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Since Labor Day is almost upon us and since our PARC chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is holding it's meeting on that day I thought that it would be apropos to do a little analysis of the situation that confronts the American worker, the American family and 99% of all Americans in today's political and economic environment.

No matter what George W. Bush, Karl Rove, the Republicans say about the "great" economy we have, most Americans are in deep trouble economically and unless something is done soon there are going to be many more families dropping down into the Americans that are unemployed, uninsured and poor.

I think that the following articles make it very plain what is really happing in this country and the reasons for it.

I want you to ask yourself, "Am I better off today than I was before 2001?" "Are my children better off since then?" Are my grandchildren better off?" Then I want you to consider the possibility that these Republicans remain in control of the government indefinitely (which is their goal). Then ask yourself, "How will things get better?"

The answer is yes they will get better if we throw the bums out, including Republican clones like Joe Lieberman and all the other corporate controlled DLC turncoats.

So get out and get active, join a union, get registered to vote, get your family and friends registered, and volunteer to help in a progressive's political campaign and then you, your family and friends vote for progressive and populist candidates this November.

Shayne Munger
Riverside, CA
A member of the Democratic Party, PDA, DFA, Moveon.org and more

The apropos articles:

The Year the Levees Broke

By Greg Palast in New Orleans
From GregPalast.com
August 24, 2006

What is the unreported cause of the majority of the 2,000 deaths that occurred after the levees broke last year on August 29? Catch Greg Palast's investigative exposé this Monday on Amy Goodman's Democracy Now! And on Tuesday, watch his one-hour Special on LinkTV. Listings at LinkTV.org.

America went through a terrible year. The levees broke in New Orleans. When bodies floated in the streets, the Republican Congress saw an opportunity for more tax cuts and consolidation of the corporatopia they had created for their moneyed donors. The Democratic Party was clueless, written off, politically at death's door.

The year was 1927.

Back then, when the levees broke, America awoke. Public anger rose in a floodtide, and in that year, the USA entered its most revolutionary period since 1776. The thirty-four-year-old utility commissioner of Louisiana, Huey P. Long, conceived of a plan to rebuild his state based on a radical program of redistributing wealth and power. The ambitious Governor of New York, Franklin D. Roosevelt, adopted it, and later named it The New Deal. America got rich and licked Hitler. It was our century.

It's 1927 again.

But this time, the Haves and Have-Mores have something better for you than a New Deal. They are offering "opportunity" -- a lottery ticket instead of a guarantee. Like double-or-nothing in the stock market instead of Social Security -- will the suckers go for it? There's one born every minute. I can't believe they're the majority, but at last count, they numbered over 59 million. And they vote.

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