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Bring Back the Middle Class


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I’ve got some questions for those who’ve been calling President Obama a socialist. Don’t you realize there are multiple and wide-ranging forms of socialism? And don’t you realize that what we’ve been living under for the past 30 years has been corporate socialism?

People matter more than profit, and it’s about time that our government’s policies, after all those 30 years, reflect that reality. A demand for this is growing across the nation, and it’s because people have at last snapped out of their acceptance of what Reaganomics did, not for us, but to us, particularly to the middle class.

Have you ever noticed that Republicans never talk about the middle class or even utter the phrase? The reason is they don’t want one. Why? Because that’s how the corporate sponsors of the Republican Party and many Democrats want it. When there’s no strong middle class, the cost of labor goes down, which forces the average working American to have to accept lower wages in order to make ends meet.

This is why more and more families have had to sacrifice ever more quality family time. First, both parents had to work just to make ends meet, then teenagers had to start working to help keep the family above water. Now, it’s to the point where almost everyone who makes an honest living has to work more jobs and more hours, thereby further disconnecting us from our families and our communities.

It’s left us without the time and willpower to pay attention to the things that matter most, and to what Wall Street and their government sponsors have done, not for us, but to us.

Therefore, health care, education, public transportation, banking, the monetary system, food production, water and all forms of energy must be socialized, some of them federally and some locally. What I’m calling for is a mixed economy not dominated by the private sector nor the government. This is the real way forward, Mr. President—not a bailout rescue of capitalistic bubble-and-burst economics.

Government isn’t the problem. Corporate control of it is the problem.

Christopher Conway