Our long national daydream

  • Article by: Bonnie Blodgett
  • Updated: January 19, 2013 - 6:53 PM

Equality, fairness have mattered in our history (emphasis on 'history').

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pumiceJan. 19, 13 7:28 PM

From the article: "Instead of raising all boats, the global economy has encouraged population growth so as to increase product demand and lower worker pay, thus promoting the interests of corporations accountable to no government, free or otherwise." Thus turning on its head the view of those who, since Lincoln's time, have held that labor can exist without capital, but capital cannot exist without labor.

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pumiceJan. 19, 13 7:36 PM

From the article: "The New York Times reported that despite 2012 projections even rosier than Caterpillar's record $4.9 billion profit in 2011, 'the company is insisting on a six-year wage freeze and a pension freeze for most of the 780 production workers at its factory here.'" Combine soaring corporate profits, ever more lucrative CEO compensation packages, declining worker income (stagnating, if you're fortunate) and cuts to or elimination of benefits with plans by pro-business Congress critters to voucherize Medicare and privatize (at least partially) Social Security, and our long national daydream becomes a nightmare.

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anniemhJan. 20, 13 5:57 PM

Thank you Bonnie. Well-written, smart, interesting...and true!

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SnippetJan. 20, 13 8:38 PM

>>> Instead of raising all boats, the global economy has encouraged population growth so as to increase product demand and lower worker pay, thus promoting the interests of corporations accountable to no government, free or otherwise. <<< This is complete and utter nonsense. "encouraged population growth" ?! How? Where? Proof? Evidence? This piece should not appear in a reputable newspaper. I am not saying this because the piece is leftist propaganda. It is because it is a sloppy combination of unsupported emotionally charged perceptions.

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SnippetJan. 20, 13 8:40 PM

>>> "The New York Times reported that despite 2012 projections even rosier than Caterpillar's record $4.9 billion profit in 2011, 'the company is insisting on a six-year wage freeze and a pension freeze for most of the 780 production workers at its factory here.'" <<< Interesting. What does Carterpillar have to say about this accusation? Any intelligent person forming an opinion about this topic would ask that, and ay intelligent person expressing an opinion on this topic would address it.

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