Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Conservative Hatred For The American Worker

Economist Paul Krugman published an oped in the New York Times on September 20th, called "Disdain For Workers," a most illuminating piece:

"By now everyone knows how Mitt Romney, speaking to donors in Boca Raton, washed his hands of almost half the country — the 47 percent who don’t pay income taxes — declaring, “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” By now, also, many people are aware that the great bulk of the 47 percent are hardly moochers; most are working families who pay payroll taxes, and elderly or disabled Americans make up a majority of the rest.

"For the fact is that the modern Republican Party just doesn’t have much respect for people who work for other people, no matter how faithfully and well they do their jobs. All the party’s affection is reserved for “job creators,” a k a employers and investors. Leading figures in the party find it hard even to pretend to have any regard for ordinary working families — who, it goes without saying, make up the vast majority of Americans.

"Am I exaggerating? Consider the Twitter message sent out by Eric Cantor, the Republican House majority leader, on Labor Day — a holiday that specifically celebrates America’s workers. Here’s what it said, in its entirety: “Today, we celebrate those who have taken a risk, worked hard, built a business and earned their own success.” Yes, on a day set aside to honor workers, all Mr. Cantor could bring himself to do was praise their bosses.

"Lest you think that this was just a personal slip, consider Mr. Romney’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. What did he have to say about American workers? Actually, nothing: the words “worker” or “workers” never passed his lips. This was in strong contrast to President Obama’s convention speech a week later, which put a lot of emphasis on workers — especially, of course, but not only, workers who benefited from the auto bailout.

"And when Mr. Romney waxed rhapsodic about the opportunities America offered to immigrants, he declared that they came in pursuit of “freedom to build a business.” What about those who came here not to found businesses, but simply to make an honest living? Not worth mentioning.

"Needless to say, the G.O.P.’s disdain for workers goes deeper than rhetoric. It’s deeply embedded in the party’s policy priorities. Mr. Romney’s remarks spoke to a widespread belief on the right that taxes on working Americans are, if anything, too low. Indeed, The Wall Street Journal famously described low-income workers whose wages fall below the income-tax threshold as “lucky duckies.”

"What really needs cutting, the right believes, are taxes on corporate profits, capital gains, dividends, and very high salaries — that is, taxes that fall on investors and executives, not ordinary workers. This despite the fact that people who derive their income from investments, not wages — people like, say, Willard Mitt Romney — already pay remarkably little in taxes."

And lest we think that this essay doesn't strike a chord with the voters, consider the article from Trustlaw by Svea Herbst-Baylis, "Corporate Corruption is big U.S. voter worry - poll."  

"BOSTON, Sept 19 (Reuters) - With less than two months to go before the U.S. presidential election, a new survey found 61 percent of Americans say a candidate's commitment to rooting out corporate wrongdoing will be key in deciding who gets their vote.

"Along with keen interest in knowing each candidate's plans to fix the struggling economy, voters want government to do more to fight corporate misconduct - which they say helped cause the financial crisis.

"'In these difficult economic times, Americans are mad as hell about corporate wrongdoing and are going to do something about it in the November elections and beyond,'" said Jordan Thomas, a partner at law firm Labaton Sucharow, which commissioned the survey and which represents corporate whistleblowers.

"A telephone poll of 1,015 people conducted from Aug. 16-19 found that 64 percent of Americans said corporate misconduct helped bring about the current economic crisis.

"And 81 percent of respondents said the government has not done enough to stop corporate wrongdoing.

"Voters have been outraged by disclosures that banks forged documents to foreclose on homeowners, financial firms packaged risky mortgages into bonds that were improperly rated triple-A, and international banks manipulated LIBOR, a key international lending rate.

"The survey's release coincides with the first anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement.

"A year after the demonstrations began, Americans remain angry about the influence of Wall Street money on politics, with 77 percent of respondents saying they believe politicians favor corporate interests over constituent interests.

"Some 63 percent of Americans believe government should make more money available to regulators and law enforcement to eliminate corporate wrongdoing.

"2011, U.S. financial regulators opened a so-called whistleblower office to encourage individuals to report wrongdoing in the workplace.

"...(The) survey found the commitment to speak up has grown - with 83 percent saying they would report wrongdoing, compared with 78 percent a year ago. (Reporting By Svea Herbst-Bayliss; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)"

The American people are even closer to understanding and rejecting the Conservatives' message of Feudalism For All since the era of the 45 years after the 1929 Wall Street Crash.  

The recent Wall Street debacle that almost plunged us into another Great Depression, coupled with changing demographics are are resulting in the rejection of the premise of the right of the superior wealthy white man to rule the 98%.  And with greater understanding of the Conservative criminal conspiracy by the People, we may see the unveiling  of the beginnings of criminalizing Conservatism in our lifetime.


"Here is true immorality: ignorance and stupidity; the devil is nothing but
this. His name is Legion."

Gustave Flaubert (French writer who is counted among the greatest Western
novelist, known especially for his first published novel, Madame Bovary.


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