The foundation on which society rests has been permanently altered. The question is this: What Have Poor People Done To Deserve Such Hatred?
The State House of Michigan has passed House Bill #4409 to separate welfare families from cash assistance if they have reached their lifetime cap of 48 months, retroactively. In the worst job market, the worst housing market, the worst spike in violence in decades, and the worst spike up in suicides as well, is this the time to kick poor people off? They will no longer be able to pay for rent, mortgages, lights, gas and water.
Yesterday, yet another dagger was pushed into the frail bodies of these low income families, also supported by a gang of demonic public officials. As these families are identified as no longer eligible for cash, their Social Security numbers will be sent to the State Police so they can cross-checked with existing open warrants.
If a family member has an outstanding warrant for jaywalking, child support, a moving traffic violation that has not been addressed, they can expect to found and arrested and held until that court matter is settled. That person’s component of the family Food Stamps will be removed and will not be retroactively restored when and if the court case is settled.
As the foundation of society is crumbling, workers must work harder to understand these new dynamics that will forever more control our lives. There is no middle class — the middle of what? There is one working class, some earn this much while others earn that much and some earn no money at all, but we are all still one class.
Technology that used to enhance labor now replaces it. Think about the U.S. Post Office, self-checkout counters at grocery stores, ATM cards that replaced our visits with tellers inside banks, etc. Think of the new “zip rental car” that has streamlined the process of renting cars without agents to manage that task. Enterprise, Avis, Hertz, Dollar employees and the rest will soon feel the sting of mass layoffs as soon as these mega-agencies perfect this procedure and install this newest technology in place of human beings.
People-workers have to envision what kind of new world we want to see, who it should care for, how it should care for us, and make certain that we put steps in place to “make it so.” The needs of the many must always outweigh the needs of the few!
The June 30th, 2012, March To Washington will underscore that theme: One Class, One Cause! We are organizing across the country for this mega-event that will be the beginning of eliminating poverty. You only have 298 days left to get involved. Do something today!! http://www.end-poverty.org/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call: (313) 964-0618.
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