By: Josh Cameron | Our Voice Contributor
“Bonanza for Rich Real Estate Investors, Tucked Into Stimulus Package” – The New York Times
In a time where people face evictions and the inability to put food on the table for their families, the same families that the Democrats and Republicans say they work for and both parties give a “bonanza for rich real estate investors”. This while telling the working-class to just go ahead and relax while there is a knee on the throat of our citizens (quite literally and figuratively)?
“American billionaires got $434 billion richer during the pandemic” – CNBC. Many people may be wondering: ‘how is the stock market doing so well when we have unemployment in the 10’s of millions within just a couple of months’? This is what comes from the privatization of America.
We have heard for decades now that we need to privatize government industries because the private sector does things so much better. Like having necessary healthcare PPE stockpiled for a crisis? Nope, that isn’t monetarily efficient and doesn’t allow a company to pay absurd bonuses to its shareholders.
How about where Amazon, you know, Jeff Bezos, who is set to be the first trillionaire and richest person in the world, telling their sick employees during the pandemic that they have to continue to work because “workers paid sick leave law doesn’t cover warehouses”? Does spreading a pandemic appear to be responsible privatization?
Disasters are for the peasants to deal with apparently. We have armed protests because people can’t pay their bills and want to work. Now consider this Bloomberg News headline: “Firms That Left U.S. to Cut Taxes Could Qualify for Fed Aid.”
You, as a working-class citizen, pay taxes for our roads, our bridges, our air and water cleanup/support. You, as a working-class citizen, are told that we are in an America first doctrine for the first time in perhaps decades. What do Trump and his GOP/Democratic enablers do when his citizens are hurting? Yup, looks to give bailouts to large companies that pay $0 in taxes and actually left the U.S. so they could pocket all the profits at the expense of the working-class.
The St. Louis Fed reported in 2012 that banks own approximately 17 houses to every single homeless person in this country. How did that happen? Remember in 2008 during the housing crisis and millions lost their homes? The banks seized them or bought them at auction for bottom dollar. Then a few years later when the stock market rebounded, the banks made out like bandits while the citizens of America lost their lives, their livelihoods, their pensions, their life savings, and for what? So anti-American Robber Barons (all billionaires are Robber Barons) could rob us blind.
George Carlin once said: “It’s a big club and you ain’t in it.” You know who was wearing a “Make Whites Great Again” hat and who also stood up, proudly, with Donald J. Trump? Derek Chauvin; the murderer cop who forced his knee onto George Floyd’s neck for 7 minutes, while two other officers had him handcuffed and held down with no care for his loss of life.
Out of anger people rise up and protest. Yes, things get smashed and destroyed. But guess what the working-class doesn’t do? They don’t rob $434 billion. Guess who does? Billionaires who get the support from both the Democrats and Republicans.
The time is now to redefine what it is to be a patriot. If you support corporate politicians, you are acting as your own jailer. If you think voting “Blue No Matter Who” is going to save you, the corporate politicians have run their propaganda very effectively.
We are at a moment in time where, like the Civil Rights movement, mass protests and demonstrations are getting the attention of the politicians in power. What we can’t afford to do is what the Civil Rights movement did. That was to let the same politicians that they fought day in and day out, to remain in office and undermine the very Democratic principles that we are fighting for.
It is not enough to just demonstrate and blow off steam. If we are to demonstrate, we need those leaders in the communities, those out on the streets galvanizing the working-class, to also demonstrate by way of running for office and send the corporate shills in both major parties to do the perp-walk-of-shame out of their positions of power.
This is not the time to kowtow to another corporate politician. This is the time to demand actionable and equitable policy changes: Medicare for All, demilitarize the police, workers’ Bill of Rights, Federal Jobs Guarantee tied to a Green New Deal.
To do any less is to leave our fellow Americans behind the enemy lines of poverty and at the whims of the vampiric Robber Barons who look no further than their self-created mass graves of the American working-class as a feedback mechanism for their own success.