Monday, September 5, 2011

A Real Working Class Hero

Because Americans keep voting against themselves, we now have this unemployment mess.
Since 1980, voters have been moving towards Republicans, with delusions of quick wealth and becoming victims of fear-mongering about "Welfare Queens" and the "Undeserving" stealing your hard earned tax dollars going to lazy malingerers. You've been lied to.
Republicans and capitalists and corporations never give a crap about Jobs....They want to get as much work out of you with as little pay as possible. And they want to pay no taxes...Taxes are for Workers to pay !

When greedy layoffs happen, the workers that are left behind then have to do even more work, and become burned out. A healthy corporation does mass layoffs only  to grow profits for shareholders. And, do workers have investments or 401K's...not many. On one hand, those middle class workers that have investments might benefit when corporations cut jobs, but, those same middle class workers might see their neck on the chopping block and be out of a job...and no investment is worth that.

Democrats have tried to wring Worker protections, unemployment benefits, job training, education benefits, and other considerations from the powerful in order to protect the American worker from exploitation. The New Deal in the Roosevelt admin in the 1930's changed the power balance in America. The New Deal was branded by the rich of the time as disasterous ! 

Yet, the greatest prosperity ever witnessed in America was from the late 30s thru the end of the 90s, when the attack on the worker began in hyper-speed against all the gains that were made.

 Cigar makers in Florida in the 30s

US corporations cut their work forces in the US by 2.9 million during the 2000s while increasing employment overseas by 2.4 million, new data from the U.S. Commerce Department show.
American jobs and factories were closed and re-opened in China and 3rd world countries around the globe.

Unions have come under massive attack. Worker rights have been repealed. Incomes fall. The rich rejoice ! They told you they wanted to end The New Deal, and they have just about done it!

The New Deal

What is bizarre is that when you ask Americans if they like Social Security, job protections, environment protections, and Medicare, they always say Yes ! Yet, they vote against these programs when they vote for Republican candidates who represent Corporate Fat Cats......
Unions and worker rights organizations stand as a bulwark against the power of mega-corporate power.

 Not all Fat Cats believe that sucking the blood from workers is right, and some believe it is destroying America. Warren Buffet said this in 2006,  "There’s class warfare, all right,” Mr. Buffett said, “but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

Beginning in 1980, Americans began to dislike unions because workers were manipulated to think that all unions were corrupt and were not protecting workers from exploitation. Reagan fired the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization in Aug 1981.
He did this to let workers know, they better not ask for good working conditions, better wages, and benefits, or Else!
That union, PATCO, was decertified in October 1981, by the Federal Labor Relations Authority, and Reagan decreed those striking workers could NEVER be rehired as an Air Traffic Controller.

Union buttons.

The history of unions shows a violent suppression by powerful money interests.....corporations, banks, insurance companies among them.
If you have benefits, vacation pay, sick days, worker training, unemployment benefits, safer working conditions (OSHA, environmental laws) THANK THE UNIONS !
They marched and fought and were murdered so you can have rights at work.
To see workers turn their back on the very institutions that give them hope and dignity is one of the most disgusting trends in America I've witnessed in my 56 years. Racism is on its way out of our culture only to be replaced with hatred of workers, by workers themselves !

Wisconsin Teachers
Yes, this is the enemy. 

It has been well documented that people have been voting against their own interests.
Fox channel, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, George Bush, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh...these people represent the RICH, and lie to you to undermine your faith in yourself and your fellow human.

Until we return to the days of Worker Power, we will never solve our recent unemployment problem.
If you have an hour, please spend it here, listening to this program, for a quick history of workers in America.

Woody Guthrie