Their unspoken goal is a two-class nation, with a heavily armed security force to quell resistance from the more outspoken members of the lower class. It may be somewhat of an unwitting goal, since narcissistic wealth-takers, as they build their fortunes, tend to lose their ability to empathize with others.
Yowsa! Buccheit starts off with this, and moves right into the five “conspirators.”
Rather than being a “downer,” that I sometimes find in writing (my own, too) about our decline, this elicited more of a “yes!” And he gives us plentiful links for that backup we often need in debates. From Common Dreams.
Lots more in the article.
“Congress: The Kingpins
Gun control is the most flagrant example of Congressional disdain for the middle class. Over 90% of Americans want background checks, but Congress has failed to act. The House of Representatives even rejected an amendment that would have allowed research into causes of gun violence. …
Military: The Enforcers
Barack Obama said, “They are not very good at feeding their people, but they invest a huge amount in their weapons systems.” He was talking about North Korea. In the U.S., where half the discretionary budget is spent on the military, one of five children live in food insecure households. …
Lobbyists: The Con Men
The top lobbyists? The US Chamber of Commerce, a consortium of business interests supporting job outsourcing and climate denial; followed by the National Association of Realtors, which seeks Congressional favors even as three-quarters of renters with incomes below the $30,000 median are “cost burdened,” paying more than 30 percent of their incomes for rent. …
Media: The Illusionists
The popular business-oriented media insults the middle class with inane headlines and quotes that betray their ignorance about issues that matter to most of us…. …
Finance: The Hitmen
As our nation bemoans the violence in lower- and middle-class communities, the financial industry keeps to itself, perfecting the role of Economic Hitman that John Perkins defined on a global scale. Despite generating about 25% of all corporate profits, finance creates only about 4% of all jobs, and it has decimated middle-class homeowners and students through unpayable debt. In a direct hit to lower-class workers, the industry pays itself enough in bonuses to boost all 2.6 million U.S. fast-food workers to a $15 minimum wage. …”