TAP America Provides Next Steps for Occupy Movement

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87 Percent of Americans Blame Washington Over Wall Street for Poor U.S. Economy

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We believe that our nation is at a crossroads. With the Occupy Wall Street protests, people are beginning to unite to take a stand for what they believe in and this is to be commended, although the Occupy Movement needs a clear plan for next steps.

TAP America, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening America and its citizens, today announced suggested next steps for all Americans and supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Since the beginning of the worldwide Occupy protests last month, citizens in major cities have taken to the streets in order to communicate their frustration with the U.S. economy by sending a clear message to Wall Street. Since the protests began last month, over 1000 Occupy events have taken place in 82 countries around the world, with over 100 events occurring across the United States.

Majority of Americans Blame Government Over Wall Street
In a new USA Today/Gallup survey, 78 percent of those surveyed said Wall Street deserves “a great deal” or a “fair amount” of blame for the poor economy, but even more – 87% - said the same about Washington. On who is more to blame for the weak state of the economy, 64 percent of people chose the federal government, while just 30 percent said it was fair while 44 percent said it was not.

“TAP America does not believe that the Federal Government nor Wall Street is solely responsible for the present problem,” said TAP America Founder Mark Bloome. “The deficit came due to members of both parties supporting spending over a balanced budget. Elected officials are more concerned about their next election than keeping the country strong. In essence, we have bought our prosperity through decades of deficit spending, now we are paying the price.“

Next Steps for the Occupy Movement
TAP America asks that citizens take the following steps in order to send a message to Wall Street and to our decision-makers to make to bring jobs and hope back to America:

1. Pledge to Buy American - If each citizen spent an additional dollar per day on American-made goods, this alone would create an additional million jobs in America. By taking individual action we can enact social change that will send a message that we want quality goods made by our own-two hands rather than those made in China.

2. Support Local American Merchants - By agreeing to support local businesses, we are keeping money in our local communities and keeping jobs local. TAP America believes in keeping our communities stable and healthy by supporting local farmers and merchants who are in our own backyard.

3. Understand Why People are Fed-Up - The bailouts of the large businesses and big banks are due to these institutions’ reckless practices of taking very high risks. According to Bloomberg News, over twelve trillion dollars were used either to prop up or lend to banks and other businesses such as AIG. Perhaps the Occupy Wall Street should consider having government break up these large institutions so that should they fail, the losses will be borne by the stockholders, not the tax payers.

4. Consider China’s Role in Our Economic Decline - The Chinese Communist Government has enacted several tactics and policies to attempt to gut out the American economy. By devaluing their currency, they are enticing businesses in the U.S. and other countries to send manufacturing jobs to China. As a result, America no longer has the same manufacturing base as a decade ago. Send a message to both businesses choosing to send American jobs overseas and the Chinese government by buying American made goods whenever possible.

Citizens Unite To Enact Change
“We believe that our nation is at a crossroads,” said Richard Tso, executive director of TAP America. “With the Occupy Wall Street protests, people are beginning to unite to take a stand for what they believe in and this is to be commended, although the Occupy Movement needs a clear plan for next steps. Indeed, action needs to start at the citizen-level in order to get our country moving again and this can be achieved by people taking individual responsibility to buy American and practice tolerance.”    

TAP America recently announced their TAP Certified Merchant program to encourage stores to stock at least 20% of U.S. goods and to increase their American made inventories by just 1% per month. As incentive, businesses who sign up are featured in news articles, included in the TAP online business directory, and are featured in a Groupon-like service called AmeriCoupon that helps people find deals on products made in America.

Since launching in January of 2011, TAP has created several national awareness campaigns aimed at promoting tolerance, encouraging people to stay physically active, and to purchase products made in America. For more information about TAP America, to volunteer or to make a donation, please visit http://www.tapamerica.org.

About TAP America
TAP America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing and strengthening America and its citizens. Founded in 2011 TAP embodies what it means to be American by promoting patriotism, tolerance and Americanism through education and multimedia educational programs. The tenets of TAP encourage people to be physically active, embrace equality and support the American economy by purchasing products made in America. TAP America Founder Mark Bloome created the organization out of love for his country and its people and a desire to promote patriotism, free from political and economic self-interest. For more information about TAP America or to volunteer please visit http://www.tapamerica.org.

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