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Occupy Houston & Good Jobs Great Houston In Washington—A Report From Amy Price

My friend Amy Price has traveled to Washington with Occupy Houston and Good Jobs Great Houston to take the fight for economic fair play and the 99% to our elected officials and to the offices of the big lobbyists.

(Update 12/8/11—Here is Amy’s second day in Washington.)

(Above–Picture taken by Amy of an occupation on the National Mall.) 

Amy was a recent candidate for Houston City Council. With that race over, she is remaining involved in the fight for a better Houston and a better nation.

Below is an account from Amy of her first full day in Washington.

Here is Occupy Houston.

Here is Occupy DC.

Here is Occupy Wall Street.

Here is Amy’s report–

I came to Washington DC on Monday of this week, along with about 100
other Houstonians, to meet up with people from across the country who
have taken over the National Mall and are here to demand that our
government start–well, governing. Folks will be coming in through
Wednesday, leaving Friday, and by the time it’s all said and done we
should number about 2,500. The group here is pretty diverse: all ages,
different ethnicities, way different backgrounds. What we have in
common is the realization that austerity economics is not the solution
to America’s economic problems.

Walking past the Capital Building, I had an acute sense of history
wash over me, and I felt privileged to be literally in the shadow of
the symbol of our nation’s legislature. I wish the folks who worked
around that building–the senators and congress members elected to
serve their constituents–felt the same way. Even the most casual
student of American history knows that America got out of the Great
Depression by spending the money necessary to put people to work. The
Works Progress Administration, the manufacturing that accompanied WWII
and other programs ushered in the golden age of America’s middle
class.

But creating jobs is not what our elected representatives are chosing
to do. They concentrate instead on cutting spending, as if not
spending money is going to put people to work. They work on a free
trade agreement with Korea, as if NAFTA hasn’t done enough to kill
American manufacturing. Instead of strengthening banking regulations,
they gut them, starting the spirals of unchecked greed and
technological slight-of-hand that allowed multinational financial
institutions like Bank of America to usher us into the second worst
financial crisis this country has seen.

We have come to Washington to demand that Congress pass the
president’s jobs bill, that they extend unemployment benefits, and
that they begin working for 100% of the people, not the 1%.

Today, we visited with our senators and representatives and made our
demands known. Sometimes we got the officials themselves. Often, we
spoke with staffers. Throughout the day, in any given part of the
legislative office buildings, you could hear chanting, see crowds of
people spilling out of offices and into the hallways. It’s not a
solution to our problems, but maybe it’s a start. Here’s hoping that
willing people of good conscience can still make a difference in the
USA.

Tomorrow we hit K Street. In depth details to come.

December 7, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , ,

7 Comments »

  1. Amy makes factual claims that are simply incorrect.

    “They concentrate instead on cutting spending, as if not spending money is going to put people to work.”

    What cuts? 2010 federal spending was $3.46 trillion. This year it was $3.6 trillion. Next year’s projections are for $3.73 trillion. It’s going up every year.

    “as if NAFTA hasn’t done enough to kill American manufacturing.”

    The North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect in 1994, when U.S. manufacturing output was about $1.1 trillion. It’s now about $1.6 trillion.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | December 7, 2011

  2. Billions for war and tax cuts for the rich and bailouts while everyday people suffer. This is what we have and this is what you’re okay with for our nation.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | December 8, 2011

  3. You’re moving the goalposts, Neil. Amy wants massive stimulus programs to improve manufacturing because she thinks manufacturing is declining due to NAFTA.

    Well, it’s not. It has soared since NAFTA. If you make a decision based on faulty data, shouldn’t you reconsider the decision when the data turns out wrong?

    It would be as though you heard it was going to be cold, so you put a jacket on before going outside. You get outside and it’s 80 degrees. Someone says, “hey, that looks uncomfortable, you should take off that jacket?” So you zip it up and talk about war.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | December 8, 2011

  4. Amy wants a stimulus program because people are ut of work and because the first stimulus worked.

    http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2011/08/it-looks-stimulus-worked-after-all

    Comment by Neil Aquino | December 9, 2011

  5. Oh, okay. So maybe it’s just her opposition to a free trade agreement with South Korea that’s based on her mistaken assumption that U.S. manufacturing has been “killed.” Is that right? I’m puzzled how you help the economics of a port city by preventing trade. Maybe she holds manufacturing jobs as more important than port jobs, but then I’d expect her show that Houston-made goods will be supplanted by Korean-made ones to a greater extent than port jobs will be created.

    She also appears to applaud war-related manufacturing as being good for the U.S. Never thought I’d see a Green longing for the good ol’ days of dirty heavy industry churning out means of destruction.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | December 9, 2011

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