WikiCommons/Author: David Shankbone

The mixed messages of the Occupy Wall Street movement have left many Americans confused about what it really is they are trying to accomplish. Their vague messages include rants against corporate greed and pleas student loan forgiveness. But all their messages have one thing in common: they represent a far left wing agenda.

With protests set up in nearly every major city in America, Heritage Foundation experts have decided to create and share a guide on how to deal with these protests.  We have asked our experts to weigh in on demands of the movement.

As Heritage investigative reporter Lachlan Markay puts it, the guide is “not as a response to a concrete political platform, but rather [a] part of a dialogue between the largely left-wing individuals ‘occupying’ cities nationwide, and the conservative movement.”

Here is the list of “occupier” demands as summarized by Markay on The Foundry. Click on each to jump right to the Heritage response.

1. Complete bans on federal political contributions, replaced by public campaign financing.

2. Reversal of the “Citizens United v. FEC” Supreme Court decision.

3. Combating Washington’s “revolving door.”

4. Bans on gifts to federal officials.

5. Tax reform – eliminating special carve-outs and increasing progressiveness.

6. Single-payer health care.

7. Increased environmental regulation.

8. Reduction of the national debt through a progressive income tax and elimination of corporate handouts.

9. Federal job-training programs.

10. Student loan debt forgiveness.

11. Immigration policy, including amnesty for illegals.

12. Recalling the U.S. military globally.

13. Education mandates and teacher pay.

14. Massive expansion of public works projects.

15. Spurring China to end currency manipulation.

16. Reenactment of the Glass-Steagall Act.

17. Refinance all underwater mortgages at 1% interest rate.

18. One-year freeze on all foreclosures.

19. Free air time for all political candidates who gather sufficient signatures.

20. Immediate withdrawal of all troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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