"The class which has the power to rob on a large scale has also the power to control the government and legalize their robbery."
If you ask any hard-working American who is tired of the abysmal economic climate and fed up with the current political system about the above quote, they wold say it sums up our present-day landscape accurately.
What's fascinating about those words is, though they show a perfect snapshot of what is happening in America and across the globe today, they were spoken by someone who lived 94 years ago.
So much has changed, yet so much has remained the same. Eugene Debs was speaking of the political and social climate of his day. Born in 1885 in Terre Haute, Ind., Debs spent his adult life fighting long and hard for the working class man and woman through unions.
Fast forward to 2012. Republican governors are aggressively stripping unions of their collective bargaining power, hellbent on crushing the organisation that has represented workers rights over the years, creating a negotiating table where there was none before.
These same Republicans cry foul when the middle class and the working poor say they are being squeezed out of making an adequate living while wealth among the richest Americans continues to grow rapidly.
They accuse President Obama, the Wall Street protesters and anyone who calls for a more level playing field and a fairer tax code of inciting class warfare. Many have pushed back, trying to show this isn't a war but simple mathematics. Well, I'm here to shockingly agree with Republicans: There is indeed class warfare raging in the U.S. But just who is the aggressor, and who is on the losing end?
In every war, there is a victor and the "mighty army" wielding the bazookas, tanks, grenades and bombs at the moment are the legislators in Washington who enact laws that benefit primarily the very wealthy. Legislators who block all laws that would help ease the burden of the middle class and below. Legislators who fight fiercely to extend laws that give more to those who already have the most.
"Trickernomics," as I like I call trickledown economics, is the biggest trickery perpetrated on the American people in our lifetimes. Starting with Republican president Ronald Reagan, this method of "give to the rich so they in turn, will throw a bone to those below" is an epic failure, yet Washington's Republicans, including their presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney, keep touting its benefits. (Read more on the myth of the rich being the job creators here: http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/12243521-video-the-biggest-lie-to-come-from-the-gop-inwashington-the-rich-creates-jobs.
Just today, Romney was heard on television calling those who have been enjoying the Bush tax cuts for the rich "job creators" while accusing President Obama of waging war on them by threatening to raise taxes.
Job creators? I am incredibly baffled that they can still get away with calling themselves job creators, yet turn around in the same breath and blame Obama for the lack of jobs. You see why I call it trickery of the higest order? If the tax break turns a small percentage of the population into the country's job-creating saviors, then where are the jobs? Almost 12 years of tax cuts for the rich, yet the unemployment rate remains stagnant at more than 8 percent, with 14 and 16 percent in the black and brown communities.
How can they possibly use that argument and get away with in? The American people voted these same Republicans back into office, giving them control of the House. So are we responsible for some of our plight?
Yes, class warfare is in full battle mode, and the middle class and working poor are being trampled royally. They didn't create or aren't inciting it; the unjust policies propped up primarily by the GOP and the ineptness of the Democratic party has resulted in the crisis crippling this country.
Is Washington treating this crisis with urgency, or is it contentious business as usual as the two parties jockey for position? The good cop, bad cop routine is in full swing, with Republicans blocking any and everything that doesn't benefit their primary base, which is the one percent rich, and the Democratic side forever plays the victim/bumbling savior of the masses. (Read more on this here: http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/12346266-democrats-about-to-cave-again-on-tax-breaks-for-the-wealthy-video.
Meanwhile, the real job creators and those who fuel this economy continue to be collateral damage. Obama has vowed to let the Bush era tax cuts for the very wealthy expire but wants it to remain for those making under $250,000. The GOP is having a collective coronary over this proposal and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took to CNN on Monday to vent his deep disapproval with the president. The same McConnell who said his main objective was to make Obama a one-term president, not do what the people hired him to do, such as working on ways to fix this economy and improve job growth.
He complained that the president had promised not to raise taxes on anyone and is reneging on said promise. Did he forget the senior Bush's famous words, "read my lips, no new taxes?" Futhermore, is this a tax increase or a return to a tax rate that worked before George Bush Jr. thought he should change things in the interest of the rich?
Moreover, one would think that the party of fiscal responsiblity would want to pay their fair share to get us out of the deep red we're in. Where and how do they propose this country collect more revenue towards paying down our debt? Take everything away from the poor and ship them off to a deserted island to die? Strip the middle class of all they have worked for and built in the past and turn America into just rich and poor?
How do they propose we fix this country? On the backs of everyone without touching their millions and billions?
Click on the video above to hear fomrer Clinton Labor secretary Robert Reich debunk their lie and tell who the real job creators are.
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