Posted 4 weeks ago on Sept. 21, 2020, 11:35 a.m. EST by elf3
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Until we create an inclusive strong worker movement where no one is left pulling the cart then our country will continue to polarize and breed resentment towards "the other". If the top 5 percent of earners is deducted from the equation, we are not so far apart as a nation. In fact more than 50 percent of Americans earn less than $30,000 per year. The working class is holding the weight of an economy where corporations and the rich skirt taxes and have decimated our middle class workers who are expected to lift up others with little upward mobility of our own. This can only cause resentment and further division. If we are going to say we need educational or housing opportunities paid for by our working class - then the working class should absolutely be able to participate in the things we pay for: so we must make them accessible and UNIVERSAL. Health care, education, and a leg up must be accessible to all - dividing access to what should be universal to only those who qualify or need it the most - is creating a system where only some pay, and only some have access to basic needs and upward mobility, or safety nets. While I agree the playing field has been innately stacked - approaching the solution in this way doesn't change the fact that our system is not currently benefiting those who contribute nor being funded by the wealthy top five percent - but by a working class which are not members of that club. If we continue to lump in the working class with the top one to five percent - the disconnect it's creating by those who in fact don't have it easy and calls for them to sacrifice more and more to aid others - is not opening them to the plight of others but further causing resentment and closing them off. The focus needs to be on rebuilding our working class - which is the majority of us together - and creating a benefit for that contribution. Humans are almost born recognizing when something is not fair (even young children) so of course paying in more and more to a system which offers little to nothing in return (unless you are very poor or of a specific group) is going to cause people to become angry. We can keep going back to the points in history when it all began - or we can deal with the system in front of us. The system in front of us has been designed by Wall Street and neo-liberal neo con trickle down doctrine which I guess now means the middle class empties their pockets and has no mobility while trickling down what extra they don't actually have to aid the growing poverty caused by the greed of passive income privilege.