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The Rich Are Eating Us for Lunch-The Method to the Madness

The Rich Are Eating Us for Lunch-The Method to the Madness

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Published by Jane Gilgun
THE RICH ARE EATING US FOR LUNCH. They have more money than ever. The middle and working classes are poorer than ever. The Republican economic strategy is working. First, they lower taxes so that governments are on the brink of bankruptcy. Then they use the economic crisis to cut government programs. Millions of people are suffering, while the rich buy luxury goods. When are the rest of us going to stand up to these abuses of power. Feudalism is alive and well.
THE RICH ARE EATING US FOR LUNCH. They have more money than ever. The middle and working classes are poorer than ever. The Republican economic strategy is working. First, they lower taxes so that governments are on the brink of bankruptcy. Then they use the economic crisis to cut government programs. Millions of people are suffering, while the rich buy luxury goods. When are the rest of us going to stand up to these abuses of power. Feudalism is alive and well.

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Published by: Jane Gilgun on Jan 04, 2011
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TheRichareEatingUsForLunch:TheMethodtotheMadnessisWorking
Everythingisshrinkingexceptthemoneythesuperrichhave.ByJaneGilgun
THERICHAREEATINGUSFORLUNCH.Theyhavemoremoneythanever.Themiddleandworkingclassesarepoorerthanever.TheRepublicaneconomicstrategyisworking.First,theylowertaxessothatgovernmentsareonthebrinkofbankruptcy.Thentheyusetheeconomiccrisistocutgovernmentprograms.
 
Thatisexactlywhatishappening.Thefederalgovernmentdoesnothaveenoughincometosharewiththestates.Thestatesdon’thaveenoughmoneytopaytheirworkers.Stateswanttocutthewagesandbenefitsofworkers.Statesarereducingthesizesofpoliceandfireprotection.Schoolsareunderfunded.Teachersareunderpaid.Stategovernmentsdon’thaveenoughmoneytoprovidepensionstoretiredworkers.Theycan’tkeepupwithrepairofroadsandbridges.TheRepublicanswanttodoawaywithSocialSecuritythatkeepsmillionsoftheoldoutofpovertyANDPAYSFORITSELF.Theywanttopreventpoorpeoplefromhavinghealthcare.Democracy?TheRepublicansarewinningtheeconomicwaragainstthepoor,middleclass,andlowerupperclass.Mostofusdon’tknowwe’reinawar.Wethoughtwewereinademocracy.
 ACaseinPoint
Statesaresostrappedforcashthattheyareforcingunionstomakeconcessions.Whilesomeunionwagesandbenefitsareoutoflineandshouldbetrimmed,mostunionarenot.Unionsaretheonlywayworkerscanstanduptobosseswhowanttomakethemostmoneypossibleandwhodonotcarethatworkerscannotsupportthemselvesandtheirfamilies.Ihopetheunionsgiveinwhenthereareexcessesandthenrefusetogiveinafterthat.
 
Itsunfairtogoafterunionswhenthewagesandbenefitsarereasonable.Ifunionwagesareunreasonablyhigh,theyshouldbecut.Fairnessdemandsthat,too.Thestatesshouldbegoingaftertherichtomakethempaytheirfairshareoftaxes.Instead,theyknowunionsarevulnerable.UnionsarevulnerablemostlybecauseRepublicanshavestigmatizedthemascorruptandoverpaid.Republicanshavewonthewarofwords.Republicanspoliciesarecorruptandunfair.Thesepoliciesresultinacorpsofbusinessmenandotherelitesthatarevastlyoverpaid.Statesaregoingafterthewrongtargets.Theyaredoingexactlywhattheshort-sightedRepublicanswant.Republicansofthistypehavenoshame.Therestofusarestupidforbuyingintotheirincessantliesanddistortions.
ILikeBigGovernment
Ilikebiggovernment.Itisfairtotaxeveryoneaccordingtowhateachcanpay.Taxespayforroads,bridges,firefighters,andpolice.Theypayforpubliceducation.Educationisthetrueeconomicengineofacountry.Taxesoncemadecollegeaffordableforourchildren,butthereisnotenoughmoneyforhighereducationnow.Socialsecurityhelpsoldpeopletolivewithdignityandindependence.Cuttingtaxestocreateaneconomiccrisishurtsmillionsofpeople.Thequalityoflifeforallofusismadeworse.Anunemploymentrateofmorethan10%isoneoftheconsequencesoftheRepublicanplan.Thisisunacceptable.

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Thomas Cater added this note
It is not so much 'smoke and mirrors', as it is blind ignorance on the part of people who continue to vote for politicians that serve their own interests and the corporate interests that make them wealthy. They have made themselves 'beyond rich' and will do and say anything to hang onto their power. They are paid handsomely for doing very damn little except asking for more money and favors or con
David Welch added this note
Sorry, I live in a city, San Jose, and a state, California, where excessive public pension plans have bankrupted both. This is clearly a case of Democratic Party excesses and giveing in to public unions in their quest for votes. Yes, there are definitely big business excesses, especially in the banking area but lets be honest in our analysis.
Adelaide Dupont added this note
"Cutting taxes [...] hurts millions of people".
Jed Diamond added this note
Jane, Thanks for sharing this. People know there is a crisis going on, but we are hoodwinked into going after the wrong people. As you point out, most "big government" benefits the average person. Most "small government" supporters benefit "big business" and those that are getting rich at the expense of the rest of us.
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