The Republican strategy is to split the vast middle and working class – pitting unionized workers against non-unionized, public-sector workers against non-public, older workers within sight of Medicare and Social Security against younger workers who don’t believe these programs will be there for them, and the poor against the working middle class.
Based on the news I'm reading, that's a pretty apt description of the "divide and conquer" strategy in play now, which is allowing a small number of powerful people to control a much larger number of less powerful people. But wait! This sounds really, really familiar. Now where have I heard something like it before? Oh yes, here, in the Lynch letter:
Don’t forget, you must pitch the OLD black male vs. the YOUNG black male, and the YOUNG black male against the OLD black male. You must use the DARK skin slaves vs. the LIGHT skin slaves, and the LIGHT skin slaves vs. the DARK skin slaves. You must use the FEMALE vs. the MALE, and the MALE vs. the FEMALE. You must also have white servants and overseers [who] distrust all Blacks. But it is NECESSARY THAT YOUR SLAVES TRUST AND DEPEND ON US. THEY MUST LOVE, RESPECT AND TRUST ONLY US.
Just swap the words around a bit. The strategy is the same.
Wisconsin’s Republican governor Scott Walker and his GOP legislature are seeking to end almost all union rights for teachers.It's worth pointing out that America used to grant civil rights and legal recourse not just for morality, but for practicality: specifically, if people have lawful and rational ways of addressing their problems, they tend to use those. If those are not available, however, they will use unlawful, irrational, usually violent means instead. They aren't just going to sit there and go without. It is better for society if people resolve their labor disputes in a negotiating room or a courtroom, rather than in alleys and streets with baseball bats and guns.
Last year, America’s top thirteen hedge-fund managers earned an average of $1 billion each. One of them took home $5 billion. Much of their income is taxed as capital gains – at 15 percent – due to a tax loophole that Republican members of Congress have steadfastly guarded.In other words, 13 people are hogging 300,000 people's worth of resources -- just from what they SHOULD be paying in taxes but aren't. I do not believe that making 13 people deliriously rich is worth stranding 300,000 people at marginal income or firing them because "the money isn't there."
If the earnings of those thirteen hedge-fund managers were taxed as ordinary income, the revenues generated would pay the salaries and benefits of 300,000 teachers. Who is more valuable to our society – thirteen hedge-fund managers or 300,000 teachers? Let’s make the question even simpler. Who is more valuable: One hedge fund manager or one teacher?
Don't think this affects you? Such plays into the rising class size in schools, which makes it harder for students to learn. Even if your kids go to a private school with smaller classes, many others are not so lucky. And those kids will grow up to run this country some day, well or poorly. Given what the education system looks like, I suspect poorly. Bad information leads to bad decisions.
What is the Democratic strategy to counter this and reclaim America for the rest of us?Teaching the cannibals to use forks. The Democrats have largely been pathetic ... with a few notable exceptions, like the guys who fled Wisconsin recently in a desperate attempt to protect their constituents.