BEEL CLEENTON SAY: 'CONOMY GOOD
Talking back to my television set, when I see news, for example,
that this country is nearing a state of armed revolt, I keep
saying to them: "Oh, but Beel Cleenton say, 'conomy good."
Is the increasing dissatisfaction in this country somehow related
to the fact that the gap between haves and have nots has steadily
increased for the last 25 or so years? As James W. Loewen writes
in his devastating attack on current American History textbooks
(*Lies My Teacher Told Me*):
Stressing how middle-class we all are is particularly
problematic today, because the proportion of households
earning between 75 percent and 125 percent of the median
income has fallen steadily since 1967. The Reagan-Bush
administrations accelerated this shrinkage of the middle
class, and most families who left its ranks fell rather
But Beel Cleenton say, 'conomy good.
Coincident with the decline in the American middle class has been
the "liberation" of women, who now get to trudge off to work
along with their husbands. This dire necessity has been
disguised as a "great leap forward."
The 'conomy is so good that the past decade has seen college
graduates waiting tables and driving cabs. The lucky ones get to
"intern" -- work at sub-standard wages -- for the corporados.
The deal these semi-slaves get is like indentured servitude;
someday they can join the insecure world of corporate employment.
Those who still nod their heads in agreement with the official
line on the marvels of monopoly capitalism, the puffed up suits
and ties you see on television, are well paid to nod their heads
in agreement. How long before people stop being impressed by
suits and ties, silken tongues, and Harvard diplomas?
A local radio show, News From Neptune, points this out: When
they tell you that the economy is good, ask them -- *whose*
economy is good? Yes, the economy of rich people is doing fine.
But that is not most of us.
Studs Terkel, in his book *Hard Times*, conducted interviews of
persons who had lived through the Great Depression. One thing
that emerges is that those who were unemployed at that time often
blamed themselves for their situation. They did not see the
larger context they were living through. So too, underemployed
Americans are counseled to "polish their resume," "dress for
success," and "network," as if their declining standard of living
is entirely *their* fault.
Are you having doubts about how great the economy is? Do you
think you are having to work ever-longer and harder to stay
afloat? Just turn on the television and see Harvard boys and
Yale boys telling you it isn't happening, that the economy is
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