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Happy Labor Day (not)

Posted: August 29, 2014 in -
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Kick off Labor Day weekend with some depressing charts

This is what happens when a large chunk of the working class takes their marching orders from billionaire fronts – Fox, right wing think tanks, etc.

Dear deluded right wing working class person–

The billionaires hate “big government” the kind that helps people in need, because they are not people in need. It is not in their interest to have revenue flow toward people who are not them.

You, on the other hand, will likely be in need, particularly as you age and find that food, shelter and medicine are unaffordable. Without Social Security, Medicare and other “big government” assistance, which is social insurance, you may find yourself on the street being eaten by wild dogs. That’s what “big government” has grown up to prevent from happening — THE WAY IT USED TO BE.

Government needs to be exactly as big as it needs to be to do the most good for the most people. The problem is that the priorities are largely focused on doing harm, erasing civil liberties, waging perpetual wars, and getting away with murder and pillage around the world.

Charts like the above don’t happen in a vacuum. They are the product of numerous changes, including globalization, the rigging of the tax code in favor of billionaires and hiding money off-shore. As more wealth is sucked out of the economy into private, off-shore accounts and foreign investments YOU, the American workers, grow poorer. Your environmental protections and worker safety laws are attacked in order to make you more like a third world worker who has no rights, breathes toxic smog without complaint, earns peanuts, and is disposable (THE WAY IT WAS RIGHT HERE PRIOR TO THE 1930S).

And that’s the way it is…