Occupy Boston Issues Survey
NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL OR BINDING SURVEY. I AM DOING THIS AS AN INDIVIDUAL TO PRESENT TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY SO THAT THERE CAN BE A MORE REFINED DISCUSSION ON OUR EVENTUAL GOALS AND PRINCIPLES.

As we have yet to decide upon a set mission statement or series of guiding principles, I am sending this survey out in order to gauge the views of the Occupy Boston protesters. I have attempted to represent every major issue that I have encountered while talking with the other Occupy Boston protesters over the past ten days and put them into a rating system.

Please use the below form to make your opinions on the issues known so that I can bring this to the GA in the future. If you know anybody who is unable to attend the protests, please send this to them because odds are, they are part of the 99% as well and deserve to have their voices heard.

Thanks,
Joshua Sager

Contacts for suggestions:
jsager99@gmail.com
Election and Interest Reform
Revoking corporate person-hood
Do you support removing the status of corporations as people with all of the same rights of free speech?
Block
Most important Issue
Election Reform
Do you support mandating publicly funded elections with only small (<$1000) donations allowed?
Block
Most important Issue
Political Interest Reform
Do you support banning all corporate and union donations to political campaigns?
Block
Most important Issue
Regulator "Revolving Door" Elimination
Do you support banning regulators from working for any corporation that they regulated for a period of ten years after they cease to be employed by the public?
Block
Most important Issue
Political "Revolving Door" Elimination
Do you support banning politicians and high level aids from working as lobbyists for a period of five years after they cease to be in public service?
Block
Most important Issue
Systemic Political Reform
Do you think that the Constitutional Republic (current structure) model of governance is the best way for the USA to be structured?
No
Yes
Alternative system (If you answered no above)
If you believe that the current structure of the USA government should be reformed, what model of government would you suggest as an alternative?
Social Safety Net
Social Security
Do you support protecting the current structure of social security?
Block
Most important Issue
Social Security
Do you support protecting the current structure of social security rather than privatizing it?
Block
Most important Issue
Medicare
Do you support protecting the current structure of Medicare rather than turning it into a voucher program?
Block
Most important Issue
Medicaid
Do you support protecting the current structure and funding of Medicaid?
Block
Most important Issue
Taxes
Progressive Tax Reform
Do you support increasing the percentage of the income that the rich pay in taxes?
Block
Most important Issue
Regressive tax reform
Do you support instituting a flat or consumption tax system, where everybody pays entirely upon consumption rather than earning?
Block
Most important Issue
Capital Gains Tax reform
Do you support increasing the capital gains tax rates on investing so that the rich, who most benefit from this, will end up paying a higher percentage of their earnings as taxes?
Block
Most important Issue
Personal Tax Loopholes
Do you support removing tax loopholes so that the wealthy are unable to use them in order to decrease their tax burden?
Block
Most important Issue
Corporate Tax Loopholes and Subsidies
Do you support reducing corporate tax loopholes (offshoring of money) and subsidies (such oil and gas)?
Block
Most important Issue
Banking and Federal Reserve Policy
Bank Reform
Do you support increasing the regulations on banking so that they are limited in the degree that they can leverage capital?
Block
Most important Issue
Glass Steagall
Do you support reinstating the Glass Steagall Act, which separated investment banks and commercial banks, thus preventing the use of public money for private investment?
Block
Most important Issue
Speculation reform
Do you support limiting speculation on goods so that they have a decreased effect on the prices in the market?
Block
Most important Issue
Fed Reform
Do you support auditing the Federal Reserve as well as increasing transparency and accountability?
Block
Most important Issue
Fed Removal
Do you support abolishing the Federal reserve?
Block
Most important Issue
Debt
Student Debt
Do you support the institution of programs that are intended to lessen or eliminate student debt (through debt forgiveness, direct relief or interest rate reductions)?
Block
Most important Issue
Personal Debt
Do you support instituting programs intended to assist those living with high levels of personal debt?
Block
Most important Issue
Mortgage Debt
Do you support intervening in the mortgage crisis through the halting of evictions and the renegotiating of current mortgages?
Block
Most important Issue
Worker's Rights
Unionization
Do you support making it easier to unionize and harder for legislatures to remove the rights of unions?
Block
Most important Issue
"Right to Work" Legislation
Do you support the ability of states to pass "right to work" laws to reduce the power of unions?
Block
Most important Issue
Minimum Wage #1
Do you support increasing the minimum wage?
Block
Most important Issue
Minimum Wage #2
Do you support decreasing/removing the minimum wage?
Block
Most important Issue
Safety Regulations #1
Do you support increasing safety requirements in hazardous work environments (such as coal mines)?
Block
Most important Issue
War and International Aid
Iraq #1
Do you support the removal of troops from Iraq as soon as possible?
Block
Most important Issue
Iraq #2
Do you support maintaining a presence in Iraq for the foreseeable future?
Block
Most important Issue
Afghanistan #1
Do you support the removal of troops from Afghanistan as soon as possible?
Block
Most important Issue
Afghanistan #2
Do you support maintaining a presence in Afghanistan for the foreseeable future?
Block
Most important Issue
International Relations #1
Do you support continuing our interventionist policy in countries around the world?
No interventionism
Large amounts of Interventionalism
International Relations #2
Do you support supplying humanitarian aid to impoverished countries such as those in Africa or southeast Asia?
No Aid
Large amounts of Aid
United Nations #1
Do you support the USA having full involvement in the UN and honoring the resolutions that are passed by the international community.
No
Yes
Trade
International Trade
Do you support international free trade agreements in general?
Not At All
Totally
North American Free Trade Agreement
Do you support the continuation of NAFTA?
Not At All
Totally
Free Trade and Currency Manipulation
Do you support limiting trade agreements with countries that are labelled as "currency manipulators"?
Not At All
Totally
Tariffs
Do you support instituting strict tariffs on goods produced in countries where there is exploitative labor?
Block
Total support
Privatization and Health Policy
Health Policy
Do you consider the provision of healthcare to be a human right?
No
Yes
Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) repeal #1
Do you support repealing the ACA and replacing it with a privatized system?
Block
Most important Issue
Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) repeal #2
Do you support repealing the ACA and replacing it with a single payer system?
Block
Most important Issue
Privatization #1
Do you support stopping the privatization of services such as education water treatment, or public safety?
Block
Most important Issue
Privatization #2
Do you support increasing the privatization of services such as education, or public safety?
Block
Most important Issue
Privatized Prisons
Do you support the idea of privatizing some prisons?
Block
Most important Issue
Law and Imigration
Marijuana
Do you support legalizing and taxing marijuana?
Block
Most important Issue
Prison V. Rehabilitation
Do you support the use of rehabilitation programs rather than imprisonment for non-violent offenses?
Block
Most important Issue
Immigration #1
Do you support a path to citizenship such as the DREAM Act?
Block
Most important Issue
Immigration #2
Do you support deportation of all illegal immigrants?
Block
Most important Issue
Immigration #3
Do you support the fence along the Mexican/American border?
Block
Most important Issue
Immigration #4
Do you support the use of E-Verify mandated by federal law?
Block
Most important Issue
Environmental
Environmental Regulations #1
Do you support increasing environmental regulations on polluting companies?
Block
Most important Issue
Environmental Regulations #2
Do you support decreasing environmental regulations on polluting companies?
Block
Most important Issue
Clean Energy
Do you support investing in clean and renewable energy to reduce our dependence on oil?
Block
Most important Issue
Coal Energy
Do you support investing in coal power to reduce our dependence on oil?
Block
Most important Issue
Oil
Do you support increasing oil exploration and drilling inside of the USA?
Block
Most important Issue
Other
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If I have missed any major issue, please both write it in here and contact me (see contact info at the top of the page).
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