The conflict over the all encompassing crackdown on illegal immigration in Arizona heated up Monday as vandals smeared refried beans in the shape of swastikas on the state Capitol's windows.
People are upset in America because 30 years of Reaganomics has destroyed the American Middle Class, most of the problem being with Romney-style Private Equity firms buying American businesses, saddling them with debt, stripping them down, moving their manufacturing to China, and then selling them off.
A small percentage of the problem is that our labor markets have been diluted by illegal immigrants, but while they're only a very small percentage of the problem, the right-wingers like Lou Dobbs point at them and say, "See? It's those brown people!" They're much more visible than the workers in China and Vietnam, who are never covered in the media, or the big corporations that have moved our jobs there.
Some recent studies conducted by the Pew Research Center reveal the scope of the economic crisis in the US and the resulting high level of hostility the majority of the American population has for the US government which has allowed this corporate misbehavior to wipe out average Americans economically.
One from March shows, 92 percent of Americans give the national economy a negative rating. 70 percent of the respondents report having suffered job-related and financial problems in the past year, an increase from 59 percent the year before. Fifty-four percent report someone in their home has been without a job and looking for work in the past year, up from 39 percent in 2009.
Another Pew research study from April 18 named "The People and Their Government," finds that "by almost every conceivable measure Americans are less positive and more critical of government these days."
It's time for our government to govern on behalf of the people rather than the transnational corporations and the banksters.
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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 Against the Middle (more...)