Stewart Acuff

Feb 27

Why Do You Rob Banks?

Was it Willie Sutton who said he robbed banks because that’s where the money is? That would be a good message for radical rightwing members of Congress to learn and apply to the ongoing, never-ending self imposed budget and economic crisis.

As long as the radical Republicans insist on starving our government, cutting more programs that benefit average Americans, cutting unemployment, INFLICTING EVEN MORE PAIN, laying off tens of thousands of federal workers, taking even more money out of this weak economy – weakened by the same policies: we will continue to suffer AUSTERITY. Then when radical rightwing Republicans aim at Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid that will force more working families and retired workers into poverty, our economy will remain stuck.

Go where the money is.

WORKING FAMILIES HAVE SUFFERED 35 YEARS OF STAGNANT WAGES.

AS WE ALL KNOW BY NOW, THE TOP 2% OF OUR POPULATION HAVE SOAKED UP THE GAINS OF OUR PRODUCTIVITY, GAMED OUR TAX SYSTEM WITH TAX CUTS AND A TAX RATE ON STOCK INCOME THAT IS LESS THAN HALF THE RATE THAT WE WORKERS PAY ON OUR WAGES, AND BUSTED THE WORLD’S ECONOMY WITH THEIR FOOLISHNESS ON WALL ST.

ONCE AGAIN WE LEARN THAT CAPITALISM MUST BE REGULATED AND FETTERED OR IT WILL DESTROY EVERYTHING INCLUDING ITSELF.

Go where the money is – the rich beyond imagination who’ve taken advantage of all of us and our country and our world. The big issue is inequality. That is what we must focus on.

 

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Stewart Acuff is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work.

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