Viewpoint: The next election will determine the future of the middle class
The Koch brothers will spend $290 million in this election to try to get Republican control of the Senate. It would take the average worker 8,300 years to make that much money, but it is a mere pittance to them. Do they care whether a woman aborts a fetus? Of course not. Nor do they care about any of the half dozen other wedge issues used to addle the voters mind. What do they care about? Increased profits, by cutting taxes and regulations on their businesses, without regard for how badly it eviscerates the working class economy. Multibillionaires Warren Buffet, John Paulson, George Soros and others are selling off their stock in companies that sell products to American consumers. The reason? Soon there will be no consumers. Read it on the internet. Nick Hanauer, a Sacramento billionaire, wrote “The Pitchforks are Coming; For Us Plutocrats.” Look it up online. With the rapidly increasing inequality, we are becoming less a capitalist society and more a feudal society. The middle class will completely disappear and America will resemble an 18th century French economy, in which the aristocracy owned everything and the serfs scrambled for what few crumbs were left. With no education or healthcare and no future, most died in their 30s. One third of the children died before age one. It took the French revolution with the serfs killing the aristocracy by the thousands to level the playing field. Remember the guillotine? Why are we trying to return to that sorry state? The Republican voter is aiding and abetting that drive, a fact of which they are supremely unaware due to the above mentioned wedge issues. The Louisiana governor, Bobby Jindal, recently signed a bill allowing guns in bars. At 2:45 a.m., July 1, two drunks had a shootout on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Apparently their shooting skill levels were even smaller than their brains as they missed each other and injured nine bystanders. Gov. Jindal said “We are celebrating a sportsman’s paradise and American values.” Whose values? The Koch brothers? Republicans? Certainly, not mine. I cannot conceive of any worker, even Republican, finding any of the above a desirable agenda. If the Koch brothers win, 300 million middle class Americans lose. The coming election is a fight for the future of our children, and of theirs.
Barrie Johnson, Exeland