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The Escalating War Within America: A House Divided

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Message Michael Payne

When has America been so polarized, with so much division between the various elements of this society? A war is raging within and across America. During one of the most trying times in our history, this nation, this society, instead of pulling together to address and solve our massive problems, is waging a war against itself and, in the process, is pulling our country apart.


If I had to use one word to describe what this war is all about, it would be "wealth." Yes, it's a battle over who will control the wealth of America. This struggle is often referred to as being between the "haves" and the "have nots" or, in more controversial terms, a Class War. And, at this point in time, it's not the least bit difficult to determine who is winning.


There's certainly nothing wrong with the accumulation of wealth, as such, for that's part of the American way of life. Those with more education, talent and expertise, who use their skills in highly productive ways, deserve higher earnings. However, the division of wealth in America today has become so skewed and unbalanced that it seems like we are currently living in a modern-day version of the Feudal System in which the rich are lords and barons and the rest of Americans are serfs and peasants.


In America today there are over 400 billionaires. Contrast that with the fact that one in seven Americans, or about 46 million people, are currently living below the poverty line and an equal number are on food stamps. Those at the top of the income ladder have an inordinate percentage of America's wealth but their appetite for more and more seems to be insatiable. Those on the bottom rungs are desperately trying to survive. In a nation said to be the richest in the world that is a national disgrace.


Another major battle going on in America is, without a doubt, Corporate America versus the American people. U.S. corporations have basically seized control of America's national agenda and are dictating the direction of this nation. Their objective is quite simple; it's profits above all else. They literally own the U.S. Congress and, yes, even the White House. The main target of corporations is the American worker who is fast becoming an endangered species.


It's evident that these corporations have a master plan for the American work force which goes something like this: In the first phase of this plan, over a period of three decades, they steadily outsourced American jobs to China and other overseas nations. They are now utilizing this cheap, slave labor to manufacture products for the U.S. as well as rapidly developing markets in other nations.


It's not that these corporations intend to totally eliminate American workers, for the simple reason that they need to keep them around as consumers. Corporations want it both ways; cut out as many of jobs as possible, use more and more labor saving production techniques, and reduce the complexity of operations. Then adjust the labor rates to the point that most will be at the minimum wage, making them more equal to those overseas.


So as this master plan progresses there will be fewer, lower paid workers but they will still remain as consumers; albeit, consumers with less purchasing power. But this can still be a good outcome for corporations; workforces overseas and in America, all working for minimal wages. The costs of production will continue to decline but the profits will skyrocket. Isn't that a great plan? It may be very effective but it is part of the continuing war on American workers that shows no sign of abatement.


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