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By Dennis Trainor, Jr.

Even though Obama allowed the Employee Free Choice Act, a bill that would make it easier to form Unions and fortify the defenses of middle class in the war being waged on us by the super rich, to all but disappear from the administrations priority list, Americans know that he will be there when the chips are down.

He promised as much, in no uncertain terms on the campaign trail:

"Understand this. If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain, when I'm in the White House, I'll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself. I'll walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States because Americans deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner."


His language as President has never quite lived up to his poetic rhetoric as a candidate, but the country does not need poetry now.

What the country needs is a President who stands with them and fights against the coordinated assault on workers, planned by the super rich and being enacted by a new breed of activist GOP Governors.

What the country needs is a President to point out that collective barraging is not to blame for the financial crisis; criminals on Wall Street are.


What the country needs is a President to help us understand that even before Gov. Scott Walker gave corporations $117 million in tax cuts, in large part creating the current $137 million deficit it was individuals who made up four times the tax revenue of the State.

And that ratio is criminal.

The numbers of the Federal level are even worse. Individuals account for almost 5 times the tax revenues that corporations do. Compare that to the 50-50 ratios that existed when Ronald Regan took office and you begin to see how wealth has been trickling up, not down, for the past 30 years.

What the country needs is a President to help us understand that the current battle being waged in Wisconsin is not the first battle in a long war ahead of us, but, if the elite right wing super rich get their way, will be the last stand for Unions in a violent siege that they withstanding since Regan broke the Air Traffic Controllers Union.

Not in a Union? Don’t care about Unions?

If Unions are broken, the center of American Politics- already pulled to the right, goes even further.

If Unions are broken, corporate welfare will increase, and promoting the general welfare- as called for in the preamble to the Constitution, becomes a distant memory.

Yes, my Tea Party Constitutional champions: you have been arguing the wrong side of this issue all along. You claim to be into liberty, and yet act like puppets.

So, this is a black and white issue. Choose a side: You can bow down to the Super Rich Great Gatsby’s of the world and be happy with whatever crumbs they are willing to toss your way- casting yourselves in the subservient role of a beggar in some nightmare Dickensian pageant,

Or take a stand in solidarity with workers to promote the general Welfare.    
 
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By Dennis Trainor, Jr

First Tunisia, Egypt, and then every hour it seemed a new revolution was emerging Algeria, Iran, Libya, and Bahrain- I mean, Bahrain- come on- if you would have asked most Americans what Bahrain was two months ago, more people would have guessed it was a dip for Pita chips, not a country whose people were being gunned down while peacefully protesting.

Just two months into the last year before the final year of the Mayan calendar, the final year in the history of the world, according to 4 out of 5 nihilistic moon bat conspiracy theorists surveyed- the middle East, some real estate with a high level biblically apocalyptic significance, is about as stable as the trifecta of Charlie Sheen, Bolivian coke, and a harem of Heidi Fleiss employees.

So, are we witnessing the beginning of the end? Or is this, somehow, the end of the War on Terror?

Peter Beinart, writing in the Daily Beast, opines:
“the revolutions transforming the Middle East are also deeply sad because they underscore what a terrible waste the last decade of American foreign policy has been. Since September 11, the United States has spent more than $1 trillion in Afghanistan and Iraq. Those wars have cost thousands of young Americans their lives and maimed many more. … From Egypt to Libya to Bahrain to Iran, the lesson of the last month is that any regime that offers its people neither free speech nor a decent job is ideologically weak… Had America’s leaders understood that after 9/11, they might have realized that waiting on events, rather than trying to remake the Middle East at gunpoint wasn’t such a bad idea after all.”

The conclusion here, paraphrasing Beinart, is that as democratically elected regimes pop up in the middle east that are less do not have a history of acquiescing to a US foreign policy, Al Qaeda will find fewer pockets of disenchantment to recruit from.

While Beinart stops short of pointing out that the trillions of dollars spent killing and maiming innocent civilians in countries that posed no immediate threat to us is not only illegal and immoral, but almost certainly blowback inducing. The freedom dance that is going viral in the Middle East is encouraging, and deserving of our full support. However, the U.S. has played the part of Imperial Bull in a Religious, Cultural and Geopolitical China shop for so many decades that it takes a special brand of born in the USA Hubris to think that when all of the dust settles on the tectonic shifts now happening in the middle east, we will wake up to a world that looks at the United States like a benevolent patriarch.

 
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by Dennis Trainor, Jr.

Make no mistake about it. Wisconsin’s recently elected Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s threat to call in the national guard if Union Members respond to his proposed bill that would strip collective bargaining rights away from Union Members, is not only an attack against Union members in his state, it is right now the main front on the war being waged against the middle class.

Among the many negative consequences of our extended great recession is the growing perception, nurtured by ultra right wing corporate interests, that paints the picture of Union members in this country who are over compensated and in some way need to sacrifice like the rest of us.

Ignored in this argument are two facts:

While real unemployment in this country continues to flirt with 20%, Wall Street records record profits. In fact, according to the Commerce Department, U.S. companies earned the highest profit rate in the 3rd quarter of 2010, since, well, EVER. So, for all of you worshipping at the alter of Ronald Regan, tell me, when is some of this shit gonna trickle down? Okay, let me glance at my figures- oh, yes that is right Regan was wrong. Ever since the Gipper busted the Air Traffic control Union, wealth has been getting redistributed upwards at a rate that threatens to eliminate the middle class. Are you familiar with the term serfdom? Ah …   What's in a name? That which we call a slave by any other name would work for free.
     
Also ignored in the argument that Union members in this country are over compensated and in some way need to sacrifice like the rest of us is the following.

The sacrifices made by Union Members in this country gave all of us, no matter if we ever paid a dime in Union dues, a minimum wage, a 40 hour work week, overtime, sick days and in many other tangible ways helped create what we used to call the American Dream: The belief that if we apply our will and work hard for a living that we would secure for ourselves and our family a well earned and secure place in the middle class.

That dream, like the middle class itself, is under siege and on life support.

This public war against Unions is a major front in the very real war being waged on the middle class. The deck, financed by the Koch brothers and other individuals and corporations whose interests lie solely in increasing the profit margins for the ultra rich, is stacked against us. So much so, that messaging on this issue has infected the middle class to the extent that many blue collar workers who no longer work under the protective umbrella of a union consistently parrot the talking points of Fox News; essentially defending their would be executioners.

The Citizens United Case that opened the floodgates for increased corporate financing in elections will give us more elected officials who act as brazen warriors in the fight against the middle class. The Citizens United ruling will yield be more Governors like Scott Walker and New Jersey Union busting crusader Chris Christie.

There need to be more of us, like the tens of thousands protesting in the streets of Madison Wisconsin, whether we be in Unions or no, who are willing to stand, together, against them.