Do politicians feel American workers are less human than themselves, the wealthy or corporations?
They seem to have some kind of attitude that they have a God-given right to wealth that we do not have. Let them be reminded that it is they who have squandered a trillion dollar surplus into a double-digit, trillion-dollar deficit by giving tax breaks to themselves, the wealthy, and corporations. And, let’s not forget the awarding of obscenely outlandish government contracts. They, the politicians, have taken our tax dollars and given themselves pay increases and added to their benefits. Meanwhile, according to the Economic Policy Institute, American workers’ standard of living has decreased over the past twenty years, and the average worker has not seen a pay increase since 1993.
Yet, despite these stark statistics, federal and state politicians haughtily and arrogantly stand before the American workers who are organized and demand they yield all bargaining rights for their pay and benefits. These workers are the police officers, EMS workers, firemen, teachers, etc. They are the people who are underpaid and overworked and yet, provide such important services that we shudder to think what condition our society would succumb to without them.
It’s been over fifteen years since workers have seen an increase in real wages at a time when our earnings are plummeting in an avalanche of food and gasoline price hikes, insurance premium increases and out-of-control medical costs. If anything, it is time for unorganized labor to band together to either join or form labor organizations. And it is time for the members of existing labor organizations and unions to stand tall and once again fight for workers’ rights to a higher standard of living. Most importantly, it is time to place the blame squarely on the shoulders of those who have raided our treasury and failed in their leadership of our country- the wealthy and corporations included, and demand they make the sacrifices needed to eliminate our deficit and strengthen our economy. After all, given their vast wealth, even their small sacrifices could erase more debt than the elimination of all salaries and benefits of all federal and state employees.