Got An Idea to Save the Middle-Class?


Trickle-up” is an accurate description of the present condition.

I want to mention “Reaganomics, trickle-down, and public safety, all in the same short post, so let’s talk about a “tipping point” in American history.

That point would be when Reagan ‘busted’ the Air Traffic Controller’s union. That single action began the long decline that American workers, of all varieties have been on ever since. It also marked a sharp increase in industrialists gaining more and more power over politics and government.

Reagan didn’t invent this stuff, it has always been a corporate tactic to bust unions and buy politicians, but Ronnie put such a spin on it, that it made people feel that it was okay and even damned patriotic.

Good, reliable data, charted and graphed, shows that time as the starting point of the decades long rise of corporate profits. At the same time that profits rose and the wealthy thrived, blue collar worker’s ‘real’ wages stagnated.

This entire scenario puts all in our society in an increasingly dangerous class-warfare that effects public safety. Our workers and therefor our society face a new phenomena: the “flat world”.

Thomas Friedman article here: 

http://reginaphelps.com/pdfs/FlatWorld.pdf

In conclusion; The corporate buyout of American government has been complete for may years. Fox News conservatives would have you believe that regulation (protecting the public) is the big problem causing poor job growth, but that’s just not the case.

It is just this simple; we may pay $10 per hour, foreign companies may pay $10 a day. Our wages stay at the same level or decline while theirs slowly creep up. We are on our way to being the same waged employees as China and Mexico, or we will have no jobs at all.

Our middle class is disappearing into poverty while our corporate, financial and government masters get pushed up even farther into wealth and power.

Solutions? Hmmmm….

List a few common sense ideas to save our middle/lower economic classes, and I’ll bet I can find the Fox News footage demonizing those same ideas as unpatriotic, nanny-state government that is just seeking to hinder business from growing and employing here.

Middle/lower classes of white people are flocking to conservatism, drinking their kool-aid, and sealing their fate in serfdom for generations to come.

Stupid is, as stupid does.

The proliferation of talking heads and lobbyists leading the stupid into their own demise on the many new forms of media, almost guarantees the continuing gridlock in government, and class warfare from the top on the bottom.

Any progressive or populist solutions to the nation’s problems are always crushed by ‘Captain Obvious”, that is, by the overwhelming amount of money being spent on propaganda (talk radio, Fox News, PAC’s, etc.) that plays to the average person’s most base emotions while ensuring nothing sensible and logical is ever presented to them.

Got an idea to save the middle-class?

Good luck. It’ll happen when Hell freezes over!

You unpatriotic, communist, socialistic dullard.

You’re just another “Meathead”, you hippy-type character from the ‘All In the Family’ sitcom.

Stifle it. Dingbat!….Where’s my supper?

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10 responses to “Got An Idea to Save the Middle-Class?

  1. situation you describe could just as easily be applied to the UK !

    The rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and the middle class get squeezed ever more tightly.

    Big Business and wealthy individuals make sure, through donations to political parties, that policies pursued favor their own interests.

    Attempts to levy higher taxes on the wealthy are rebutted by claims that so doing will stop them investing in this country, taking their money overseas, and lead to job losses – ignoring the fact that one of the reasons they are wealthy in the first place is because they have already abandoned UK or USA workers – closing their factories here and moving production of their goods to asia and china to take advantage of slave cheap labor and less stringent health and safety regulations

    • Hi Duncan. Yes, I see it over there too.
      I just don’t get it.
      How many times do we have to show proof positive that those arguments (defending the wealthy’s rise) hold no water?
      Rural and small-town USA used to be the ideal place for manufacturing , but all the numbers show that those types of investments have now gone overseas. Investors seem all to willing to sacrifice quality, and their own middle class, for the almighty dollar.
      Of course, the poorer 99% of the population is held powerless, and stands by in frustration, anger and bewilderment.
      ‘Archie Bunkers’ of the world continue to vote for the folks who are helping this sad scenario along.
      God help us all.

  2. I appreciate your mention of public safety. We seem to get lost in the shuffle and din of angry voices.

    You know that I blog extensively about the role of public safety workers in the political discourse. It’s so frustrating to me. I believe we could play a pivotal role, if the citizens would allow it.

    It’s frustrating, but I have to believe we can win. I won’t believe that it will have to come down to hell freezing over. Occupy Wall Street is, to me, a very good sign. We can do this.

    • I love the protests on Wall Street.
      Of all the truly criminal things that have been overlooked, the crooks and liars that led the world into the current fiscal crisis make my blood boil the most.
      There were, and are, many obvious crooks that have been given a free pass by the government that should protect us. In this respect, Republicans and Democrats share equal in the blame.
      Xavier, if I were anywhere close to NYC, I would join the protesters in a heartbeat!
      Do all that you can do to promote sound policy for public safety and sanity in government. IF, you find anything effective that others can help with, please let us know when and where.

  3. Love this article and the top comment:
    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/10/03/333925/top-5-reasons-why-the-occupy-wall-street-protests-embody-values-of-the-real-boston-tea-party/

    Sorry TeaBaggers, you don’t know your history and we are taking the narrative back. We will no longer sit on the sidelines while the corporations that fund and support you destroy this country. We are the 99% and oddly enough so are you.

    Sean O’Riordan · Top Commenter · Co-Owner at Rachel Stephens Photography for Women

  4. I enjoy, cause I discovered just what I was taking a look for. You have ended my four day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye

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