Looking Left and Right Quote of Note # 14 (RJ Eskow)

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An observation worth noting … and pondering, from RJ Eskow:

From the first breaths of life to the last, our lives are being stolen out from under us. From infant care and early education to Social Security and Medicare, the dominant economic ideology is demanding more lifelong sacrifices from the vulnerable to appease the gods of wealth….Middle-class wages are stagnant. Unemployment is stalled at record levels. College education is leading to debt servitude and job insecurity. Millions of unemployed Americans have essentially been abandoned by their government. Poverty is soaring….And yet, bizarrely, the only Americans who seem to be seething with anger are the beneficiaries of this economic injustice – the wealthiest and most privileged among us. But those who are suffering seem strangely passive.As long as they stay that way, there will be no movement to repair these injustices. And the more these injustices are allowed to persist, the harder it will be to end them.Where the hell is the outrage? And how can we start some?…

Where indeed?

A primary theme I’ll return to repeatedly on this blog and elsewhere is that Americans need to invest just a little bit of time and effort to understanding for themselves what policy proposals and enacted legislated means, and how it will play out. None of us can afford any longer to tolerate the mere parroting of talking points urged by preferred media. Certain elements and factions of the Fourth Estate have their own vested interest in keeping followers uninformed and agitated.

Asking why … why is this legislation being proposed; and what … what happens when it passes, are questions requiring precious little effort. The answers aren’t all that difficult to figure out, either.

Add those to Who benefits? and Who does not?, and we might find ourselves having very different public and private discussions about our future.

Hope is a good thing….

~ My Photo: the march to Salt Island at low tide – July 2011

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The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm, but because
of those who look at it without doing anything - Albert Einstein