What America Needs Now – Voice for OWS Movement
America has lost her voice. Once our congressional representatives were men of vision. That vision combined pragmatism and idealism to create a government that helped those in need yet encouraged independence and competitiveness.
Back in the dawn of our country, men of substance understood that the bourgeois (old fashioned word for middle class) was necessary to the stability of the economy. The bourgeois were the ones who worked in the factories, were the clerks, sales people and more importantly the purchaser.
They understood that in order to sell product they must have customers.
A few times in history, these men of big business had to be reminded of that. The first time was in the mid 1800’s. Pay was poor and working conditions hellish. Workers united in order improve their work conditions and wages. This was the birth of unions in America. What the government couldn’t do and the business wouldn’t do the people thru unions did. It was a struggle, it was sometimes violent but finally big business understood that the workers needed enough to feed, clothe and house their families.
New election’s and a new congress saw that the plight of the worker was addressed and that safe working conditions became part of national law.
Things tripped along for years. The bourgeois once again found a foot hold in America and the economy flourished. Then boom the crash. Stocks didn’t just tumble, they took a header. What caused it? 3 things, 1. Investing on the margin, 2. Hoarding of the wealth, 3. Failure to pay a living wage. This time when America stumbled so did the world. Because of the greed of a small percentage of the population, the large percentage suffered.
Once again the plight was heard by a new congress. Steps were taken to rebuild the economy. It took a long time, and a lot of false starts but eventually the economy flourished.
Historians attribute the invigoration of the economy to war. A fallacy taken for fact that has haunted us since the 50’s. teachers cite fact, figures and numbers to tell students that America was on her last leg when war was declared. Historians will also tell you that war always invigorates the economy, thus Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq. But what the historians don’t look at is that it wasn’t the war, but the businesses who jumpstarted the economy.
When companies began opening again, began producing goods, and paying their works a living wage, the economy turned over. True, the customer initially was the government but that gradually changed. The war only lasted 6 years, but the economy continued to function for decades.
BECAUSE BUSINESSES PAID LIVING WAGES
And here we are again, once more with a stagnant economy, the population hurting and bankrupt. Why? What happened? The same thing, BUSINESS FORGOT WHO THEIR CUSTOMERS WERE. Because of rampant greed, 1. Wealth was hoarded, 2. Workers’ wages and benefits were frozen or reduced and 3. Jobs were completely eliminated by outsourcing.
So here we are again, on the edge of economic collapse. No union will negotiate for us, no war will bail us out.
We the people must do our own fixing this time. Step 1. Let our government know our plight. Step 2, find people for congress who will understand and do something about it. Step 3, Make sure big business knows that their greedy action will not be tolerated.
We are in the midst of Step 1. The OWS Movement is strong and becoming a worldwide concern.
Step 2. VOTE But not just that. We need to find, among us, individuals who can and will represent us. Represent us honestly, passionately and effectively.
Step 3. It’s hard but we need to patronize only businesses that are independent, local or are owned/chained by individuals and companies sympathetic to our cause, who are fair to their employees and are generous with their wealth.
AMERICA – UNITE – together we CAN overcome
Lori Curran, Monday October 24th, 2011, Austin, Texas