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Originally published by The Seattle Times on May 20, 2012

Join the people of Greece and France: Stand up and occupy your country!

Occupy Seattle activist Mark Taylor-Canfield urges Americans to stand with voters in Greece and France against austerity measures for the people and continued profits for the 1 percent.

By Mark Taylor-Canfield

Special to The Seattle Times

The Occupy Wall Street movement began last September as a reaction to massive public bailouts for corporate banks and financial institutions. In 2012, the movement continues to receive support from the middle class as it struggles to hold the banksters and politicians accountable. As the American dream quickly fades, we must ask ourselves: Where are these policies coming from?

The 1 percent has been the sole benefactor of corporate socialism under the administration of President Obama. Meanwhile, the middle class and poor are suffering under so-called "austerity measures" that are being forced upon them by big banking interests and the politicians they own.

We can now see the direct results of these policies in our own neighborhoods as poverty increases and home foreclosures continue.

Don't be misled — temporary improvements in the economy will only create more profits for ExxonMobil and the folks on Wall Street. The drastic cuts to funding for education, health care and social programs will continue under their corporate privatization schemes.

We are told by our political representatives that government budget cuts are necessary to avoid bankruptcy and economic collapse. But who is really calling the shots?

If you follow the money, you will find that whether the austerity measures are being enforced on people in Bolivia, Greece or the U.S., the benefactors are pretty much the same small group of global corporate and banking interests. I'm not much of a conspiracy theorist, but the evidence is clear. Since the 1980s, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank have been forcing these measures on governments all over the global south. Now they have been able to gain a foothold in the eurozone through their control of the Greek economy.

Some of us in Seattle remember how these global economic policies brought tens of thousands of people out onto the streets to shut down the World Trade Organization in 1999. These ongoing attacks on the majority of the population actually started decades ago. Austerity measures are now being forced on Americans because our political representatives have refused to protect the interests of the 99 percent. Our jobs have been outsourced to other countries and our tax money is being wasted on expensive military campaigns and government bailouts for the rich.

The majority of the world's resources should not be reserved for a small elite group of merchants and political leaders. This outdated 19th century colonial economic policy needs to be replaced with modern enlightened concepts regarding equality.

Voters in Greece and France have now spoken out against these austerity measures and changed their governments. It's time for the U.S. middle class to join with the occupy movement and stand up for the people in our own country!

Mark Taylor-Canfield is an independent journalist and activist. He is a contributing writer for The Huffington Post and reports for Free Speech Radio News on the Pacifica Radio Network. He is part of the Occupy Seattle Media Working Group.

Originally published in The Seattle Times May 20, 2012

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  •  (your link's busted....) nt (0+ / 0-)

    "All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree" -- James Madison

    by paulitics on Thu May 24, 2012 at 06:41:47 PM PDT

  •  Greece got them nervous.. its leaving. (1+ / 0-)
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    Chi

    and with it lots of debt..

    gee.. wonder if by now Goldman Sachs and the rest have any pieces of that..

    and when they go.. the people of Spain are going to look on with great interest..

    That's what they want here too.. a slow walk into poverty for everyone to pay off debt holders. Well, the people of Greece are about to show them all there is another way..

    No  matter how hard the Germans and the rest stamp their feet..

    it is coming now..

  •  Wow, Actual Unbiased Truth (2+ / 0-)
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    Chi, Empower Ink

    in a major paper.  Somebody must have screwed up.  At least it was put in the opinion section.

    Seriously though, excellent article, here's the link without the broken DK redirect:

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/...

    Advisors for President-Elect Barack Obama feared the new administration would face a coup if it prosecuted Bush-era war crimes, according to a new report out this morning.

    by Kurt Sperry on Thu May 24, 2012 at 06:59:03 PM PDT

  •  So much privilege on display. (3+ / 0-)
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    FG, cacamp, Geekesque
    The 1 percent has been the sole benefactor of corporate socialism under the administration of President Obama.
    Provided you're a white male, that's.....still false, but at least not as obviously false as it would be for, say, gay people, women, or disenfranchised minorities.
  •  What does French election have to do with Occupy? (0+ / 0-)
  •  How did you get this published in the (0+ / 0-)

    Seattle Times?

    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Thu May 24, 2012 at 08:44:29 PM PDT

  •  if you make it anti-Obama you lose (2+ / 0-)
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    exlrrp, Geekesque
    The 1 percent has been the sole benefactor of corporate socialism under the administration of President Obama.
    I guess you never read Kos new rules, but I digress.

    Right now the battle for the middle class is taking place in the presidential election where millions of people are fighting to stop the rightwing assault on freedom. If this election is lost the austerity you feel now will pale in comparision to the drastic intentions of the GOP/teabaggers.

    If your message helps that rightwing takeover you've done irreparable harm to the nation. Every branch of government will be turned against the middle class and all powers, from the Supreme Court, to both Houses of Congress to the Presidency will be allied against eveything you claim to want for the nation.

    If your message is anti-Obama only, you lose and the country loses with you.

    America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

    by cacamp on Thu May 24, 2012 at 10:02:25 PM PDT

    •  The current fiscal conditions have taken us from (0+ / 0-)

      a gross debt to GDP ratio of 70% 4 years ago to 104% today.$5.93 trillion has been added to the national debt.
      At the current bleed rate were are looking at a $21 trillion dollar national debt and a gross debt to GDP ratio of 130% by this date in 2016.  We are becoming Greece.  

      •  my objection was about Obama blaming (0+ / 0-)

        I agree we have a fiscal mess on hand but the GOP trying to borrow money to fight two large and long wars is a major factor too. The Bushjr tax cuts were/are a major factors. The continuing refusal to get the 1% to pay their fair share is a major factor.

        One could go on and on but my main point is that blaming Obama for the mess will not bring middle class Americans to back Occupy. It might drive them to vote for Rmoney though and therein lies the real disaster. As I said...

        If your message helps that rightwing takeover you've done irreparable harm to the nation. Every branch of government will be turned against the middle class and all powers, from the Supreme Court, to both Houses of Congress to the Presidency will be allied against eveything you claim to want for the nation.

        If your message is anti-Obama only, you lose and the country loses with you.

        America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

        by cacamp on Fri May 25, 2012 at 04:32:05 PM PDT

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