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Fletcher has to learn economics, compassion

August 16, 2012
The Alpena News

Stephen Fletcher writes (Aug. 8) that facing our country is a "tsunami" caused by "embracing a socialistic society."

His little narrative of Molly (our federal government) and her parents (the U.S. taxpayer) is just so darned cute. But, cuteness does not excuse its deviousness and diverting attention from who really has brought the world to its knees with the most debt in human history, a miserable permanent class of unemployed (those great-paying U. S. jobs are not coming back,) poverty, hopelessness, and corporate damage to the physical environment.

World-wide depression caused by whom? Answer: Corporate power. Corporations are people now. Their families live well. We'd been told for decades that big industry controls our government, but we paid little attention because our watchdog liberals were quiet. Suddenly, seemingly, it all comes crashing down around our ears.

Unregulated capitalism does not exist for the common good. Chris Hedges writes in "The "Death of the Liberal Class" that it is corporations who get us used to the idea of permanent war, who "throw poor families out of their homes, let the uninsured die, slash social assistance programs, gut public education, trash the global economy, plunder the U.S. Treasury, and crush [with the complicity of liberals] all popular movements that seek justice for working men and women."

Fletcher's reference to supporting the Occupy movement and "other social stuff" is despicable. It belittles the uprisings taking place all over the world today by people who have only their labor to sell. The jobless and disempowered are feeling threatened in the face of the wave bearing down on them-the tsunami of the destruction and decline of the middle class-the very basis of democracy.

Stephen Fletcher has a few things yet to learn about economics, power, and compassion.

Elaine Thompson

Alpena

 
 

 

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