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WISCONSIN POLITICS – WHY IT MATTERS TO YOU

In Uncategorized on March 1, 2011 at 1:09 PM

As the “Show Down” in Wisconsin comes to a conclusion, or at least a transitional conclusion, I wanted to take the time to memorialize my thoughts on the bigger, much more far reaching, impact on ALL American’s not just the citizens of Wisconsin.

I wanted to do this so that my grandchildren would know where I stood when we allowed the gutting of their future and the hope of them accomplishing the American Dream had come to a resounding end. It is obvious to me that we are headed that way regardless of my undying optimism in the power of the middle class and the general goodness, I think, that exists in most people. I wanted the generations that will follow me in my family to know that Grandpa Siege wasn’t completely lulled to sleep by the multi-national corporations and their poisonous “bag men/women” of State and Federal governments who are controlled by greed and the attraction to their simple problem solving rational.

You see what is happening in Wisconsin is the beginning of the end, as far as, our country having a representative government that actually represents the people. It is also the beginning of the establishment of a completely new class of American’s – the Super Wealthy. This class actually wipes out, replaces or abolishes the middle class altogether. What was once the middle class will become the poor or labor party – which is better defined as the minions of the Super Wealthy. Let’s call it the Minion Class.

As I sit here typing this memo and listen to the noise of people outside my office (most are soon to become members of the Minion Class) trying to stay busy doing SOMETHING so they can pay their rent/mortgage; keep the “Repo Man” from towing their car, while they try to gage how much gas they are going to burn dropping their son off at daycare (because they can’t afford to lose their child’s spot in the daycare), their daughter off at school (public school because tuition for private school is an extravagance they no longer can afford) and make it to work (or internship, or Senior Center where they volunteer, or Office Max so they can get their resume printed, or meet with a former colleague to talk “business” and “network”) so their psyche doesn’t make them feel like they are doing nothing to get them out of the jaws of foreclosure, or debt collectors. I think of the day when the backbone of this country, the people I just described, had a chance to make it through a day without honestly considering what homelessness might feel like. Would if they get sick – their employer simply replaces them with a computer program or “outsource” facilitator. It’s our reality.

I say all of this because what is happening in Wisconsin is the proverbial push over the cliff of a simple existence. Remember simple existence? When you can get a job, have a roof over your head, watch your children grow and excel past your achievements, and ENJOY a couple weeks during the year that you can turn the cell phone off and get your feet wet or shoes dirty or whatever you like depending on the extra cash you saved during the past year. No Wisconsin wants to end all of that and sees no harm in it – as a matter of fact they think the reasonable expectation of this simple existence is un-American and those that see it as an American right to this simple existence are a “welfare case.” So what are they doing about it? They are attempting (and more than likely will succeed) to tear apart collective bargaining from State workers. They are not Union busting – although the net result is the same – and for the Democrats it sounds better to say “union busting” than have to explain collective bargaining. Don’t get me wrong, the Democratic Party really wants nothing to do with stopping Governor Scott Walker from fulfilling his promise to multi-national corporations, they just want to sound like they do. It’s their form of a lullaby for the liberal left without damaging the centrists more conservative campaign funding arm of the Party. Trust me these guys are just like their Republican counterparts they will say anything to keep your eye off the ball. Watch they will start saying that this whole affair in Wisconsin is in order to beat Obama in 2012 – oh wait they’ve already started saying that… Trust me Obama is going to win in 2012 and the Republican’s already know that – if they thought they had a chance there would already be someone declared that had the money to run – check it out not one Republican has declared that has the money to run and we are only 9 months from the traditional start of the campaign run. No they (the Democrats) are trying to lull us to sleep too.

Then what is collective bargaining and why does this affect me when I live in Washington State or for that fact if I live anywhere in the country? Hell I’m not even a public employee. Well because the foundation of the middle class is “SAFETY IN NUMBERS.” Collective bargaining by definition (Negotiations between representatives of workers and employers. Issues included wages, hours, and working conditions) protects those without the means to have a voice any other way. Without the ability to come together as a group and negotiate with an employer (ANY EMPLOYER) is what is being snuffed out by this legislation. You think that is where government is going to stop (just their State workers) oh no it can be (and will be) extended to all work places – this law sets precedence.

Why would the government do this? First our government is not doing this – the polls indicate that 2/3rds of typical American’s don’t want collective bargaining abolished in Wisconsin or anywhere else AND WE ARE THE GOVERNMENT – YOU AND I. It is a small cadre of the super wealthy utilizing the power of public office, and most media outlets, to get more wealthy that’s it! If they control the employee, they control their largest expense. If they control the employee from collective bargaining, or assembling a union lets say, then they can ship labor to countries in the third world (whatever that means anymore) for pennies on the dollar and employees in this country can’t do a damn thing about it!

The super wealthy in this country (about a million people in our country) over the past 30-40 years have done a bang up job stealing our country of natural resources and intellectual property for their own personal well being. This group looks at the world very different then you and I – I would say that we really don’t even exist in their world. They see oil, water, food all running out and they are going to make sure they have a place to inhabit when it all comes crashing down around them – borders do not matter to them, just space and safety. They don’t understand or refuse to believe that American ingenuity can innovate the way out of global crisis. They claim they do by stating things like “free enterprise, capitalism, democracy, let the market determine the market” but what they don’t highlight is that all that stuff, buzz phrases and words, only works if you have the money. Isn’t it shocking how we have let the big banks (all are global not just operating in our country) turn record profits by continuing to play the Stock Market casino with OUR tax dollars. All the while the banks have very little interest in loaning to small business, the Minion Class, so that we can get out of this quagmire? How has that happened? Why are we allowing it? What can we do about it? There are many things from shorter term limits, to public funding of elections, to appealing that awful Citizens United case. That is a start but do you think it will happen? Neither do I.

The Super Wealthy Class also believes that regardless of innovation the world cannot sustain the population growth and wars for water and food will become the norm. These same people control the media, control the Supreme Court (see Citizens United case), and of course control our politicians.

The politicians in our country have been co-opted by multi-international corporations in order to fulfill the intentions of the super-wealthy. They either fall in line with the desires of the Super Wealthy Class or what do you think their chances of winning a reelection would be? This has happened in both the major parties and to a lesser degree to the various sub parties (Tea, Green, Libertarian, etc.). During my adult life I’ve voted for candidates of the Republican or Democrat parties although I have usually sided with the Democrats feeling they represent the working class more directly than the Republicans. I too was lulled to sleep during the power grab of the Super Wealthy.

We have 14 State Legislators (all Democrats) hiding across state lines in order to avoid the inevitable in Wisconsin. That is the saddest example of what is to be an American that I’ve ever heard. If you think their tactics will work please don’t be lulled to sleep – time is on the side of the Super Wealthy ruling class in that state. However, I do commend those “lone rangers” for doing SOMETHING to bring attention to the plight of this state and later, the rest of the country. Their beacon is not of hope but of awareness – doubtful it will amount to any real protest in other parts of the country as the Super Wealthy class assumes power over workers one union, one sector at a time. You see the only media left that isn’t obscured or tilted or flat out hamstrung from the “party line” of the ruling class is this media – the blogosphere – and given time and more lullabies the ruling class will find a way to filter and control that too because as Governor Scott Walker put it “[they] aren’t one of us.” Although there are those simpletons that think NPR or MSNBC are still left leaning media outlets don’t be fooled by this window dressing. The ruling class wants you to think that so they have a villain to fight in their fixed battle, a perceived outlet for us radicals. Sadly both of these media outlets are also controlled by billionaires and multi-national corporations and don’t believe for a second they are going to let any objective point of view escape without quantified censorship. I’m taking bets on how long Rachel Maddow has to express her opinion across PUBLIC airwaves.

Anyway it was nice while it lasted I guess but this country has forever changed and unless and until we, the people – the government of the United States of America, decided to evolve and innovate our way of thinking as to how our country should be represented (100 Senators represent 300 million people? Really?) Then we will continue to follow the sound bites, fall in line and drink the righteous fruit juice of the super wealthy, the ruling class. The fall of the working class, the middle class, the backbone of this country will dissolve into obscurity without a voice, without hope or the opportunity of any chance at what was once our right to achieve “the American Dream.”

The Siege

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