Working People

Our corporate media lines up hard against working people. They extol the virtues of the rich and proclaim the necessity of robbing the worker in every situation, from maintaining an unequal tax structure that permits some to pile up great wealth while forcing workers to pay more than the Biblical ten percent on every loaf of bread and gallon of milk they buy. 

They yammer constantly about the totally fallacious “necessity” of cutting Social Security or putting it into the stock market where the wealthy can get a bite of it, but they say nothing about the vast corporate welfare and “privatization,” (Which is just a form of graft that attaches corporate profits to the tax base.) that is actually bankrupting the country. 

You would think, listening to them, that a living wage was robbery and robbing retirements and social security so that we go back to the practice of putting our elderly people in poor farms was righteousness. 

Who are working people?

I believe that would be you and me. And a few others in our past and present. Let’s have a look. 

Working People 

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  • hotboogers

    I am a working person. I worked and earned a family wage for 13 years, then I worked for nothing at all for 18 years. Now I work for nothing as sole caregiver to a handicapped spouse. Outside the home, I make $8/hr for a maximum of 27 1/2 hours per week. I am happy to have that job in this era of “economic recovery.” The fact is, there will be no Social Security or Medicare for people like me. The money just is not there. The only way to save them is to privatize them or to cut benefits to future retirees. You are spreading disinformation by not noting that cuts are not being considered for current recipients — but for the future. The tax money is just not there to keep it going as we have known it. All the talk about privatizing those programs is just a start; I don’t believe effective action will be taken soon enough to save them. So while I pay for those programs out of my $8 wage, and my parents benefit from them, thanks be to God for that since the Obama administration raped my father of his corporate pension as part of the Delphi Debacle, I will never benefit from Social Security or Medicare. To decry looking at privatizing or changing the benefit structure as a way of saving them is ostrich behavior at best. If something major is not done, they will simply disappear.

    • TheodoreSeeber

      There is one other way to save them. Realize that the average lifespan is now 85 years, and raise the retirement age to 80.

      • hotboogers

        Thank you, yes.

    • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

      “The money is just not there.” But 50% of US expenditure is on the military, which is also more than half of the whole world’s military expenditure. Do you see one small issue with your reasoning there?

      • hotboogers

        Yes. The war machine will be with us always.

  • pagansister

    Love the pictures, Rebecca!


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