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Capitalism Uber Alles: How the American Working Class Got Brainwashed

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  • Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich argues that the economic downward mobility of American workers, has "to do with power...income and wealth in fewer hands." Apparently, many working class Americans want to keep it that way.
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  • Fairer Deal
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  • Washington at Work--for the Wealthy
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  • New Figures Detail Depth Of Unemployment Misery, Lower Earnings For All But Super Wealthy
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Myriam Miedzian, MyriamMiedzian.com/Huffington Post

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In his recent book, After Shock, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich argues that the economic downward mobility of American workers, has "to do with power...income and wealth in fewer hands." Apparently, many working class Americans want to keep it that way. A recent SEIU poll reveals that, 38 percent of American voters are opposed to rescinding Bush's tax cuts for the 2 percent who earn $250,000 or more annually. 2 or 3 percent of taxpayers probably earn close enough to $250,000, to think they might be affected someday. This leaves about 33 percent voting against their self-interest -- higher taxes on the wealthiest would reduce the national debt, facilitate spending on levies, bridges, schools, healthc are, and create jobs. Similarly, an AP-GfK poll found that in the upcoming election, 58 percent of white working class Americans favor Republicans who opposed rescinding the Bush tax cut, and fought every Democratic bill benefiting low income earners including extending unemployment benefits.

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On the other hand, a 2005 study by Dan Ariely of Duke and Michael Norton of Harvard, reveals that when presented with unlabeled pie charts representing wealth distribution in the U.S where the richest 20 percent control about 84 percent of wealth and Sweden where the top 20 percent control 36 percent, 92 percent of respondents -- who reflected U.S. ideological, economic, and gender demographics -- stated they would rather live in a country with Sweden's wealth distribution.

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Fairer Deal, Sebastian Mallaby, New York Times | NY

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Washington at Work--for the Wealthy, Sam Pizzigati, Other Words

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  • "We cannot avoid the sad irony," as one new report has just concluded, "that government policy aimed at building wealth is largely helping the rich get richer."
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  • Uncle Sam is concentrating America's wealth, not sharing it.
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  • Think Again: Inequality and America’s Antiquated Politics
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  • Americans Vastly Underestimate Wealth Inequality, Support 'More Equal Distribution Of Wealth'
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New Figures Detail Depth Of Unemployment Misery, Lower Earnings For All But Super Wealthy, Huffington Post

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  • Those Americans earning more than $50 million increased their income from an average of $91.2 million in 2008 to almost $519 million. That's nearly $10 million in weekly pay!These 74 people made as much as the 19 million lowest-paid people in America, who constitute one in every eight workers."
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  • September Jobs Report Reveals America’s Emerging Third World Economy
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September Jobs Report Reveals America’s Emerging Third World Economy

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  • September Jobs: American Worker Displacement At Record High
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  • New Figures Detail Depth Of Unemployment Misery, Lower Earnings For All But Super Wealthy
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Paul Craig Roberts, Information Clearing House

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For a number of years I reported on the monthly nonfarm payroll jobs data. The data did not support the praises economists were singing to the "New Economy." The "New Economy" consisted, allegedly, of financial services, innovation, and high-tech services.

This economy was taking the place of the old "dirty fingernail" economy of industry and manufacturing. Education would retrain the workforce, and we would move on to a higher level of prosperity.

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September Jobs: American Worker Displacement At Record High, Edwin S. Rubenstein, VDare.com

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  • The economy lost 95,000 more jobs in September, as state and local governments downsized at a faster rate than the private sector expanded.
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  • The drop was much larger than the 8,000 decline expected by economists and far outstripped the 57,000 lost in August.
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New Figures Detail Depth Of Unemployment Misery, Lower Earnings For All But Super Wealthy, Huffington Post
Those Americans earning more than $50 million increased their income from an average of $91.2 million in 2008 to almost $519 million. That's nearly $10 million in weekly pay!These 74 people made as much as the 19 million lowest-paid people in America, who constitute one in every eight workers."

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New Figures Detail Depth Of Unemployment Misery, Lower Earnings For All But Super Wealthy

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  • Those Americans earning more than $50 million increased their income from an average of $91.2 million in 2008 to almost $519 million. That's nearly $10 million in weekly pay!These 74 people made as much as the 19 million lowest-paid people in America, who constitute one in every eight workers."
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  • September Jobs Report Reveals America’s Emerging Third World Economy
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Huffington Post

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Mike Thompson

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One out of every 34 Americans who earned wages in 2008 earned absolutely nothing -- not one cent -- in 2009.

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The stunning figure was released earlier this month (Oct) by the Social Security Administration, but apparently went unreported until it appeared today on Tax.com in a column by Pulitzer Prize-winning tax reporter David Cay Johnston.

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It's not just every 34th earner whose financial situation has been upended by the financial crisis. Average wages, median wages, and total wages have all declined -- except at the very top, where they leaped dramatically, increasing five-fold.

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September Jobs Report Reveals America’s Emerging Third World Economy, Paul Craig Roberts, Information Clearing House

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  • September Jobs: American Worker Displacement At Record High
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  • New Figures Detail Depth Of Unemployment Misery, Lower Earnings For All But Super Wealthy
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Growing workers’ rebellion against the UAW

The formation of the rank-and-file committee has struck a deep chord among workers in the US and internationally who have experienced similar betrayals at the hands of the pro-company and pro-government unions.

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World Socialist Website

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There is a growing rebellion by rank-and-file workers in the US against the United Auto Workers union. In recent weeks, workers at the GM stamping plant in Indianapolis overwhelming voted down a 50 percent wage cut pushed by the UAW. Workers at the Lake Orion GM plant in suburban Detroit have expressed angry opposition to an agreement by the UAW to halve their wages without even allowing a ratification vote.

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Workers in Indianapolis formed the GM Stamping Rank-and-File Committee and have called on workers to follow their example by building committees of action independently of and in opposition to the UAW to organize a fight to defend jobs and overturn the two-tier wage structure imposed last year by the UAW and the Obama administration.

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Dead Miners and Ethically Dead Senators

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  • Here's the perfect cure for lawmakers' job grievances: Become coal miners for a while.
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  • Corporations scoff at workers' rights--even the right to come home from work alive
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  • In West Virginia, coal miner's slaughter
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Jim Hightower, Other Words

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

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Some members of Congress complain that they have a really tough job. Also, they say their hard work is not appreciated by the public and that they're really not paid enough.

Well, not to worry, Congresspeople, for I have the perfect cure for your job grievances: Become coal miners for a while.
Talk about hard work, bad conditions, poor pay, and unappreciative bosses! Then there's that irritating thing about being killed on the job.

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Corporations scoff at workers' rights--even the right to come home from work alive, Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown

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  • OSHA, the agency scorned by labor haters, has been meek and weak
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  • In West Virginia, coal miner's slaughter
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In West Virginia, coal miner's slaughter, Michael Winship, Salon

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  • Upper Big Branch's owners bought themselves virtual impunity with campaign contributions. The result was tragedy
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  • David Roberts of the environmental magazine Grist described Massey's president and CEO Don Blankenship as "the scariest polluter in the U.S. ...The guy is evil and I don't use that word lightly."
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  • The responsible capitalists: Will anyone fill their shoes?
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Corporate America's Favorite Jurists Return

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  • The squeeze on workers
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  • Signing away your rights
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The Progress Report, Think Progress

Few cases define the Roberts Court like the recent decision in Citizens United v. FEC. With a wave of their hands, the Court's five conservatives opened the floodgates to allow billions of corporate dollars to spill into American democracy.

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As a result, outside interest groups -- most of which are aligned with conservatives -- have already spent five times as much on this midterm election cycle as they did in 2006. And Citizens United is only the tip of the Court's corporate iceberg. The justices have consistently favored employers over workers and polluters over the environment -- and it has gone out of its way to slam the doors of justice shut on ordinary Americans. With the Court's new term beginning this week, the justices have a few opportunities to correct past errors. Sadly, the Roberts majority is far more likely to find new ways to declare corporate America to be above the law.

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The squeeze on workers: In its first full term together, the Roberts majority handed down its infamous Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire decision, which cut off access to equal pay for equal work for many women. Moreover, when Congress swiftly overturned this egregious decision, the conservative justices responded -- not with the humility Chief Justice Roberts promised in his confirmation hearing -- but with an equally indefensible decision limiting the rights of older workers.

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