As of today this WG has 373 members scattered around the web. I have no idea how many of us live in NYC. Although we are a small group loosely connected by our demand for economic justice and cyberspace, we seem to be the avenue through which the larger #OWS GA can potentially reach consensus on an effective fiscal/monetary policy for addressing the problems of wealth inequality and economic injustice. Please do not think this is “to tall of an order”. If 373 can reach consensus, why not the overall GA? A proposal can be formulated and consensus can be reached. This is a call to other members of this WG to help build a proposal that is short, simple, and sweet. I have read the proposals put forth in this WG already, and while I appreciate the time and effort the proposal authors contributed, it is clear that these proposals are far too long and complicated to ever reach GA consensus. To reach consensus a proposal will have to be boiled down to a few clear sentences. (Something that can be read and understood in less than a minute?) Hopefully, each sentence makes a clear point, and the sentences are linked in a progression to reach a clear conclusion. Of course, I have some ideas about what to include in a proposal. So, to offer a starting point: Can we discuss the possibility of making the proposal about the federal budget and federal fiscal/monetary policy – ignoring the private banking/investment sector? If we focus on the money that is held in common and owned by the people, then we are focusing on the money that is legally held in common, not held by individuals. By law, government (public) money is the only money that MUST be used for public purpose. (Private money can be voluntarily offered for public purpose, but not expropriated without an eminent domain ruling or some other court action.) If our proposal focuses only on the federal budget and federal fiscal/monetary operations and policy, then our task is much simpler than it would be if we also try to address problems within the banking/investment sector. The money in that sector is private, not commons, and the push-back against any effort to force that money into use for the common good is overwhelming. That is why re-occupation didn’t take off – too many cops on the street defending the private property of the bankers with the billionaire mayor. OK, not a problem. We don’t need their dirty money anyway. But we do need to utilize the federal public utility that manages our fiat money (the federal reserve) in a way that is designed to benefit the commons, not just the 1%. So, a rough draft of the first sentence of a GA proposal might be something like this: ”This is a position statement and demand for change by #OWS NYCGA regarding the federal budget, federal monetary operations, and federal fiscal policy.” (I know, probably too long. It’s rough.) Thoughts?