Friday, February 18, 2011

Workers on the run

With the stock market reaching new highs and unemployment still hanging around 10 percent, it's not lost on the workers in Wisconsin that this "class warfare" is a complete mismatch.

That is why 40,000 descended on the capital in Madison on Friday for that city's Cairo moment.

Union workers are not only going to lose pay and benefits, but also the ability to even bargain for these things. In essence, this could put the nail in the coffin for the less than 12 percent of American workers who still belong to unions.

Amazingly, polls show that Americans have slightly more negative feelings towards unions than corporations.

This is in spite of the fact that since the dawn of the industrial age more than 150 years ago -- along with the end of slavery -- corporations and large companies have done everything they could to reduce the number of workers in their employ. Their goal is to have no employees, at least here in America.

Escalating profits give corporations more money to wage war on workers, mainly union, but all workers nonetheless. Corporations have momentum on their side in Wisconsin and soon in Ohio and Indiana.

This Great Recession is provoking middle class and lower class workers to fight among themselves for the scraps thrown their way by the rich. With corporate media playing the violins, workers clash among themselves as if it's all just a game to the powers that be.

Republicans are making good on their promises, not to the teabaggers, but to their corporate bosses to emasculate the American worker.

John Boehner, the "weeper of the House," even said that if GOP cuts mean a million government workers lose their jobs, "so be it."

For delusional Republicans, a job lost in the public sector automatically means a job gained in the private sector. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.

The private sector in this country is almost totally dependent on the pubic coffers. Government, at all levels, continues to outsource government functions to the private sector.

We see corporations running schools paid for with public money and corporations even run some prisons with our tax dollars. We outsource much of our fighting forces to private contractors.

Why would corporations partner with government that they disdain? Because that's where the money is. Afterall, Dick Cheney spent much of his working life rummaging through the deep pockets of Uncle Sam on behalf of himself and Halliburton, which of course has offshore headquarters to avoid paying U.S. taxes.

Dick Cheney is rich, while your average union worker is not.

Soon, if Wisconsin radical Republicans prevail, workers won't even have a union to ensure a living wage. They'll be wandering the aisles of Walmart, looking for the latest bargain made in China.

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