Why We Need Unions…To Save the Middle Class

This graph says is all for me, and explains why the likes of Scott Walker want to destroy the remaining unions; they want to destroy the middle class and move the remaining money to the top one percent. In the end that too will be a bubble that bursts with disastrous consequences, and I really see no other explanation for why they have worked so hard to destroy unions in WI, OH, NJ, and elsewhere.

We need a politics where everyone wants to do what is best, what is right, for the country. There can and should be disagreement on how to do that, though that isn’t what we have now. Walker, et al, demonstrably have no interest in doing what is right for the country. In fact, it is quite clear they are bent on destroying the remaining middle class. If there is another fact-based explanation for their actions, I’d love to hear it. The problem in our politics is that a few people in Washington are fighting for what is best for Americans, and the rest are fighting for what is best for the very wealthy, the corporations (and again, I don’t mean all corporations or that all corporations are evil; I refer to the huge corporations that fund the US Chamber of Commerce and Karl Rove’s PAC, and the like), and the moneyed interests. If everyone was really trying to figure out what was best for America, solutions could be reached. I often hear people wondering why compromise isn’t possible, why people in Congress can’t work together. It’s very simple; they have diametrically opposed goals. It’s sort of like asking why Alabama and LSU couldn’t just work together to have their game end in a tie. In our democracy, all of our representatives are supposed to work for what they think is best for the country, and unfortunately, that is no longer the system we have.
A big problem is that the media maintains the facade that it is the system we have, treating both sides equally, as though they all want what is best for the country and just have different ideas in how to get there. So they never ask John Boehner why, if the rich are job creators, there aren’t more jobs, given their historically low tax rates the last decade. Until they ask him that and he gives a factual defense of the position, I simply, given the facts, cannot imagine a scenario where he is really trying to do what is best for the country. And yes, it all comes back to money in politics. Boehner can care more about the top one percent than about the country because that top one percent has given him a lot more money to make sure he sees after them and only them.
It was interesting that factcheck.org, the usually great fact watchdog in politics, couldn’t even publish a fact check article on the Republican debate a couple nights ago because, as they said, there were virtually no statements that even purported to be statements of fact. We now live fully in the world of truthiness.


About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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