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CLASS WARFARE: The Elites Are Unanimous: Lower Everyone's Wages and Standard of Living -- Except They Don't Say It Out Loud


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Cal
- 635 days ago - alternet.org
America's 1% are in harmony on the matter that concerns them most -- who gets the biggest slice of the pie.



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John S. (294)
Friday July 20, 2012, 4:29 am
Noted.
 

ellen m. (233)
Friday July 20, 2012, 4:57 am
This insanity has to stop!

How did we get to a place where i, who have only the basics living below the poverty line on my SSDI, live to help others, and usually don't have a penny to my name after my bills are paid and donations made. (i who won't even spring for a haircut for myself these last 5 years!) can sit here and and feel guilty that i have so much more than millions of others that are far more deserving, and in many cases facing financial, emotional hardships that i would never be able to stand up under the pressure of ?

And all the while these people spend so much money trying to keep things this way, and \ that if used for programs and jobs instead this whole country would benefit and so many would have a fighting chance to at least survive...
I just don't get it...never have, never will. I just want them stopped. Please.





 

Jeremy S. (2)
Friday July 20, 2012, 12:51 pm
The one thing that bothers me is former President Clinton's face above. I still think he was among the best Presidents of the last few decades (romantic issues aside), along with Jimmy Carter. The jury is still out on President Obama, but I do NOT think much, if any, of this economic mess is his fault! It was President Bush's War that got this country into debt, but will the Republicants admit it? Not likely!
 

Gene Jacobson (233)
Friday July 20, 2012, 1:56 pm
A people that values its privileges above its principals soon loses both.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower

And he was a Republican president. But one with a soul. That is the value system of the 1%. All privilege, no principles.
 

Wayne W. (12)
Friday July 20, 2012, 3:42 pm
Jeremy, I also am bothered my Clinton's inclusion. I believe it to be part of the shared blame campaign of GOP shills.
- lowest unemployment & inflation in 20 years
- introduced legislation to improve health care
- FMLA Family and Medical Leave Act
- 6 million new jobs created in first 2 years in office
- legislation to reduce the deficit
- Brady Bill signed to law
- Violence Against Women Act (the first president to address domestic violence issues)
- Bosnian peace settlement
- raised minimum wage
- implements welfare reform
- cut taxes for 15 million families earning $27k or less and 90% of small businesses
- telecomm reform bill increased competition in telecomm sector
- safe drinking water act
- Balanced Budget Act, and first balanced budget in 30 YEARS!
- legislation to provide additional children's education and healthcare monies
- FDA renovation act to streamline drug approval process
- first US budget surplus ever!
- Good Friday Peace Accords in Ireleand
- Wye River Memorandum between Arafat/Netenyahu
- Middle East Summit
- Work Incentive Law
- Senior Citizens Freedom to Work Act
- Crime Bill puts more cops on the street, bans assault weapons
- made Goals2000 law (law to improve performance standards at schools)
- fought to pass GATT (cuts tarriffs by 1/3 and eliminates tarriffs in a number of markets which makes US goods more competitive abroad)
- EPA reform
- restored democracy in Haiti
- increased Head Start funding by $760 million

There's more, but you get the idea. There's a lot there that doesn't serve just the 1%.
 

Devon Leonard (54)
Friday July 20, 2012, 6:18 pm
Thank you..for me it all boils down to energy.... The energy of fear... or the energy of love. With the one there are hungry ghosts devouring everything in sight...and with the other there is a feast of plenty laid out for all to partake..
 

Mary Donnelly (44)
Friday July 20, 2012, 8:29 pm
Thanks Cal--again.
 

tasunka m. (334)
Friday July 20, 2012, 9:07 pm
thanks Bmutiny, I too am fed up with constant innapropriate merchandising of crap I don't want to see here.
I know there is a petition on change.org to combat this negligence
 

JL A. (269)
Friday July 20, 2012, 10:02 pm
I really wish the 1% would stop trying to make themselves kings and everyone else serfs and slaves
 

Susanne R. (248)
Friday July 20, 2012, 10:04 pm
I agree with Jeremy and Wayne regarding Bill Clinton's inclusion in the photo. Personally, I think he has a place among the best presidents this country has had.

However, the article did mention that: "Even before the financial crash, real wages for the typical American worker had been stagnant for 30 years as a result of: 1) trade and investment deregulation that shoved American workers into a brutally competitive global labor market for which they were unprepared."

The author may have been referring to NAFTA and Clinton's trade agreement with the People's Republic of China. His motives were good, however. According to Wikipedia, Clinton believed that free trade would allow the U.S. to boost its exports, grow the economy, and help move foreign nations to economic and political reform.
 

Christopher Fowler (84)
Friday July 20, 2012, 11:02 pm
They only call it class warfare when we point it out and fight back.
 

Alice B. (241)
Saturday July 21, 2012, 12:41 pm
When will people understand that USA Presidents are merely *puppets* for the 1% of the 1%?!! Class warfare has been going on continuously in this country since the Europeans came here - and there was also plenty of class warfare by elites in the First Nations before that - e.g. the Inca leaders and the Aztecs who had war machines of their own with imperialism going full tilt complete with horrific torture and dreadful land grabbing enslavement of other peoples. The USA ruling class is vicious and absolutely psychopathic - without conscience or shame. Just because they continue to rewrite "history" to glorify themselves doesn't mean they haven't always been rotten shitebags from day one. But it takes a mentally-enslaved populace to put up with this crapola for so long - and the USA is filled with brainwashed people who prefer to identify with bazillionnaires than have any compassion for the rest of the 99%. INSANITY IS AS INSANITY DOES. And it's Mother Earth's children, our innocent animal brethren, who are paying now. As it stands the 'human' race is GOING DOWN.
 

Elizabeth M. (62)
Saturday July 21, 2012, 1:49 pm
Good read, noted. Thanks again Cal. Big Corps (Conglomerates) have taken over, and of course do not want any Govt regulations to adhere to, therefore controlling the Government,and allowing this to happen has taken away from 99% of the populations chances to rise above their class, especially the youth - which is the future - and all they have seen is greed and power and may continue on the same road unfortunately.
One day the country will be faced with a major revolt.
 

patrica and edw jones (190)
Saturday July 21, 2012, 8:32 pm
Are there any true leaders anymore? We need good Govenment from people who are not afraid to tell us the true facts; people who want only the best for us - a chance of a good education,jobs and reasonable medical care for all. Our kids do not want to be rich and famous - just the opportunity of a happy future.
 

Thomas Rose (12)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 12:47 pm
It seems as if money not love conquers all. So it goes.
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 4:26 pm
There is one consoiation , they cannot take their money with them when they die , God will deal with them !!
 

Glenville J O. (0)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 5:54 pm
The best thing a person can have is good friends. They will always be there for you, good times and bad, always, and that is something that can't be said about money.
 

Ruth R. (209)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 10:52 pm
.If you have not already -- please will you check the Green New Deal, the Green Party, and Jill Stein. They are not bought by corporations and they listen to the people -- at this time.
PLEASE WILL YOU CHECK OUT THE GREEN NEW DEAL -- SO WE CAN STAND A LITTLE LONGER.
PLEASE WILL YOU BE SURE TO LEAVE THE USA AND HOMESTEAD -- AND TAKE ME WITH YOU.
 

Ruth R. (209)
Monday July 23, 2012, 12:19 am
Jill Stein has mentioned this article topic too.
If you have not already -- please will you check the Green New Deal, the Green Party, and Jill Stein. They are not bought by corporations and they listen to the people -- at this time. IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY -- AND IF YOU HAVE ALREADY -- PLEASE WILL YOU CHECK OUT THE GREEN NEW DEAL, THE GREEN PARTY, AND JILL STEIN AND COMPANY. THEY ARE NOT BOUGHT BY CORPORATIONS AND THEY LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE -- AT THIS TIME, SO THEY MIGHT KEEP AMERICA GOING BETTER THAN THE OTHER PARTIES. Freedom of Speech,
 

Gene Jacobson (233)
Monday July 23, 2012, 9:59 am
"Are there any true leaders anymore? We need good Govenment from people who are not afraid to tell us the true facts; people who want only the best for us - a chance of a good education,jobs and reasonable medical care for all. Our kids do not want to be rich and famous - just the opportunity of a happy future.'

I've said the same thing many times Patricia and Edw Jones. Only in slightly different terms. I've always considered myself fortunate to have been born in what has always been the most progressive state in the Union, Minnesota. Growing up here shaped me and my values in ways I am still coming to understand. This is the state where Hubert Humphrey united the Democratic and Farmer Laborer parties in the 40's. Hubert was known as the happy warrior for his ability to get along with eveyone, be friends with everyone, despite deep political differences. We were the last state in the union to finally require our candidates identify by Republican or Democrat.

One of Humphrey's speeches contained the lines "It was once said that the moral test of Government is how that Government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped," which is sometimes described as the "liberals' mantra."

That still is my mantra. We've always been a state where statespeople ruled the day, people on both sides of the aisle capable of looking 50 years down the road and seeing what needed to be done, then doing it, regardless the immediate political cost. Usually there was no political cost because what we were doing the entire state agreed upon, essentially those thing HHH mentioned, but more, our infrastructure, roads, schools, hospitals. We were a state of 3.5 million people then, many of Scandinavian heritage, so these weren't foreign ideas to us. But beginning in about 1990, we began to grow to our present 5.3 million. Many of those new immigrants came because of our commitment to our value system but many came to change it. We are still strongly progressive, but many of those new people came with southern republican ideals. And it has produced a battle in our state. We are more divided than we have ever been. In 2010 for the first time ever, Republicans took control of both Houses of our legislature. These weren't the Republicans we knew, those had always been willing to do what we have always done here, they simply had different ideas about how to fund things. But this bunch that got elected in 2010 won election on a campaign of lies. They promised to work on improving the business climate (which didn't need it, we've never had a mass business exodus here, the other way around in fact, businesses come here for our approach to life) and work on getting people back to work, which we did need, the 2008 Bush depression hit us hard too. But once in office they did nothing about the economy, they have focused solely on rolling back women's rights and voter id. They tried laws the first session but those were vetoed by our Democratic governor, so second session was amending the constitution including a same sex marriage amendment, we already have a law banning it so this is just overkill and protection against "activist" judges, meaning of course any judge who doesn't agree with them. It is very hard here to amend the constitution, you need a 60% vote and someone not voting counts as a no vote. I think those majorities will be short lived because what they have done with them is NOT what a majority of Minnesotans still believe. We have way more republicans than ever, I wish they'd stayed where they came from, but I think that a part of a larger national republican strategy, but not enough to change the way we think. We have had a relatively strong "indepencence" party, or Green party, which has drawn enough votes, mostly from democrats to give us 8 years of a Tim Pawlenty governorship, with 40% of the vote, but he governed as if he had a massive majority and the fights were enough to throw our state budget completely out of whack, so we have tons of new "fees", not taxes, but fees fall most heavily on the poor, and school funding has been passed to the local level. We always funded that at the state level so that funding per student was equal whether the student was from a wealthy area or a poor one, that has changed now. I believe the pendulum will begin swinging back this fall. I hope nationally as well, as the teapublicans there won office on the same lies they did here, and they've delivered nothing but division, no jobs, no health care, decimate the social safety net, attack minorities, women and programs for children, the poor, the disabled, the elderly and the sick. I don't think that is who we are as a nation either. I hope republican's find that out in November.
 

Robert O. (12)
Monday July 23, 2012, 1:21 pm
The 1% are so full of arrogance, hatred and elitism it's unbelievable.
 
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