Has Class War begun?


CNBC reports that over 200 members of the Sheetmetal Workers Union, wearing hard-hats and carrying bull-horns, stormed past security at a meeting of mortgage bankers.

The union workers were protesting 900 million in federal funds given to bankers to create jobs.

“Where are the jobs,” they demanded.


Filed under Jobs

12 responses to “Has Class War begun?

  1. CapnAmerica

    Of course, class war of the rich against the poor has been fought bitterly since Reagan busted the Air Traffic Controllers’ Union.

    But that doesn’t count as class war. That’s just business-as-usual anymore.

  2. indypendent

    With Supreme Court recently anointing the corporations with personhood – class war is just one step closer – IMHO.

    How can the average American even begin to compete with all those millions and billions in the political system?

    And then we have seen the Tea Partiers rant and rave against government health care while at the same time demanding that THEIR Medicare not be touched.

    We have too many people who have this notion that – I’ve got mine, so to hell with you.

    We’re all in this boat together. The sooner we get that through our heads and start dipping out the water in unison – maybe, just maybe, this boat will not sink.

    • CapnAmerica

      Citizen’s United . . . that reminds me, did you see this the other day?

      The U.S. Supreme Court decided in the widely condemned Citizens United case that corporations enjoy the legal status of people—so a Florida woman is seeking the hand of a corporation in legal marriage.

      Sarah “Echo” Steiner of Lake Worth, Florida, will hold a press conference on Saturday, January 22, to announce her search for a suitable corporate spouse, reports the Undernews blog of Sam Smith’s Progressive Review, citing a Facebook press release put out by Steiner.

      Citizens United specifically recognized corporate personhood when it comes to political donations, but a host of observers worry that corporate rights are going to continue to creep into realms previously reserved for humans.

      Steiner tells the Broward-Palm Beach New Times, which savvily points out that “the effort is something of a political stunt,” that she wants to draw attention to the one-year anniversary of Citizens United. She is a Green Party member who’s active in party politics—and of course, she’s single.

      Read more: http://www.utne.com/Politics/Woman-Wants-to-Marry-a-Corporation.aspx#ixzz1BdGD1VXA

    • In a petition to be sent to the department this week, Common Cause will argue that Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas should have recused themselves from the campaign finance decision because of their involvement with Koch Industries, a corporation run by two conservative activists who many say directly benefited from Citizens United.

      “It appears both justices have participated in political strategy sessions, perhaps while the case was pending, with corporate leaders whose political aims were advanced by the decision,” the letter alleges, as quoted at Politico.


  3. prairie pond

    I don’t think it’s just begun.

    I think it’s over, and my class lost.

    One of my readers told me last week she thinks soon, the only people who will have jobs will be those who serve the rich in some way.

    • indypendent

      My husband and I used to watch the old British series – Upstairs, Downstairs – years ago.

      It really was two different worlds – those ‘in service’ and those who ran the show.

  4. indypendent

    What do you mean the GOP has not created jobs – why they are taking credit already for jobs being created by merely winning the 2010 midterm elections.

    Earth to Republicans – the midterms are usually won in favor of the minority party – so this is nothing to write home about.

    Besides – now that you’ve won – those GOP Congree Critters are going to have actually do something instead of stomping their feet and just saying NO.


  5. Zippy

    Class war has been going on a long time in this country. During the 90s, the Tech Revolution produced new economic models and opportunity, and a new breed of instant millionaire, so we had the illusion that what was going on in the background wasn’t all that important.

    But it just got worse.

    But don’t convince yourselves that history is at an end, and you can do nothing about it. You can change history more than you would ever imagine.

    • Hope ‘things’ are getting better out in Arizona, Zippy! We’re all still sending out best thoughts!

      Keep encouraging us that we can make a difference! That our country can survive.

  6. 6176746f6c6c65

    Frankly, the only thing about the graph that is remarkable to me is that the slope of the line towards the right side isn’t more extreme.

    Oh, BTW, the thought experiment (if the intuition is correct, which I think it likely is) demonstrates the main reason any meaningful discussion about inequality will likely not occur. Too many think they will be “like the rich”, when in actuality they aren’t really any different from the bottom (referring to the $100,000/year group).