Winners and Losers - America's Class System

The article below is reprinted from June 2008; nearly four years ago. Remember 2008? There was hope and change in the air, we elected 
Obama. Has anything changed? You bet it has! When I wrote this in 2008 I too had hope, hope for the have-nots. Unfortunately we've gone backwards since our last election. Will we make the same mistake again?


With the gap between the rich and the poor growing wider by the day, it's time to finally resolve the inequity between the two. Our votes next November may be the difference in the direction this country will head.

The "Great American Wealth Machine" cannot continue to squash our workers. Substandard wages equal substandard lifestyles. The majority just can't make it. What more can they do? Work three jobs? Four? The janitors, the fast food workers, the retail workers, the
 day laborers, et al, cannot live at or near the poverty level much longer if our country is to survive.

How do we provide for the poor? How do we help them live the American Dream that has been dismantled over the last 35-45 years? 
National health care would be a start, but how do we pay for it all?

Is the next
 Great Depression right around the corner? I hope not. If we don't, "raise the floor," we are doomed. Our average wages are now lower than they were in the 1970's. Where has the money gone? The reduction of wealth over the last 50 years has been catastrophic. Leaner and meaner has been the corporate credo for last 25 years. What have we gained by it? Our future is crumbling as we watch. What do we do to turn it around?

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