“Laissez-faire capitalism is just as hard on and bad for most people as Soviet-style communism…” – S.W. Anderson, of Oh!pinion –
Progressives, we are under assault. Everywhere you look, “free-market” conservative Republicans and Tea Paty activists are trying, and are in many cases succeeding, in rolling back the many reforms and gains made by our workers and middle class since the 1930s! Now, more than at any time in years, it is absolutely essential that we stand up tall and strong and resist this reactionary attempt to force this country backward in time against its will!
It wasn’t good enough for them to just shut down entire plants here and send them along with our jobs to China, India, Bangladesh, or Mexico. It wasn’t good enough for them to take all the profits gained from the huge productivity increases this country had during the 1990s for themselves. It wasn’t good enough for them to freeze and roll back our wages to make American workers have to compete with the slave-labor wages they pay in many of those foreign countries. No, now these oligarchs and plutocrats who have bought out the entire Republican Party and a sizable share of the Democratic one as well want to destroy labor unions, do away with child labor laws, defund Planned Parenthood, defund National Public Radio, and force-feed us their system of socialism for the rich but crappy capitalism for all the rest of us.
None of us have the wallets to match the deep pockets of the greedy, misguided billionaire Koch brothers, but together we CAN and MUST stand up to them and do what we can to resist them!
THERE IS STRENGTH IN NUMBERS, PEOPLE, AND WE GREATLY OUTNUMBER THEM, SO LET’S BEGIN FLEXIONG OUR MUSCLES!
MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, FOLKS—THE WEALTHY CLASS, AIDED BY THEIR PUPPET REPUBLICANS AND CONSERVATIVE TEA-PARTY ACTIVISTS, HAVE DECLARED ALL-OUT WAR ON THE MIDDLE CLASS! WE HAVE TO FIGHT BACK NOW!
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