My 2 friendly debates at OWS:
Oct 18 –Lunchtime at OWS – I heard one OWS guy praising BO stating that he was a great president and was greatly improving the US. With police in area I felt safe and compelled to respond and to best of my recollection here is what happened (I am ‘WS’ for Wall Street).
WS: Obama is a Marxist and is destroying the economy.
Then another OWS guy sitting down with a cage over himself from head to waist replied. He will be referred to as CM for caged man.
CM: We need Marxism here sir.
WS: Tell me – where in world history did socialism or Marxism lead to a successful economy?
CM: Stalin and Mao did not implement Marxism correctly. We can do a much better job here.
WS: Only capitalism produced long lasting jobs. The government does not.
CM: Go down in the trenched sir and talk to the many here who are doing a great job running (OWS).
WS: Private sector jobs last because there is a demand for the jobs. They become self sustaining and create ancillary jobs. Most government jobs are lost once funding runs out.
** nobody had any comeback to this. There were approx 10 people listening, few videoing and taping the debate. That was fun. I could not stay longer. I concluded …
WS: Thanks all – nice debate, got to get back to work.
Nov 3 — Had 2nd amicable conversation there. I pick my spots carefully. Few police by me and a peaceful looking guy my age holding a sign advocating taxing wall street more. After cordial intros we reached common ground about unfair tax code breaks — that most of these add little or nothing to the economy. I then proposed the solution – Fair Tax, stressing 3 main points — elimination of these tax breaks and guarantees that Fair Tax remains progressive, and revenue neutral. i gave more details about progressive requirement. He listened intently, spoke little. I gave him site of my good friend Doug Hartlove (heads NJ FairTax.Org) – http://www.returntoexcellence.net. and encouraged him to research about FT. Hopefully he will and share with his colleagues. I did recall 1 sign few weeks ago asking for elimination if the income tax.