President Barack Obama,
Congratulations on achieving the first National Labor Relations Board where all five members have been duly confirmed since August 2003. I knew that President George W Bush had connived to prevent the board from functioning all during his time in office – but I did not know until recently that the filibuster rule in the Senate was not only blocking judicial appointments but other executive department appointments as well. Who would have thought that the Republicans in the Senate could nullify the National Labor Relations Act for ten long years?
Ten years is a long time for workers to be without full enforcement of fair labor laws.
How many union organizing drives have been illegally crushed in the last ten years?
How much has our economy been hurt by falling wages for workers?
Unemployment would be far lower, if workers had received their just portion of the productivity gains contributed to the economy over the past 30 years; instead of their just portion being funneled into the pockets of the 1%. At the same time as the 1% have pocketed these profits, they and the corporations they own, have paid an ever lower percentage in taxes which has caused increased government deficits. So an ever greater share of the tax burden has fallen on the same workers whose wages have been stagnant; and with increased deficits (but mostly from the minds of the lobbyists of the 1%), has come the idea that social security, public assistance, and government pensions should be reduced.
The whole deficit problem is then a conspiracy of the 1% to keep the 99% in their place. And the poor economy or scarcity of jobs is their weapon of choice; we submit, because we fear to lose what little we have.
It is a shame. We are all poorer because we fight over a smaller pie. If the 1%, who already have more than enough wealth to live a very comfortable life: paid a greater percentage in personal and corporate taxes and paid directly or indirectly a living wage to their employees (the 99% or all the rest of us). We all, through our spending of this ‘extra’ money would in turn drive more employment and a better life for all.
You could focus media attention on these issues.
What Republican member of Congress or Senator could ever be re-elected if their constituents were informed how their leaders have conspired with the 1% to steal from them over the years. You could make the Republican party irrelevant with the 2014 elections – all you have to do is get the truth before the public.