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Papa John's Manifesto

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The greatest single barrier to economic fairness are members of the ninety-nine percent who are unaware of where their best interests lie and actively, albeit unknowingly, undermine the effort to bring fair compensation to all working individuals.  Sadly, these are the very people who would benefit the most from it.  This class of person is by far the most formidable impediment as they undermine the proletariat's greatest asset: numerosity.  Without such resistance, in our democracy, the oppressive class would be stripped of its ability to create economic distress en masse for the sake of achieving wider than necessary profit margins. Although external factors will exert their influence, the battle for economic fairness will be waged and determined within the population's core. 


The push to bring fair compensation to all working members of our society has been an uphill battle.  Strides have been made and the working class is unequivocally in a better position than it was one-hundred years ago; but there is still work to do. The fact that progress has been made, notwithstanding certain moments of regression, should serve as hope that change can be effectuated.  As a country, we are closer to achieving this equitable goal than many realize, but a fierce resistance has been mounted on one of the last frontiers: the frontier of affordable health care.   As the formula to provide a comfortable standard of living to the working individual continues to evolve, affordable health care remains one of the largest missing pieces.  In a lot of middle class familial situations, it is the only piece missing.  The same applies to the level of compensation for many working class individuals where the inclusion of affordable health care would render their compensation fair.  To many, obtaining a comfortable standard of living is the American dream. As a country we should we should strive to keep this dream alive for those who are willing to work for it.   


The masses are the engine that drives this country.  Collectively, it was working class tax dollars that paid for the bailouts that pulled this country out of its worst economic depression since The New Deal era.  Our precious auto and financial industries, which are so vital to this county's survival, were preserved on the backs of the wage-earners.  Now the wage-earners want their consideration, and this bill is long overdue.  Many individuals of the wealthy elite were held up by the middle class during the recession; going forward, it is only fair to ensure they receive fair compensation for their work. 


This is not class warfare; to the contrary, the classes need each other.  Specifically, they must nurture a symbiotic relationship to keep both healthy and viable.  For too long the working class has carried a disproportionate amount of the weight.  This is not a call for one class to supplant and subjugate the other or for the upper class to bear a disproportionate burden.  This is a call for fairness.  Give the common people fair trade for their labor and services; let them earn a comfortable lifestyle.  Too many individuals are working full-time for less than fair compensation.  They are working full-time and are unable to attain decent shelter, food, clothing and affordable health care in exchange.  This is not a high standard and yet millions of working individuals are held below it in the pursuit of excessive wealth. 


Some people who read this document will quickly dismiss it on grounds that it is "communistic." Such rhetoric will most likely come from persons who neglected to actually read the piece, let alone the paragraph that expressly rejects communism, holding its utility to be strictly suited for small, commune-type collectives.  Nor will they read the part that endorses capitalism with equitable constraints.  To be fair, a lot of its supporters will probably also fail to actually read it; that just seems to be the norm in this country.  The import of proffering informed opinions seems to be diminishing by the day.  Certain media sources actually thrive on this aspect of intellectual regression.  For the record, this manifesto is about human decency and fundamental fairness.  It is about taking care of the middle class, the backbone of our country, but not at the undue expense of the wealthy.  It is about finding a healthy balance between the classes and fostering a mutually beneficial relationship therein.


Historically, the oppressive class has put great stock in the formula: the less informed the masses are, the easier it is to control them.  A poorly informed populous class is much less likely to understand what its best interests are, what controlling members of government have those interests in mind and what overarching political policies are most favorable to the common people as a whole.  A lot of detractors will try to shift the focus onto people who are chronically unemployed.  That topic is worthy of discussion, but it is wholly irrelevant to addressing the issue at hand. It is important not to succumb to misdirection tactics designed to divide and misplace accountability. This manifesto is advocating the need to provide working individuals with fair compensation for their labor and services.  It is demanding that companies who generate huge sums of money exercise due care and take responsibility for the welfare of their work forces rather than saddle the taxpayers with this duty.  There are too many people who are not only willing, but actually do grind out a full week of work for compensation and benefits, or lack thereof, that keep them well below a comfortable standard of living.  This needs to change.    


The government can only do so much.  Our society has made great strides since the era where steel, coal and oil barons operated with impunity, devoid of empathy for the commoner. However, greed has prevented fair compensation from reaching all levels of the working class. Neither political party has been able to achieve such equity, but we the people can; the masses can.  The most valuable asset of the populous class is its numerosity.  We are the engine that drives the major sectors, whether it be industrial, energy, service, military or agricultural.  This is not a call for violence or even a revolution.  It is more of a call for evolution.  It is a call to make a stand.                           


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Hello, I am submitting a manifesto that I wrote in response to Papa John's comments regarding Obamacare and the overarching issue of affordable health care and entitlement to a livable wage in our country. I hope you publish it. -RWH
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