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The Trojan Purse

Since 1947 the Taft-Hartley Act

has been invoked with increasing frequency

to curtail Labor's hard won right

to strike in order to bargain collectively.

To gather together with others in one's own interest

is now the exclusive province of corporations,

which decide our wages and hours, our access to healthcare,

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and whether our children can afford higher education.

The vote's been made a sham of,

co-opted by electronic manipulation.

Our "representatives" are bought off and belong to

the owners of the multinational plantation.

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The entire U.S. economy's been restructured

and returned to Robber Barons of the Gilded Age.

Government welfare now flows to the top 1%

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Vi's works appear widely both in print and online. She conducts Poetry Workshops and gives readings in Central New York. Her latest chapbook is "Sine Qua Non Antiques (an Arcanum of History, Geography and Treachery).

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