I have heard so much rhetoric in the recent past how the cause of the economic problems are because of the Unions and Federal, State and Municipal workers dragging down the economy with their huge payouts, etc. that I was actually believing it. Hey, wait a minute. I'm one of those municipal workers, the most recent scourge to society. Whether you agree with me or not, we are in the terrible fiscal time that we are in because of:
Wall Street and the ridiculous people in the Senate and legislature who spew this garbage.
Do we have jobs and good benefits? Yes, we do because the government gave them to us because benefits were cheaper than giving us money in raises. That's right folks, benefits were cheaper than giving raises years back. Constantly we heard that "you may not be making much money but at least you have good benefits." Well then, Rick, how come benefits are so expensive now? "Well let me think for a minute, rising health care costs, insurance increases, fuel increases, food increases, drug increases and HUGE corporate bonuses." Ok, Rick, let's say for the sake of argument that's true. Who is responsible for All of this? "Well my best guess would be Wall Street and Banks and Insurance companies." Well I'm finding this hard to believe. How come we haven't been hearing this on the news or reading it in our news papers? (pregnant pause for effect) "Dear friend, by any chance do you know who owns and runs the media?" No, Rick, who? "Well, I am not quite sure (slightly passive aggressive), but I'll bet if you could trace back through all the convoluted twists and turns and shell corporations and such that you would find Big Business and Wall Street." Come on now, Rick, we the taxpayers (who are made up of union people and state and federal workers and middle class common folk) bailed them out with our hard- earned tax dollars. They wouldn't do this to us would they? "By chance did you happen to see the big bonuses that they passed out to each other or the accounts that they hide in tax-free nations and the dummy corporations that they set up off shore so that they can do this all legally and everything and avoid paying their fair share of taxes?
"You know, my friend, I don't believe in socialisam or redistributing the wealth or any of those things but I do believe this: we as a nation are being fed a bunch of garbage in a very well thought out plan.
"I don't believe there are two political parties anymore and that the constant bickering is a well-thought-out act of slight of hand and smoke and mirrors to keep us distracted from the truth of corporate take over.
"When the country closes down and common people don't get paid or Social Security payments are held up, do you honestly believe that the Senate and House don't get paid too, think again. You want to attack me on health-care cost, how about what the top echelon in government get for Life, total and free health care for them and their familiies and a pension that would blow your minds even if they only put a few years of service in. You know, people, you can agree with me or disagree with me, but stand up and be heard not herded like sheep. Ask a lot of questions of Washington and Hartford and Locals. Demand that they stop spending our money instead of their own. Have them stand up and be accountable or vote them out. Don't vote for change when you don't even know what the change is and whether it is good or bad for us. We are all eager for change, but change that is going to help the masses and not the few unscrupulous elite types."
You know, Rick, you have kind of gotten off the track here. "You're right, my friend, I have and I'm sorry, but I along with millions of other public sector workers I have been demonized in a well thought out corporate plan of bashing, to remove the heat from them.
"I am truly sorry, sorry for all the people out of work, without benefits, struggling to live. This is certainly not a great place to be, but we municipal workers didn't put you there. You are our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and friends and we hurt with you as you struggle to regain a foothold in this disaster economy brought on by corporate greed and lousy action by Washington collective. I'm not promoting unions, but unions have saved more than just jobs in this country, they saved lives (just ask a coal miner.) Big business and Big Brother would like nothing better than to keep us fragmented and infighting and not unionized than to concentrate on how they are padding their own nests and wallets at the expense of our nests and wallets. Remember, as a people, "United we stand, Divided we fall and fail!
98.5% of what I have said is true and accurate. As a further note I am also sick and tired of being told that Social Security and Medicare is an Entitlement program, as if this is a bad thing. Excuse me, but I paid a lot of money into these programs and when I retire your d--- right I'm entitled to them, just like the rest of you who have paid into them. So my thoughts are these: Washington you tighten your belts and I mean your belts, not my belt, not my neighbor's belt, but yours, Y..O..U.. Mr. pompous Senator, Mr. pompous Representative, you take a cut in pay, you give up your 17 secretaries and personal aids, and free haircuts and jet-setting across the globe at our expense with your families, and your no-cost- to-you health care and then and only then you come to me and ask me to give up more than we have already sacrificed for your lavish lifestyles at our expense!!! And last but not least, you work five days a week at 40+ hours a week and 48 weeks out of the year. After all, you make three or four or more times what the rest of us make. Sooo get your act together or we just might have to lay you off or fire you!