & politician (1799 – 1889).

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12 responses to “Here’s Your F*#*ing Mission Statement

  1. Anonymous

    The movement is the message – that’s a pretty good mission. Awesome piece.

  2. elecpencil

    Anonymous thanks for the comment. Yes, the movement is the message you got it! Why doesn’t that media accept that? Why must they try to make it so much more complicated?

    Diana Thanks for your time with OY!

  3. Bob

    Yes, the movement is the message, and no one should expect a truly grassroots movement to instantaneously coalesce around a set of organizing principles. But striking back means more than just taking to the streets and expressing our general dissatisfaction with our rigged economic and political systems. At some point if we don’t say what it is that we want this movement will fizzle out. Fortunately the occupiers haven’t been silent when it comes to solutions, and you haven’t either, Jim. You’ve even suggested a number of policies in your piece.
    Here are a few:
    (1) Abolish corporate personhood/repeal Citizens United. State created entities that enjoy significant state-granted privileges (perpetual existence, limited liability, the ability to pick and chose which taxing and regulatory jurisdictions they’ll be subject to) shouldn’t have a first amendment right to influence our political process.
    (2) Abolish tax havens. Tax corporations on overseas income.
    (3) Cap CEO pay at, say, 100 times the pay of the lowest-paid worker.
    (4) Put people to work fixing our crumbling infrastructure.
    (5) Stop trying to privatize every public function that some greedy bastard comes up with a scheme to make a buck off of. While we’re at it, let’s take the profit motive out of the health insurance system.
    I don’t think this is all that complicated.

  4. elecpencil

    Bob ~ Thanks for the comment. This movement is still in its infancy so it is still baby steps for now. We certainly need to fix the fixed election system. I know you are like me and believe our dreams will not fit on a ballot. It’s time for the 99% to quit settling. Sadly, Americans are so complacent we don’t act until we have to jump up to reach the bottom. We have now reached that point and taken to the streets. Your five suggestions should be major goals as soon as we go from crawling to walking.

  5. Tony Fasline

    Thanks for the sensible rant, Jim. The movement is the mission! How can we have a coalesced mission statement with the amorphous number of resentments for the abuse and fraud perpetrated on the 99% by the political and business class. The political class and business class need to wake up and do what is right. Meanwhile, we , in the streets, will stand up against it. As one Occupy sign reads: WHEN INJUSTIC BECOMES LAW THEN RESISTANCE BECOMES OUR DUTY.

  6. elecpencil

    Fr. Tony ~ Thanks for the comment. That is a great sign! If the 99% were to write down all that needs to be righted we’d need so much paper the forests would be extinct.

  7. elecpencil

    Thanks mvbrb. I love what you guys do for the community. As a burgerhead I think you need to have an open house invite to one of your burger pilgrimages. I’d love to be part of a pizza review board spinoff. We live in a great place and people need to know it. Maybe you can answer a pet peeve question for me. When did a bed of lettuce on burger become a blanket? Why hide that burger and the bed keeps the bottom from getting soggy. Bring back the bed of lettuce I say.

  8. Thanks, back at you! Really enjoy reading your blog. I can’t answer your question. In fact, until you asked it, I was a lettuce-on-top man. But now, with that part about keeping the bun from getting soggy, I’m undecided! Very good point that I will have to consider from now on! We would be glad to have you join us on a review next year. We’re all done for this year. But you can join us on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8PM, when we present the Burger of the Year award to Sunrise Inn. Stan Boney told us he wants to send a cameraman down. And if you want to do a pizza review board, Sunrise is a great place to start! LOL!

  9. elecpencil

    Thanks for reading my blog. I’ll try and make the Dec.10th event. I use to live in Warren for 15 years so I love Sunrise Pizza. I guess now I’ll have to try their burger. The problem with pizza is most is from to go shops so it would be hard for a group to get together and sample pizza. I have a brother-in-law that works at the Post Office so thank you guys for the work you do. I’m paid by the public sector to work with special needs kids so I hope you are celebrating the demise of SB5v as I am!

  10. We hope you can make it! Bring Mrs. Elecpencil! Your comments are appreciated, but, thank YOU for the work YOU do! And yes, I’m extremely pleased with the Issue 2 results! I think it really backfired for Kasich. I hope it opened the eyes of the voters to the Republican agenda!

    Keep up the great work!

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