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"WORKERS ARE READY = WAR"

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The "CORPORATE/GOP ALLIANCE AGAINST WORKERS RIGHTS" hated workers being provided with social safety nets to help them in sickness and in old age, rather than simply letting them be discarded on the junkpile and replaced with newer, ypounger workers.   

 

The "CORPORATE/GOP ALLIANCE AGAINST WORKERS RIGHTS" hated Lyndon Baines Johnson's War on Poverty."

 

The "CORPORATE/GOP ALLIANCE AGAINST WORKERS RIGHTS" has been fighting for over 30 years to take back what Progressives and brave citizens--our parents, grandparents and great grandparents--fought for and achieved.

 

Are many of you aware that the "real income" of American workers has not increased since 1973, while that of the top 2% has skyrocketed since that time?  We were the frogs in the pot of water thinking that we were taking a warm bath as the water temperature steadily rose to a boiling point.     

 

I began to be aware of it way back when Ronald Reagan ran for office and proclaimed that the Government was the "enemy," and not the servant/protector of the people.  In 1981 our "beloved" Reagan fired 11,000 unionized Air Traffic Controllers, beginning the slow but steady death of American Unions.  Today, only 7% of all privately employed Americans still have the right to belong to a Union, and the 36% of Public employees who are still unionized are being stripped of their rights as we speak.

 

Now, ever single day I am flooded with new details of what the "CORPORATE/GOP ALLIANCE" is doing to destroy what is left of the American Dream.  They are so proud and giddy with their recent successes that they are beginning to be openly smug about it.                 

 

But they don't seem to see or hear the increased rumbling in the jungle.  An old hit song from my youtt--"The Lion Sleeps Tonight"--was thought by us to be just a nice song with a pleasant melody.  I learned much later that it was meant to be a signal among the natives that--while their masters slept--the lions were becoming increasingly restless, and angry.  I don't know if that interpretation was accurate or not, but I do know that while people like John Boehner gets his tan, and Paul Ryan sips his $300 bottles of wine,  I and many many of my friends are rumbling among ourselves in the jungle.

 

I am now 64 years old.  I grew up in the 1950's when life was young, we had won the Great War, the Middle Class was growing, our parents were working and buying homes, and we children had the opportunity to afford college so we too could participate in the American dream.  Now in my dark moments I see how much was lost, and how much more is slipping away.  I worry about my children and my grandchildren.

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I am a semi-retired 64 year old psychotherapist. I am a Progressive and a Democrat. I admire FDR and Teddy Roosevelt. Despite my disappointment with the Democratic Party I find the far-Right Republicans to be much much worse. I deplore living in (more...)
 
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