Looks like while I was writing my last post, Robert Reich was writing this. He wrote from a different perspective (more politically and economically oriented than myself), but some of it sounded eerily familiar to some of the voices that echo noisily in my own head on occasion. 🙂
Mr. Reich’s post is easy reading. Please take note on some of the economic points he brings up; most specifically wages now versus 30 years ago. A couple quotes from his post… [emphasis is mine]
All of which is precisely where Republicans want the nation to be. It sets them up perfectly to blame government, blame public employees, blame unionized workers. It lets them pit workers against one another, divide the Democratic base, and promote the false idea that we’re in a giant zero-sum game and the nation can’t afford to do more.
Do this and we can afford to do what we need to do as a nation. Do this and you prevent Republicans from setting the working middle class against itself.
I’ll leave you with two last tidbits…
One Tweet making the rounds on Twitter last week:
Somehow the rich have convinced many that a person who makes $45,000 a year and has health coverage is America’s enemy.
And a joke making the rounds on Facebook now:
A unionized public employee, a teabagger, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies, looks at the teabagger and says, ‘Watch out for that union guy. He wants a piece of your cookie.”
As I’ve said before, perspective is key.