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The Heart and Soul of America, the Middle Class, is Being Destroyed by the Massive Power of Corporatism

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The heart and soul of America, the middle class as we have known it, is under siege, is being ravaged, and is in the process of being dismantled. This is not delusional thinking; this is actually taking place as the American middle class is being beaten into submission by the masters of Corporatism.

How dangerous has this condition become? Check out this article that lists 30 statistics that indicate how the American middle class is "dying right before our eyes." These statistics are alarming; they portray a middle class that is being ripped apart. Each one of them can be tied either directly or indirectly to the massive, unrestrained power of Corporatism, backed by the strong support of the U.S. Congress. This deeply corrupted relationship between the powers of Corporatism and the U.S. government is clearly fascism. We can take that a step further and identify this relationship as "a betraying, treachery, or breach of allegiance" of the people of America.

During the past four decades, beginning in the 1970's, the collusive relationship between this government and the business community, primarily the banking industry, reached new heights. Between the presidents who occupied the White House, the members of Congress, and the Corporatists, they created an atmosphere in which vitally important regulations were eliminated and financial manipulation became an art form. These financial criminals were given free rein to cheat, steal and fleece the people of America at will.

And after the banksters had set the American people up as objects to be manipulated and tricked by using every conceivable form of fraudulent financial transactions, the associated masters of Corporatism moved in to take further advantage of the middle class. These were the giant corporations from which we purchase our food, our clothing, autos, appliances, and the myriad of electronic marvels such as smart phones that now dominate our lives. Many of them were transnational corporations that, while they may be headquartered in this country, have no bond, allegiance or loyalty to the American people. People are merely objects to be used in the pursuit of greater profitability.

Many of these corporations, especially the giant retail chains, employ many millions of Americans who work for the minimum wage and receive either minimal benefits or none at all. These workers might be thought of as the American version of the typical Chinese worker who earns a bare existence by producing the many products that are exported to this country. After these products are assembled overseas and arrive in America, millions of workers here earn minimal wages in the distribution and sales of these products for Wal-Mart, Target and other major chains. What these corporations have done is to develop a very clever system of very low cost labor in overseas nations that they are now expanding into America. You might call that the "best of both worlds."

The corporate world is now in the process of developing a newly reconstituted American workforce that will be entirely different from the one that once was the best and most highly paid in the world. This workforce will be one in which the workers, who have been beaten down over many years by the outsourcing of their jobs, are so hungry for work that they will do anything to get these jobs no matter how low the wages might be; forget the benefits, forget the pensions, this will be a matter of survival.

Think not, that this can't ever happen? Well, it just did; we have seen its beginning as the mayor of Scranton, Pa. cut pay for police, firefighters, garbage collectors and other public workers to the minimum wage of $7.25, saying that was all the city could afford. This may be the precursor of a larger movement that could spread across America by which millions more Americans could face the same massive pay cuts. This may have started in just one city but it is just one small element in the overall collusion going on between government and the corporate world that is transferring more and more wealth from the middle class to those at the top of the income ladder; those that now have taken control of America.

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When this treachery causes the middle class to go down for the count, this nation will lose its heart and soul, the foundation that held it together and made it the envy of the world. When those who once occupied the middle class are forced to occupy the lower income rungs of our society, their purchasing power will no longer fuel and sustain this country's consumer-driven economy. And this will have a cascading effect on this economy that will become impossible to reverse.

And when this nation's consumer-driven economy that is no longer driven by the purchasing power of the people, dies, America's system of capitalism will die with it. These shallow-thinking Corporatists are, in effect, preparing their own demise because their insatiable thirst for immediate profits is clouding their minds. They are not just tearing down the middle class; they are tearing down the foundations upon which this nation was built. But, then again, we must remember that Corporate America has three key objectives that are paramount to its success; they are, in order of importance -- profits, increased profits and maximized profits; nothing else matters.

Corporations will continue to outsource manufacturing and product assembly jobs to China and other overseas nations. They will also do the same for computer, cell phone and other communication and electronics support services to India, Thailand and many other countries. At some point, America will completely lose the largest portion of its computer programming, systems development, accounting and associated services to workers in other countries where labor is dirt cheap and benefits don't exist. And millions more Americans will fall out of the middle class.

The middle class that's under siege includes not only those millions of Americans who have lost their jobs, are dependent on unemployment checks, have had their homes foreclosed, and those who have to set aside their pride and make regular visits to the local food pantry. It also includes millions of other people of the middle class that are still employed by corporations, but who live in constant fear of losing their jobs. They see what has happened to so many of their fellow Americans and they know that they may be next in line to become victims of this system. Many have given their corporate masters concessions in reduced wages and benefits and, yet, that never seems to be enough to satisfy those who earn their huge salaries and bonuses by reducing forces and increasing profitability.

And here's something that absolutely boggles the mind. By now, the majority of Americans, including the middle class, are aware that the Republicans and the corporations of America are joined at the hip, their objectives are identical. Corporations continue eliminating jobs, fully knowing that they are taking down the middle class. Republicans refuse to create jobs and are hell bent on eliminating all essential social programs that benefit people in need. And yet, millions of these same people who are under a direct and vicious attack by these two entities continue to support them. That's just plain crazy; that what's commonly referred to as self-inflicted pain or, as some might say, cutting your own throat.

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What is almost beyond comprehension is the fact that as these massive, powerful corporations are eliminating millions of American's jobs and dismantling the middle class, these same Americans who are being thrown under the bus have no choice but to continue to purchase their products and services They are, in effect, contributing to the profitability of the very corporations who are destroying their jobs and making their lives miserable. That could not be more ironic, more tragic. It's like the people are locked into a system from which there is no escape.

There are ways by which this destruction of the middle class can be slowed and eventually reversed; the best way to do it is for the people of America to bring an enormous, unrelenting pressure on Congress; there is no question that Congress has the power to create a system to bring an end to job outsourcing by using very generous tax incentives and severe tax penalties on corporations. Also, organized, targeted national boycotts against the worst offending corporations could force them to bring jobs back to America. Continuous, massive protests and demonstrations involving millions of the middle class who are suffering could have a great impact. There are so many ways by which the people of America could strike back at their oppressors but nothing is happening and it seems as if millions of Americans are becoming resigned to their fate.

There are 313 million people who live in this country and there are a great many that possess the necessary talents and skills that could lead a massive movement to turn this situation around. Yes, they are out there somewhere but they just continue to watch as the unraveling of this nation takes place. They see what is happening, they see the middle class taking a terrible beating, and they know that is absolutely must be reversed. But, when their nation desperately needs them, where in the world are they?

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Michael Payne is an independent progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues; and especially with the great dangers involved with the proliferation of perpetual war, the associated defense (more...)

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When this treachery causes the middle class t... by michael payne on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012 at 12:26:15 PM
A suggestion for you; you correctly single out the... by agwscam on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012 at 2:22:49 PM
may better clarify what I actually said. So here i... by michael payne on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012 at 3:24:42 PM
These forces are as a cancer, consuming it's host.... by James Tennier on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012 at 3:55:15 PM
The top 10% now have 75% of the wealth and 60% sha... by Eugene Patrick Devany on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012 at 4:12:23 PM
Yet most citizens go about their business like it'... by John Rachel on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012 at 5:05:31 PM
I wish someone would come up with a theory or simp... by John Rachel on Friday, Jul 13, 2012 at 8:54:55 PM
I can't recall a comment and question, "WHAT... by michael payne on Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 11:27:54 AM