I am at an airport. I have a conversation with a man waiting to pick someone up.
He works a full-time 40 hour week and has a second job six nights a week at straight time. His one day off from this grind is Sunday.
I mentioned that I had read 20+ years ago: One of the billionaires of 1910 stated openly; We need to work them 80-90 hours a week. We need to keep their wages low. This is the only way we can control them. If we give them to much free time, them will realize we take unfair advantage of them and we’ll have trouble. We have to keep their wages low so they will not expect a better life. I am paraphrasing however this is what I remember the theme to have been.
This 53-year-old man just looked at me as to say; “That is exactly my life. I have to work these hours just to shelter, feed and cloth my family and I have no idea how it came this.”
His fare arrived and we parted ways.
America the great. America. LIBERTY, JUSTICE AND the PURSUIT of HAPPINESS FOR ALL. America the great enacted Child Labor Laws, 40 Hour Work Weeks, Overtime, Workman’s Comp, Safe Work Place, Mandatory Education till 16, Unions forced their way in, thank God, for all the right reasons and more. America the great. America’s ability “TO END THE CORRUPTION.” (This is our mission at http://www.electcwspada.com.)
These all took time however we, the average people, made it all happen. We woke up and forced our elected people to do the will of the people. The owners of the corporations fought most, if not all, of these fair labor laws. We, the average people, were living the American Dream. Our lives improved from generation to generation up till 1980. Since then there has been a deliberate decline of employee rights, wages, benefits and Unions.
A deliberate decimation of upward mobility and the middle class. Why? Because private and corporate money was and is now being used to buy the best government money could buy. The documentary “The Best Government Money Can Buy” is a good education on one aspect of the corruption in Washington DC.
Our first Presidential Agenda at http://www.electcwspada.com solves this corruption.
I study everyday and as fate would have it, I came across the following by Nick Hanauer, a Seattle-based entrepreneur.
“I’ve had conversations with [Obama] administration officials about their forthcoming policy changes. And the scuttlebutt out of the Labor Department looks promising—for corporations. Not the middle class.
It is my sense, based on my conversations with government officials, that the administration is buying the line from corporate lobbyists who are arguing that such rule changes would devastate their bottom lines, forcing them to lay off workers. You know, the old trickle-down gambit—if workers earn more money, it would be bad for business, the economy and workers. The Obama team [and all the puppets before], in other words, is buying into the same discredited theories that were used to erode the threshold in the first place. Officials [elected puppets] will very likely raise the overtime threshold just enough [as they did with raising the minimum wage] to say they’re doing something, without actually doing much of anything for the middle class or our demand-starved economy at all.
But here’s a little secret from the corner office: The arguments that the corporate lobbyists are making—about how badly business will be hurt—just don’t add up.
What is adding up instead is the trillions of dollars in corporate profits and stock gains that corporations have made over the same decades that your hours climbed and your wages fell.
From 1950 to 1980, during the good old days of U.S. economic might—the era in which the Great American Middle Class was created—corporate profits averaged a healthy 6 percent of GDP. But since then, corporate profits have doubled to more than 12 percent of GDP.