Did you ever wonder why Wall Street bankers think they are worth $100 million bonuses? They think they are worth it because they have skewed the concentration of wealth in the United States. They are getting away with ripping off the middle class, and few of them have gone to prison for their behavior. Every so often, though, they overstep, and then we all get to see and feel the consequences directly.
September 15, 2008 was a day that will live in infamy, because it was the day that the global financial system finally began to collapse. Thirty years of conservatives dividing and conquering the middle class had resulted in such excess that the system could no longer support the greed, and many Americans had their retirement plans crushed. As usual, the rich got richer and the rest of us were left to our own devices for surviving financial crisis.
Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin has provided us with another case in point. Instead of simply taking on his state budget crisis honorably, he decided that he would attack a century of Americans joining the middle class through collective bargaining rights by attacking those rights. If he is allowed to succeed, he will be a hero of Wall Street gluttons, who don’t think they should share with those of us who do the work.
Of course, taking away collective bargaining in Wisconsin will have no immediate effect on Wisconsin’s budget, but as their public servants are weaker in bargaining over the long term and are pushed out of the middle class, the rich will get richer in Wisconsin. If Governor Walker succeeds, he’s a likely Republican presidential candidate in the near future.
conservatives have had a thirty year run of dividing and conquering the middle class. The result has been a concentration of wealth in America that rivals the days of Teapot Dome and the steel and railroad robber barons in the late 19th Century.
How do they do it? It’s very simple. They turn average citizens against one another over matters that don’t concern the wealthy, diverting attention from their real agenda and fragmenting their opposition.Their favorite tactic is to divide and conquer over social issues like gay rights and abortion. Just watch or listen to the major conservative media outlets and you will see that a huge proportion of their time is spent on abortion and gay rights. What the heck do they think they’re selling?