People everywhere hate taxes. What makes the United States distinctive, I think, is our insistence on collecting so much of our tax revenue in a distinctly unpleasant way. No stealthy value-added taxes for us! We're going to do it the hard way.
The VAT works well in nearly every other developed nation and it can work just as well here. It would replace our current, complicated and frustrating sales tax system with something much more simplified.
Even if Occupy could agree on one purpose, Occupy wouldn't work because Congress no longer responds to the needs of the people. It only responds to the needs of the lobbyists. The people have lost control of their government.
Instead of making our tax laws competitive, President Obama continues the tax benefit to off-shore or get rid of jobs. Instead of enforcing our trade laws, like he is sworn to do, the president ignores them.
Elected to the U.S. Senate seven times, I know about the running for re-election on presidents' policies. In fact, my re-election in 1998 can be attributed in large measure to my vigorous opposition to President Clinton's NAFTA with Mexico.
The people have lost control of their government. Wall Street, the big banks, and Corporate America are the biggest contributors to the re-election of the Congress, and their lobbyists have seized control.