robin hood tax
Aa Wall Street tax is achievable. It would have an enormous salutary effect on our economy and help lead the way to a program of such critical needs as education and health care for all, good paying jobs, and forceful action on the climate crisis -- just as Bernie Sanders proposes.
So can these talks deliver an agreement that moves us into a post-fossil fuel world? The simple answer is "no." For starters, the draft agreement they'll be using as the basis for discussion makes no reference to fossil fuels at all.
Sadly, the good work that his foundation does is eviscerated by what he does on a much larger scale in New York state politics, national politics, and throughout the world in order to continue to line his coffers.
Amid the media accounts of the worst Ebola outbreak, some significant context is largely missing from the major media reporting. Atop this list are links of the outbreak to the climate crisis and global inequality and austerity-driven cuts in public services that have greatly contributed to the rapid spread of Ebola.
Rejecting dozens of heroic characters, from Captain America to Underdog, Republicans last week chose instead a villain for their figurehead.
At a time when financial markets are dominated by computer-driven high frequency trading that has little benefit for the real economy, a tax of even a fraction of a percent could encourage longer-term sustainable investment.
Even more insidious, the governments of the world think that private investors, the same folks that created the economic mess, will be able to contribute to the $100 billion. They plan, essentially, to privatize and and create profit from people's suffering.
Occupy Wall Street marked its second anniversary in New York city on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 with protests near the United Nations headquarters calling for a "Robin Hood tax" on financial transactions to pay for HIV/AIDS treatment. New York State Senator Brad Hoylman was one of 16 activists arrested for blocking traffic on Second Avenue.
The protest was staid for Occupy Wall Street, but started early, as several hundred demonstrators paraded near Wall Street
For a movement largely pronounced moribund by the mainstream media, there is a menu of activism that suggests otherwise. It will be a busy day.