From:   kindofblue <>
Sent time:   Saturday, October 22, 2011 7:15:09 AM
To:   september17 <>
Subject:   [september17discuss] Re: Get Money Out

Ratigan's "Get Money Out" is not about taking money out of banks, it

is about getting money out of politics. IMO, it should be the #1

demand/grievance/goal of OWS. As we stated in the Sept 29 declaration

"No true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by

economic power." We must separate economic power from political

power, and the only way to do that it to get rid of direct and

indirect campaign donations. The other problems (e.g. jobs, health

care, environment) are all symptoms of the fact that our government is

bought and paid for. Get the money out of politics and there is hope

to solve the other problems.


I believe we should work closely with Ratigan, as well as others who

have called for the same goal (e.g. Lawrence Lessig). This is a goal

that has wide support across the political spectrum, and if we were to

pass a resolution along the lines of "get money out of politics" I

think it could spur a national discussion on campaign finance reform.