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Posted by HughBeaumont in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Oct 04th 2008, 09:26 AM
Ever notice that?

"Suck it up!" "Life's not easy. Did anyone ever TELL you it was?" "Pull yourself up by your bootstraps." "Don't worry, you'll bounce back!" or this recent gem from a wingnut (middle class who refuses to accept he's a serf, BTW) e-mail: "It's called capitalism. Don't like your lot in life, work harder."

I always resented the implication that all of us are poor simply because we "don't work hard enough". Many of us spend half to 3/4 of our day doing something work related; whether it's commuting, the job itself, added work from the job or schooling to improve our career prospects. We're trained to be cubeslaves almost from the time we set foot into elementary school. We're not trained to think creatively (unless it benefits your employer), but merely to regurgitate feasible solutions within an hour's time. Love of learning doesn't factor in, because the schedule given and the kind you'll have in your future fabric box doesn't allow for it. Being able to attend college is only going to get more difficult as life goes on, what with no liquidity for student loans and companies cutting tuition reimbursement.

We're the ones that are supposed to be the smart workers, and if we screw up . . . well, really, even if we DON'T screw up and do everything right and what we're told, we're STILL the ones that end up getting fired.

The wealthy? PFFFFFT. No such nonsense ever befalls them. They make a bad business decision or three? They still get to not only keep their jobs but end up getting bonuses they don't need and stock option packages that are unnecessary, and the company can always bounce back knowing they can lay off another 1 to 3 thousand or so workers to make up for the blunder.

If an executive gets fired, are they gonna suffer as a result? Are they going to struggle to pay those nagging bills that are due right NOW? Do they get charges brought up against them? HA HA HA HA. Even lower layers of executives get lottery winnings upon leaving.

I guess they're not bound by the rule that robbery is robbery, no matter if you're a stiff who does it with a gun or a suit who does it via loopholes and policy.

As for job prospects, while us peasants struggle to find work among the thousands already out of work and overseas counterparts competing for those same jobs, the wealthy can venture off to greater aspirations in no time at all; like getting hired at another company, leading think tanks, snapping up book deals or advising Republican presidential candidates. Their time-off is padded with fat bank accounts and inflated portfolios, comfy parachutes and field-pillow landings. We get dropped straight in a hole with one pick axe.

Corporations, whether private or public, cannot and do not EVER just ride any bad times out. They always make their workers (often long time workers) pay the price to achieve a respectable bottom line, which of course only worsens an already bad economy. Layoffs lead to more layoffs in other areas, real estate doesn't sell, goods don't get bought, secondary businesses dry up. Well, all except for Big Alcohol.

What happens when a corporation collapses, as a ton of financial institutions have in recent weeks? Steel mills? Manufacturing? S & L's? The people at the top of the pyramids are more or less allowed to skate away scot-free with their fortunes intact, while the workers are left holding the bag . . . and their severance pay (that is, if they even get it, as I didn't in 2001).

America itself rides bad times out, but who gets "ridden" the most? That would be the lower 95%-ers. They suffer the most when they get fired thanks to our absolutely horrid safety net, and that's if they can get it. Just one third of laid off workers receive unemployment benefits, down from 50 percent a generation ago, and the federal program for UI and retraining has been de-funded by more than 10 billion dollars in the last quarter century.

Yet why is it that everyone seems to side-step and dance around the notion of a progressive tax system? It's obvious that's what needs to be done to the ultra-greedy to help remedy this country's financial ills (well, that, stopping this wasteful war and drastically reducing tax dollars to the Penta-ShopVac). One person having 3-6 billion dollars while millions are out of work, underemployed, disabled and live in squalor doesn't help right this sinking ship at all. They're making a killing on their comparative tax-to-cost-of-living burden versus us. They haven't been paying their fair share since the 70s.

Why do we continually TAKE this?

When are these people going to start sharing the costs as well as the fruits?

Is it really going to take the unthinkable . . . a French Revolution Pt II . . . to make them care?

"We're all in this together!"

Er . . . except when we're not.
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