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Class Warfare
by Travus T. Hipp
Apr 22, 2012 | 1182 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Call it what you want, but recognizing the vast gap between the Haves and the Have-nots is long overdue in our society, and this election is opening and defining that division to public debate for the first time in recent decades. The Republicans have been forced to run on a platform that cuts deeply into the social support systems for the poor, elderly and helpless, with even bigger tax breaks and subsides for the already wealthy. By forcing recognition of these issues, President Obama is forcing the issue into his campaign, and blaming the class of multiplying billionaires for the failures of capitalism as presently practiced by the American oligarchy.

It seems that greed and avarice are bred into mankind and encouraged by the system to a point where even the rich no longer control their fortunes. If you are worth several billion dollars you are unlikely to be making the daily decisions for your investments, and your high-priced financial advisors steer your course through the markets and options that make finance such an interesting field. After a certain point, money makes more of itself automatically, and all you need pay attention to is how you spend your gains.

On the other end of the scale, the workers continue to subsist on the leavings of the bosses, whose growing fortunes are derived from the amazing gains in productivity by the workforce who see next to no wage increases for their paid labor. American families now need two incomes just to stay ahead of the mortgage and groceries. While American business has reveled in the largesse of profiteering, the very workers who produce their fortunes are being evicted from their homes, creating a new sub-class of indigent and increasingly angry citizens.  If that isn’t class warfare, I don’t know what is.

It is a known truth that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. That condition is fabled in song and poetry, mostly from the Depression era when it was thought that organizing to demand better treatment and fair wages could change things — an unfortunate delusion that persists despite the evidence that union leaders are no less greedy and corrupt than the bosses.

The current presidential contest boils down to a choice between the rich, perfectly represented by Mitt Romney whose rise from inherited wealth to billionaire came from playing the hedge fund game on Wall street with his daddy’s money, and the poor, meaning the rest of us whose wage slavery is compounded by our ignorance that the class war is already being fought, and we are losing. If the rich win this time they have plans to gut the social contract on all fronts, leaving millions without jobs to beg for work at any price.

Time only will tell whether America’s masses will rise to the occasion and try to reform the system by returning Obama for a second term of trying to give the people an even break, but the first task on the agenda has to be recognizing the war we’re in and fighting back.

“Death to the fascist insects that prey upon the people!”  goes the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) slogan.

“Travus T. Hipp” is a 40-year veteran radio commentator with six stations in California carrying his daily version of the news and opinions. “The Poor Hippy’s Paul Harvey,” Travus is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but unemployable in the Silver State due to his eclectic political views. He can be reached at
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Class Warfare by Travus T. Hipp

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