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To Achieve Economic Democracy- Revolt Is What We Must

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The country's leaders are mainly interested in helping the banks and other large financial institutions. They don't care much about the rest of us. The recovery on Wall Street bears little relationship to what is happening on Main Street. The "human" economy, the one where people live and work and buy products, is suffering even as Wall Street and the stock market boom. The honchos at the top need to come down from their ivory towers and walk the streets and see and feel how the people are actually living. They should talk to real people and not only the rich who don't know, or even care to know, what needs to be done to help the bulk of the American public. They spend their time worrying about haughty international adventures and problems elsewhere. They need to concentrate on what is happening right here in America.


The bulk of American people are stuck in a permanent recession with no way out. Many people are suffering. They are, in many ways, the victims of our lopsided economy.  The upward mobility that made us the envy of the world, and always gave us our hope, is now history. If you are born poor, the chances are that you will remain poor and your children will have no better lives than the one you got.


Meanwhile, Corporations are making record profits. Their main interest is to take advantage of the situation. They have little social conscience. They strive to fleece the public of what money they have left in any way possible. This applies to most sectors of the economy ranging from health care to education to manufacturing. Every time I visit a doctor's office, a clinic or a hospital for example, I feel that I am entering a den of thieves looking for ways to stiff me more and more. Most of what they do is to find ways to exact more money, mostly as unneeded tests, expensive procedures, hospital stays and massive overcharges. The main purpose of these organizations is not your health but their profit.


Our representatives in Congress are failing to represent the needs of the majority. Instead, they mostly represent the interests of those who, through the legal bribes called campaign contributions, ensure their re-election. Being elected to Congress is no longer about public service. It is about enjoying a cushy job (with good health insurance) and joining the class of the rich and famous. It is about having the connections to help your children and those of your friends and associates get better jobs. The rest of us have no one to care for our needs. We are the forgotten majority.


It cannot continue this way. Something must be done. I'm afraid we can't vote our way out of this situation. We really need a revolution to redress the balance and address the needs of the silent majority. We have to force the changes we need. We need to get together, be tough and demonstrate relentlessly for more economic democracy. Masses of Americans need to March on Washington, occupy government buildings and force the passage of the necessary changes in the laws that govern our country. Interestingly, our demands will not differ significantly from those made in the March on Washington fifty years ago where Martin Luther King gave his famous "I have a dream' speech.


We desperately need to equalize our economy. The rich, and very rich, are just a tiny minority. We have the numbers to outvote them. The majority should rule. At a minimum, we should be able to agree on and force changes in the system along the following lines:


1.    The government should financially support those earning less than poverty level incomes to bring them up to that level.

2.    Any income, from any source, above that level would be taxed at a progressive tax rate the exact level of which would be determined in accordance with the prevailing budget needs.

3.    Corporate income would be treated the same way.

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