Friday, July 22, 2011

6 Part Guide to Liberate America

This is an excellent read showing how to change America's future from that of a plutocracy to that of a functioning democracy able to become the great nation it once was prior to the deregulation of finance beginning in the early '80's. Ronnie anyone?

"How to Liberate America from Wall Street Rule spells out details of a six-part policy agenda to rebuild a sensible system of community-based and accountable financial services institutions.

  1. Break up the mega-banks and implement tax and regulatory policies that favor community financial institutions, with a preference for those organized as cooperatives or as for-profits owned by nonprofit foundations.
  2. Establish state-owned partnership banks in each of the 50 states, patterned after the Bank of North Dakota. These would serve as depositories for state financial assets to use in partnership with community financial institutions to fund local farms and businesses.
  3. Restructure the Federal Reserve to function under strict standards of transparency and public scrutiny, with General Accounting Office audits and Congressional oversight. (dissolve the non profit corporation that constitutes the Fed and return the power to manage our money to the government. - BRT)
  4. Direct all new money created by the Federal Reserve to a Federal Recovery and Reconstruction Bank rather than the current practice of directing it as a subsidy to Wall Street banks. The FRRB would have a mandate to fund essential green infrastructure projects as designated by Congress.
  5. Rewrite international trade and investment rules to support national ownership, economic self-reliance, and economic self-determination.
  6. Implement appropriate regulatory and fiscal measures to secure the integrity of financial markets and the money/banking system.

Click on the image or here to read/download the report. Concise, articulate and cautiously optimistic, it's a start point on how to turn this country around before it's too late.
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