Subject: Re: [Ows_solutions] [NYCGA Internet] A Coherent Platform for Demonstrations
From: Ted Schulman
Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2011 11:06:51 -0400
To: Bailey McCann <>, Internet Working Group <>, OWS Solutions <>

UserVoice has good functionality but its a service and not open source
- we should be looking for open source applications that we can host
ourselves. If there are no acceptable open source  alternatives then
we can consider services.


On Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 9:08 AM, Bailey McCann <> wrote:
There are systems like UserVoice which have systems set up for governing
bodies that allow people to vote for and submit ideas.

On Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 9:02 AM, Ted Schulman <> wrote:

 There are a few Consensus 'voice' systems like  - we should look at options in this
functional category.


On Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 5:13 PM, Jessica Yazbek <> wrote:
New to the list this morning and have been following this thread. I
it'd be awesome to have a section of the new site with a place for
people to
submit ideas and vote on them.

On Oct 11, 2011, at 5:11 PM, Chaz Cheadle wrote:

We definitely want to get ideas heard. I just don't want CJ's ideas to
lost in this forum.
Is there a place like Outreach or something that we could forward this
Will the new website have some way for people to contribute ideas?
Just a thought, a ticker on the website with points like this that are
contributed/voted on by GA.
On Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 5:05 PM, Drew Hornbein <>

Perhaps we can start dropping these in somewhere? Any ideas?

On Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 3:15 PM, Chaz Cheadle <>

Those are some awesome points- and well though out.
This group is more geared towards the internet technology initiatives
I'd hate to see your ideas not get voiced.

On Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 3:01 PM, cjs99 <> wrote:

Dear Working Group,

I am semi-retired, a political independent, and worked in Washington
close to the political process, but as a civil servant.

I am TRULY an Independent and these are my own thoughts &

The politicians, corporations and even news media (campaign
is BIG business) will howl at these suggestion but these need to be

Considering a unified platform that most Americans can support, and
help correct the financial debacle we have seen for the past several

here are some suggestions:

1.      Re-institute the Glass Steagal Act, concerning banking

2.      The FDIC & FED, limit the amount of leverage allowed by all
banking institutions, including investment banks licensed to do
business in
the US.

3.      The concentration of the banking sector needs to be
we need to relearn the lessons from The Great Depression.
Concentration of
wealth in a few banks is a bad thing.

4.      The Security & Exchange Commission should set limits on the
amount of leverage used related to stocks and other securities.

5.      Anyone or business or corporation who provides any financial
instrument, policy or other guarantee against loss in financial
(Credit Default Swaps), must follow the same regulations as insurance
companies and must hold directly 50 % of the risk on each policy and
assets to cover those losses.

      Another and possibility better thought, is to outlaw CDS’s
completely and keep risk in the hands of the direct investors, where
really should be.

6.      Provide immediate incentives for bringing foreign jobs back
the US through tax incentives, not direct money from the government.

7.      Start a major “Buy American” campaign.

8.      Recognize that Lobbying firms may provide educational
however that should be their sole purpose.  Any trips undertaken by
members or staff must be paid for directly by the taxpayer funds and
accounted for.

9.      No businesses or corporations doing business with the Federal
Government may be allowed to donate any monies for Federal Office
or re-election campaign funds, or provide any other inducements to
Office holders and are prohibited from employing family members of
holders or staff members.

10.  While corporations may be allowed to advertised during election
cycles, they may only present the direct position of their
corporation and
how the election would influence their corporation in real terms.
They may
not, under any circumstance, fund any advertisements in direct
or opposition to specific candidates.

One overriding principal is to get the big money & influence out of
politics, completely.  It skews and perverts the political process.

Get the power and influence back to the middle class & people, it
actually would be better for smaller & mid-sized companies in the US:

Pass a Constitutional Amendment where:

1.      Those running for Federal Office may only accept
from individual voting constituents who reside within their
District, or State in the case of Senators or the US and territories
for the
Office of President.  The size of such contributions shall be limited
$2000.00 per annum, per individual, adjusted for CPI inflation

2.      That businesses, companies, corporations, lobbying groups,
banking or financial institutions are forbidden from making/providing
political contributions or other things of value, directly or
indirectly, to
anyone holding public office, their employees or their families or
bound by interest or affection.  That no promises or inducements for
remuneration shall be legal.

Recognize businesses & corporations do good and employ people, they
not evil.  However they have followed a short term and near sited
quest for
profits at any cost, and in effect gutted much of the production
capabilities of our country.  That production loss has cost millions
middle class jobs and is compromising the fabric of our country.  It
is time
that politicians, from both sides, start thinking of the best
interests of
the 99% of the people (who are 99% of the voters), not those that
their campaigns.

A vibrant middle class is the backbone of our country.

A Fellow Citizen,



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