Waging War on American Workers - by Stephen Lendman
Target one is America's middle class, endangered after decades of wealth shifts to super-rich elites besides most high-pay, good benefit jobs, offshored to cheap labor markets - a policy Washington's duopoly endorses. It's the most serious threat to middle America since attacks began in the 1970s.
On December 23, 1957, The Dan Smoot Report published novelist Taylor Caldwell's (1900 - 1985) article, titled "Honoria," the true story of a former great nation and lessons to be learned from its demise.
She explained how men seeking freedom became Pilgrims, endured terrible hardships, yet survived, prospered, and gained power. They established colonies, believed in God, hard work, public education, and transformed villages into towns and cities.
Others joined them, establishing new colonies, then uniting them. A civil war intervened. The republic was divided. A leader was assassinated, but prosperity followed conflict resolution. However, arrogance, corruption, and foreign entanglements followed. At issue - insatiable greed, not defending civilized world freedoms.
Wars resulted. Repressive laws passed, but Honoria had "a strong, industrious middle class, composed of farmers, artisans, (and) shopkeepers." However, they posed a threat to wealth and power so had to go to let elites rule unchallenged. Targeted by oppression, they "were reduced to despair," and began "dwindl(ing) away....Morality was dead."
The monstrous, bureaucratic state "was happy." People wanted entertainment, not freedom. Leaders waged more wars. Honoria became more corrupt and extremist. Its middle class eroded, died, and barbarians moved in.
Who was to blame? "Honoria, of course," at the expense of its own citizens. They sacrificed for the common good but were betrayed. Over hundreds of years, Honoria rose and fell. Its real name? "Ancient Rome," America its modern equivalent.
America, the New Rome
As constitutional freedoms and middle class prosperity erode, America is slowly dying. Like Rome, two empires share a remarkably common history. Both rose and prospered, then overextended, "rushed to the abyss," and couldn't turn back. America is on its edge. Its belligerence exceeds Rome's. Its excesses are unsustainable. Its middle class is dying, its democracy a mere figure of speech.
Today, super-wealth rules a once great nation, malignant with corruption, delusional grandeur notions, and might ideologically triumphing over right. It's a self-destructive path harming working Americans most, especially the once vibrant middle class, targeted for destruction. Democracy depends on preserving it as a buffer against tyranny. Slowly, however, it's suffocating and dying, and with it the remnants of freedom.
A New Congress Highlights An Accelerated Ruinous Path
On January 3, the 112th Congress convened, its agenda accelerating America's ruin.
In 2011, federal and state governments plan major social services cuts and other ways to address deficit and budget problems through less social spending, layoffs, and other draconian measures. At the same time, America's aristocracy is flourishing, largely at the expense of exploited workers. Their assets flow upward to make super-rich society richer, facilitated by bipartisan political complicity and corruption.
Incoming House Republicans promise budget cuts of $100 billion, largely on the backs of working Americans who can least afford it. Given Obama's austerity pledge, bipartisan agreement may target entitlements, including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, as well as education, transportation, and other discretionary areas to match 2008 levels. However, achieving it requires 20% cuts across the board from the $477 billion Congress allocated in FY 2010, ending September 30.
According to House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan, "That's where you get the savings." On January 6, he also told Bloomberg News that potential state defaults won't be saved by bailouts, saying "We are not interested in a bailout."