2011-08-12 / Letters

Kill The Golden Goose

Dear Editor,

We all have our take on the economy and why we are in the mess we are in today. As I see it, it all started in the second half of the ’50s. I came from Ireland in 1954 and I went to live with my aunt on 106 Street and Columbus Avenue on the west side of New York. I had at least 12 aunts and uncles on both sides of my family living in New York. The families in Ireland in those days were huge. Anywhere from 6 to 20 children in each family was the norm. There were a lot of rainy days in Ireland with nothing to do. I never heard of a man and wife in New York City having to work in order to make a living. The men in every family earned enough money to support their families. Over the years, and up to the present, the wages didn’t keep up with the cost of living, and as a result the rich kept getting richer and the poor getting poorer. In 1954 a bus or subway ride was 5 cents, so was a loaf of bread or a glass of beer or soda A gallon of heating oil was 17 cents while the average blue collar wages were $70 a week.

Don’t blame President Barack Obama or any of the presidents since Dwight Eisenhower. It was a slow infestation that took 57 years to come to a head, engineered by the super wealthy slowly wringing the last drop of blood from the blue collar workers. Unlike the rest of the world America has an easy solution, and that is, insist that the wealthy pay their fare share of taxes. After all, America has most of the wealthy people in the world living and making their money in the good old USA. Where else could blood suckers live with impunity? Just watch their profits when the reports come out in the next few days. Unfortunately, President Obama and the House and Senate cannot, or will not, do anything to upset the super rich, especially since the Supreme Court ruled that the wealthy can contribute as much money as they want to their favorite candidates. In other words, the super rich choices are bought and paid for. We can see this in the debt ceiling discussions going on nowadays in Washington. What a crock, when they should be trying to put people back to work instead of shielding the rich. Anything wrong with your ceiling that a good paint job wouldn’t fix?

There is only one solution to all of this. The citizens must take to the streets in masses and hold peaceful demonstrations demanding that the wealthy pay their fare share of taxes. I firmly believe that the super rich will come to their senses and realize that you cannot kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. The power is still in the people, and in the end it is going to be the people demanding change that will make things right. Nothing is going to change until this happens except more and more of the same till the goose laying the golden eggs drops dead.

JOHN BAXTER

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