Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Labor Day anger

While mowing the front yard yesterday I instinctively waved to a passing car.  While waving, with my red ear muffs on, it appeared a passenger was yelling out some inflammatory remarks.  Perhaps he read one on my recent blogs about "being mad as hell, and not going to take it any longer?".

I'm guessing there is a strong chance that his hostile drive by passenger is a part of the 99 percent, many of whom have seen their financial outlooks become ever bleaker in recent years, while the 1 percent continues to soar.  With uncontrolled, laissez-faire economics it is said that "the rich man's dog will drink the milk the poor man's child needs to survive."

I expect we will, and should, hear more from people who have become disenfranchised by the economic disparity between racial groups and social classes.  Many formerly among the middle class are now strugglng to make ends meet, and have joined the growing ranks of working poor.   These past three years the US has not raised its federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour, which equates to $15,080 for a year. How well do you think you might live on this?

The 99% Spring is a network of organizations that among other things are working to train people to take action regarding economic injustice.  They've got an online training to help people take action on their website, The 99% Spring.

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