In summary, since the early ’80s, there has been an economic assault on the middle- and lower-income folks. Wages and salaries in the private sector have been cut, pensions have disappeared, communities have been destroyed with plant closings, social and education programs slashed; privatization and deregulation have resulted in rampant fraud and corruption. The Bush tax program has benefited the wealthy, and anti-American worker trade agreements (off-shoring) that translate to high-wage job losses are now an entrenched policy. Let’s hope there are many fearless American patriots in the new Congress, for we desperately need them.
Or, we could just turn into lemmings.
Joseph F. Doyle is a freelance writer who lives in Salem.