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The GOP War on Workers Has Killed Again

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It's time to stop the conservatives' war on working people in the United States.

Since the birth of our nation, conservatives have always been wary of average working-class Americans having too much political or economic power.

John Adams, the second President of the United States and a Federalist (precursor to today's Republicans), was very wary of the working class, which he referred to as "the rabble."

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Adams believed that if a country or society wanted to be stable, then it must have a governing elite that must be separate in both power and privilege from "the rabble."

Many Federalists of the era didn't even want working class non-landowners to be able to vote.

In the era from the 1940s through the '70s, "the rabble" gained a lot of power in the US, both economically and politically.

They formed unions and led protests, and made life absolutely miserable for conservatives.

This strong working class and its support for Democrats like FDR led to Ronald Reagan leading the charge in the 1980s to take the working class down a notch.

Now, that 34-year-old conservative campaign to destroy the American working class, and strip it of its wealth and power is bearing fruit -- and claiming lives.

Last week, police in Elizabeth, New Jersey found 32-year-old Maria Fernandes dead in her car, which was parked in a convenience-store parking lot.

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Friends of Fernandes told police that she worked as many as four jobs, and often tried to catch some sleep between jobs, by pulling over in parking lots.

According to investigators, Fernandes' death may have been caused by inhalation of gasoline fumes, from a gas can that had spilled in the back seat of her car.

Fernandes' friends said that she kept a gas can in her car because she had, in the past, run out of gas while driving between jobs.

Fernandes' tragic and untimely death is a stark reminder of the challenges and struggles that low-wage working-class Americans face every day.

But working-class Americans like Maria Fernandes wouldn't have to face those struggles, and wouldn't have to live off of such low wages, if it weren't for the 34-year conservative war on working people.

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Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning New York Times best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk program on the Air America Radio Network, live noon-3 PM ET. www.thomhartmann.com His most recent books are "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights," "We The People," "What Would Jefferson Do?," "Screwed: The Undeclared War (more...)
 

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