Robotic warfare can be waged with tools as simple and cheap as remote controlled model airplanes. The fact that the other side can also use these tactics puts our own security at greater risk. The evolution of military tactics into the use of robotics should be outlawed before it develops further.
4. Campaign finance reform - Repeal of the Citizens United decision through a constitutional amendment stating that corporations do not and cannot have the rights of citizens, but exist at the will of the state -- for the betterment of 'society not just to generate a profit. This would be -- and should be touted as -- a return to the original Congressional stance on corporations which, when first established in this country, were chartered as being created for the interests of society and were not allowed to operate strictly for profit generation. Incorporated into this position should be the expectation that companies operating in the US are obligated to these terms and to taxation regardless of where they are headquartered.
Existence for the betterment of society could be defined as job creation with appropriate wages and benefits, development of product lines designed to improve the personal and cultural well-being of the citizenry, and development of products and production methods designed to enhance the health and well-being of the planet.
The upshot of this change would be to greatly reduce the gambling aspect of the Wall Street investment wheel and increase the level of investment in bricks and mortar businesses engaged in culturally appropriate enterprise.
A further step would be to restrict national political campaigns to public airwaves in government sponsored programs that restrict the length and content of campaigns. While this is akin to the goal of repealing Citizens United, it goes further in that it seeks to stop the blitz of expensive, mud-slinging campaign ads that glut our network and cable airwaves during extended campaigns. Restricting all national campaigning to public airwaves would force candidates to discuss issues in debate formats devised by non-partisan panels.
5. Establish a single-payer health care system with participation based on means testing. The present system of private health insurance has long been an obscenity in that only the very rich can afford full coverage, pre-existing conditions are denied any coverage, and insurance companies with an average administrative overhead of 34% make huge profits while shielding themselves from having to pay out benefits. The Obama administration's health care program is widely recognized as a compromise program that extends the insurance companies' control of the health care system. The Medicare program operates with a 2% overhead expense even while offering Advantage Care options that provide nearly 100% coverage at reasonable cost. (For instance, my current Advantage Care plan costs me $100/ year for Part B coverage, drug coverage at $7.00 per prescription, primary care visits for $10 co-pay, specialist visits for $50 co-pay and hospitalization with a $2,500 maximum co-pay.) A single payer system modeled after this kind of Medicare plan but implementing a fair means test to determine premiums is, to me, an acceptable method of containing health care costs while ensuring coverage for all citizens.
While I see the last goal as important in making our movement more meaningful, it would be the first of these goals that I would agree to drop. There are a great many other issues that will demand resolution as well, but as I said at the outset, it is essential for us to limit the scope of our protests if we want to accomplish needed change. The health care initiative is a largely unattainable demand at this time, and others might be, too. Still, I sure would love to force politicians to endorse these ideas if they want my vote!
My challenge to the Occupy Movement is to generate enough clout in the American political system to force these proposals or something like them into the debate for the 2012 presidential election.