FOCUS for IPPA in 2012

At this moment in our country’s history a movement, now referred to as the Occupy Movement, has arisen on Wall Street in New York City and has spread across the country and beyond our shores. The motivating energy for the movement appears to be outrage over the severe economic inequality existing between the upper 1% and the remaining 99% of our population. The long-term mission of the movement is not yet clear or spelled out, but it appears to enjoy widespread support from many divergent groups within our country. They include the unemployed, labor unions, university students including many with massive educational debt and other citizens of all ages and walks of life. They are angered and energized by the seeming lack of interest and impotence of our government or the private economic sector to acknowledge or address the many underlying causes of this glaring inequality.
 IPPA believes that to address the complex aspects of social and economic malfunction and to better serve the “99%” it will take the implementation of a variety of significant government, private sector and cultural changes and innovative new policies. We also recognize the enormous resistance that exists in all the power centers of this country to the types of changes that will be necessary. IPPA plans to suggest on this blog site such policies that will emphasize not only economic issues but ethical considerations as well. Economic policies should be guided by more than the search for short term profit. They should also be consistent with our ethical standards: maximizing the health and psychological well-being of our families, local communities and our nation’s citizens. Call this value “social benefit”.

We recognize that such policies will not be implemented quickly or easily but for the future success of our country we believe they should be seriously considered on merit and receive honest and open debate. Our goal is also to inform the voting public of its right to expect candidates for election as well as appointed officials to embrace the value of social benefit to individuals and communities along economic considerations in the conduct of government.

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