From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbor's rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own. Carl Schurz

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The true culprit

Nearly everyone who isn't rich is hurting economically these days, has been so for decades.

Governments in service of their corporate masters along with an assist from the media have used this to sell their low tax, small government austerity (for me and you) agenda. Many of it's victims have bought into the propaganda and will defend this system to the bitter end, however,  as the chart below shows their anger is directed at the wrong target.

 Clearly if we are to end this pain we have to focus not on the tax side of the equation but instead look to ending this cycle of wage suppression. Taxes appropriately levied are a public good that serve the great majority in ways often unseen. Wage suppression only serves those with wealth and power.

How do we turn this around? Well for starters we turn the minimum wage back into a living one just as it was before wage suppression was foisted on us, secondly we end this war on unions. This is a war fought ostensibly against unionism but in fact it is a war waged on all working people.

But most importantly we must stop voting for politicians and parties who support the neo-liberal agenda that has wrought so much pain wherever forced on a population

1 comment:

  1. Kev, I as a rural social worker have always been aware of poverty but this election, I really saw how the working poor is expanding and hurting by all the increases in costs and fees and higher bills while their work efforts get less and less. They don't trust anybody and feel that the effort to vote will not change anything. And I talked alot about low income, affordability, and can we have a provincial/national dental plan, eye care and so on please. Cheers!