Pamela Powers Hannley, a progressive voice for Arizona
Don’t forget, Ed Schultz’s One Nation Working Together March is this Saturday, October 2, in Washington, DC.
The Nation recently posted a great background piece– For Jobs, Justice, and Education. In a nutshell, the article talks about the plight of working families in America, tone-deaf Republican and Blue Dog Democrats who are fighting for the rich (instead of working for workers), and the rationale behind the march.
Here is a small excerpt.
“…we should be investing in rebuilding America, thereby helping to close the jobs gap, which will then help close the budget gap.
“Instead, as we careen toward a possible double-dip recession and a second round of devastating home foreclosures, the extreme right-wing media machine is desperately trying to discredit the idea that America’s government can and should move aggressively to create more jobs…
“Nothing they say should persuade our leaders to throw America’s working families under the bus. We are in the middle of the biggest economic crisis in half a century. Through its negligence and recklessness, Wall Street has already forced a brutal austerity program on Main Street. The role of America’s government is to mitigate its effects and reverse the damage, not to make things worse by heaping suffering on top of suffering. This is not the time to abandon schools, shut down clinics, ignore crumbling infrastructure and forego job creation. This is not the time to take more away from families and communities that are already losing so much. We don’t need a public austerity program on top of the private sector–imposed austerity that we are already enduring.
“But some members of Congress apparently think they should focus on closing the federal budget gap, even if it means letting millions more American families tumble. They are mistaken. America’s workers find themselves in a deep hole. You don’t cut your way out of a hole. You grow your way out of a hole. We can afford to invest more in America’s long-term success. We are the wealthiest nation in the world. We should not be giving billions of dollars to companies like Halliburton abroad, while closing hospitals at home.
“…the American people finally will be able to choose between two movements: one that wants to demagogue problems and divide us, and another that wants to promote solutions and unite America.“