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04:02 PM on 03/11/2011
Thank you! I hope it is true that the middle class is waking up. I attended a pro-union MoveOn rally at the Rhode Island state house, and more than half of the 3-400 people there were non-union persons who had come out in support. May those numbers grow.
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03:42 PM on 03/11/2011
very good artical, however complacent No.. disgusted,, its like choosing between the spit or the shineola
03:23 PM on 03/11/2011
Corruption of our system is America's Problem. All our woes derive from that fact.

When you have a corrupt system, the majority (if not all) the politicians will be corrupt.
Changing the players without changing the system is useless.

Campaign Reform would heal the split of the American people that big money has encouraged in order to weaken us and keep us fighting with each other.

If our politicians were not bought, I bet they could come together in no time and fix most if not ALL of our problems in no time.

Until EVERYONE starts talking and blogging and marching for Campaign Reform we are just doing what Noam Chomsky pointed out.

"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum."

Campaign Finance Reform can be done but everyone must be made to realize that it has to be first and foremost, otherwise any improvements will either be non-existent or temporary at the best.

They throw us a bone every once in a while to appease us but now instead of beef bones they are throwing chicken bones if we are lucky.

Blaming this and that politician does no good. The blame lies ultimately on American citizens.
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04:09 PM on 03/11/2011
Yet another stellar post by Cody!
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pattio66
Stand easy, Grace!
04:26 PM on 03/11/2011
"Changing the players without changing the system is useless."

Well said, cody, fanned and faved
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OleLadySquawking
'Trickled' on since 1987!
03:16 PM on 03/11/2011
I became a victim of the class warfare on a cold January day in 1987, the day the wire company I worked at said, take a pay and benefit cut, let us cut the retirees pensions and benefits in half, and we'll let you keep your job. My union walked and the company hired people for a lot less, they then ran the company in to the ground, trying to keep up with the companies that had already moved overseas in search of slave labor to increase their profits.

I retrained as a nurse and went to work at a city run hospital in 1990, and then someone there decided that the union cost to much in operating costs and turned it into a private one in 1995. Once again my pay and pension was cut. In 1999 I couldn't take the stress of too many patients not enough time and took a job in a state prison. Today that job is at risk for pension and wage cuts.

I never was materialistic, we have a small house, drive old cars and camp for most of our vacations. I find it sickening that I am now villainized as being a lazy, greedy state worker. I do a job that most would never take. I took pride in every job I've held and did them all to the best of my ability. And all for what? To watch the American Dream shrink before my eyes? Not if I can help it!
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Stephen Herrington
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03:57 PM on 03/11/2011
You've been down a rough road. You have lots of company but that doesn't make it better or in anyway justified. Stand with the unions. They are the only organized force in opposition to what businessmen do as a natural objective of profit, namely, destroy their own markets for product.
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OleLadySquawking
'Trickled' on since 1987!
10:15 PM on 03/11/2011
A family friend owned a roofing business that did work on all the major manufacturing plants in our area. Just as my union went out on strike, he said to me that the trouble with unions is that the people wanted too much, like new TVs and refrigerators. I asked him who was supposed to buy the new TVs if people just made enough to put a roof over their head, food on the table and clothes on their back? And without the plants, where would he get his business? He just laughed. All these years later, his son has to seek roofing jobs 200 miles away because there are no more plants in our area. And most of the jobs are low paying warehouse ones that now store products like the wire I used to make. And many people have to work 3 jobs, just to put food on the table. the roof over their heads...! The writings on the wall, cut the unions pay and benefits and the private sector will do the same. But now the companies won't need any of us to buy their products because the rising economic forces are all overseas, where my old job is and they can sell the goods even cheaper to their newest cheap labor.
11:21 PM on 03/11/2011
Globalization opened doors to slave labor. Unfortunately, that cannot be stopped. Modern technology makes it too easy for businesses hire overseas.
Our unions are our only defense from wages being cut to the 3rd world level. They should be re-affirmed and increased in power. Legislations should be put in place that would make it illegal for government to buy products that are not made in America. And, as American products go, the preference should be given to union-made products.
Until then we are on the fast road to the 3rd world economy
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02:39 PM on 03/11/2011
GOP class warfare has officially become a full frontal attack. The deregulation resulting in higher prices has been replaced by spending cuts projected to cut hundreds of thousands of jobs, attempts to tear down SS and Medicare along with attacks on basic organizing rights and pensions of middle class public employees. Their platform is fully regressive and its reflected in the party's declining favorability ratings. The more they press on the economic issues, the larger the backlash gets.
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pattio66
Stand easy, Grace!
04:50 PM on 03/11/2011
One can only hope...I've been paying into SS and Medicare for thirty years now and if it's not going to be available for me in my dotage, I want my money with interest back immediately.
02:14 PM on 03/11/2011
Complacent, or maybe just exhausted?
01:54 PM on 03/11/2011
Unfortunately, I don't share Herrington's optimism. The majority of American workers, many who are Tea Partiers and (for some reason) conservative, will do nothing until it is too late. The destruction of the blue collar worker as a viable politcal entity, has for the most part, already been achieved while the middle class stood by and said nothing as long as they got shoddily made goods cheap. Now the white collar middle class has begun an unretrievable downhill spiral. I say this because the corporate powers have achieved their goal of setting different groups of working people to fighting and blaming each other for their problems. They are manipulating and gaining control of education, the key to success, so that only the privileged rich will be able to get it, further crushing the working classes. Sadly, there will be no unified attempts to change until the economy totally collapses into another great depression. I fear that by then it will be too late, the "American Dream" will be extinct, laws and policies that once protected the workers will be gone, and American society will have changed forever.
02:31 PM on 03/11/2011
A quick check of the events of the last two weeks should allow you to change your assessment. It's no longer reasonable to follow Tea Party or conservative politics. Either you're with corporate welfare and against social welfare, or you're un-American no longer works. The wealthiest now stand alone.
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pattio66
Stand easy, Grace!
04:31 PM on 03/11/2011
you make a very good point...the working poor have been trained to demonize the slightly better-off middle class, and the middle class has been taught that the poor are the reason for their woes. They've played us off against ourselves for far too long. The grand American experiment of a capitalistic republic is a failure, and we're all complicit in its death.
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Martha Fair
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11:49 PM on 03/19/2011
fan you pattio!
01:48 PM on 03/11/2011
Poll after poll demonstrates that the majority of Americans favor tax increases on the wealthy over cuts in social programs as a method of deficit reduction.

Naturally the wealthy people on Wall Street, and the wealthy people in Washington who do their bidding, would prefer a different solution. One that mainly harms, you know, poor people.

After all, that third house ain't gonna buy itself.
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Mark Knudsen
01:45 PM on 03/11/2011
I think ( well on rear occasions) that the majority of the people are so wraped up in themselves and their new toys they just must have lost contact with what goes on around them and have let these things happen..the middle class have brought it on them selves by being complacent and lazy. this is reflected on these web sights both here and others, they just sit around and complain wanting some one else come rescue them and they have been brain washed into to thinking thay have no power,,when in fact they have all the power because they are the ones who make it all posaable for the world to opperate...it is them who make the wheels go around in the factories and push the bottoms in the offices..drive the trucks sew the cloth into clothes..deliver the babies haul the trash away and build the homes for the elite...the elite can't provide for themselves we do that for them. but don't get to cocky it is them who provide the dollars to finance the building we build for them...we all need each other and when it gets out of balance things go wrong like here, egypt. the congo, ivory coast, tunisa and where ever else things go out of balalnce and this has gone on sense the begaining and us who were given the ability to reason haven't been able to reason this out
04:32 PM on 03/11/2011
Yes Mark, but what you fail to grasp is that the truck driver or nurse or teacher or plumber or electrician or police man did not have any power until they realized that by banding together in organizations with similar interests, they were so much stronger than each person individually. When 1000 truck drivers spoke as one person, they were listened to. I was a nurse making life and death decisions for patients and was paid barely minimum wage. While I'm not in agreement with all union practices our union did negotiate better salaries for us. We didn't just sit and complain we helped ourselves. The teachers of Wisconsin have just had that right to work together torn from them. But please note, only the teachers were effected. Policemen, firemen and state troopers SUPPORTED Scott Walker and they were allowed to keep their bargaining rights.
11:32 PM on 03/11/2011
Policemen and correction officers would always be allowed to keep all their rights (no governor would want a strike / uprising of his / her law enforcement). Everybody else is a fair game though
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Martha Fair
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12:04 AM on 03/20/2011
Please let it be known here that the brave firemen and policemen crossed that picket line in fact, to support those teachers in solidarity. Never let that be forgotten! They sacrificed their own security in order that others could know the value of solidarity, and that my friend.....was so totally remarkable and awe inspiring, that it blew me away! God bless you who are willing to put your security on the line to not compromise your values like so many of the others. I still cannot believe that they made this..the ultimate sacrifice. The RepubliBillys had their divide and conquer agenda backfire against them in the end. Bravo! Such braver and inspiring men and women. THANK YOU...We will NEVER FORGET!
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01:39 PM on 03/11/2011
Why your article isn't on the front page of HuffPo is beyond me.