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10. >Could we please stop talking about the middle class "disappearing,< Exactly. It has, and is, by
Mon Dec 30, 2013, 01:33 AM
Dec 2013

design, partly because of our inaction, and mostly because of policies from our administrations, some of whom we voted for, that have and continue to deliberately "enhanced" the 1%'s ability to hoover wealth away from hard working people...

I'm sick of the cheerleaders for these assholes. They encourage this sort of behavior by psychopaths politicians they happen to get strokes from, whether it is a paycheck or just something for their ego...

And I'm through with talking about it. Whether it comes to not voting for the party because they won't quit helping those bastards at everyone else's expense, or something else, I've had enough.

btw, the below is an excerpt from Baker's book - because being informed and angry is always better than being, well, just angry . And unlike the additional costs one will incur by voting for people who have only the wealthy person's interests in mind, he makes this available at no additional cost to you, as a pdf or for your Kindle or Nook, here.

Dean Baker | Inequality: Government Is a Perp, Not a Bystander, here.

The problem is that President Obama wants the public to believe that inequality is something that just happened. It turns out that the forces of technology, globalization, and whatever else simply made some people very rich and left others working for low wages or out of work altogether. The president and other like-minded people feel a moral compulsion to reverse the resulting inequality. This story is 180 degrees at odds with the reality. Inequality did not just happen, it was deliberately engineered through a whole range of policies intended to redistribute income upward.

Trade is probably the best place to start just because it is so obvious. Trade deals like NAFTA were quite explicitly designed to place our manufacturing workers in direct competition with the lowest paid workers in the world. The text was written after consulting with top executives at major companies like General Electric. Our negotiators asked these executives what changes in Mexico's law would make it easier for them to set up factories in Mexico. The text was written accordingly

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