This is what they think of us. This is how they view us. To the 1-percenters and their supporters and beneficiaries in government - federal, state, and local - and the MSM, we are riff raff who are much better when we're not seen or heard. They prefer us to be invisible to them.
We don't have much, if any, representation in government: you may see a few of us run for office, but we are most often beat by the incredible 1 percent money machine. We don't have much, if any, representation in the MSM: you may occasionally see us, but only in token feel good stories occasionally or crime reporting. Many of the 1 percent rarely think of us, save for the examples above and maybe if and when they give to charity, but even then, those thoughts are fleeting.
Watching the Wisconsin public workers finally fighting back against Corporate America and the politicians that crawled into bed with them, waging war against the American worker for three decades gives me both hope and despair. This unholy alliance between government and corporation has eroded workers rights, wages and benefits for far too long now. It warms my heart and gives me faith in my country that finally some workers are standing up and fighting back, and I hope this is part of a larger movement that will sweep the nation as more workers get tired of footing the blame and more importantly the bill. However, with that being said I despair that already these working men and women who are finally standing up for all of us face an uphill battle as they are besieged from all sides.
I live in a Bronx neighborhood that is known for cookies. For my entire life I've been enjoying the sweet smell of Union Made Stella D'Oro cookies and biscuits. After the long cold winter that Brynwood Partners forced on the workers, those cookies don't smell so sweet anymore.
The owners are seeking to slash wages by as much as 25%, do away with Saturday overtime and impose a new, crushing, 20% employee contribution to worker health care benefits. They also are insisting on eliminating four holidays, one week of vacation, and all 12 paid sick days.
Yesterday there was a Solidarity rally in support of the workers who have been locked out of their jobs for the past ten months!