2011-04-15 / Columnists

The Progressive

Reality Check
By John Paul Culotta

For the past few months, we have been inundated with reports of natural disasters, nuclear safety issues, North African dissension, another military action in a Moslem country, March sports madness, and the demise of a screen legend. It is easy to forget the most serious issue that faces this nation. Our American families are either worried about their personal economic stability and the dire financial state of their immediate family or neighbors or about the continuous increasing national debt. Debate appears to be limited to attacks on public sector unions and the imposition of draconian cuts to the safety debate. There is limited discussion as to how we will put people back to work. In the March 26 to April 1 issue of the Economist, an authoritative and respected capitalist magazine, reported that the “benefits of the recovery seems to have been distributed entirely to the owners of capital rather than workers. In America total real wages have risen to $168 billion since the recovery began, but that has been far outstripped by a $528 billion jump in profits. Dhaval Joshi of RCA Research reckons that this in the first time profits have outperformed wages in absolute terms in 50 years.”

Americans must face the facts! We are no longer able to neglect the increasing social and economic disparities that the present kleptocratic nature of our present corporate directed political discourse sees as a non issue. We need to address the regressive nature of our present tax system and the corporate incentives that our government at all levels gives with no apparent benefit to the taxpayers. Cuts to the poor are unacceptable. Library services need improvement – not funding cuts. Our young need capable and well paid teachers and not empty promises. Our elderly do not need to live their final days in fear of cuts to programs that guarantee a satisfying life style. People need jobs that guarantee a standard of living that will allow a family to prosper. These objectives are truly the family values of a civilized society.

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