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"The Bi Partisan War Vs. Poor Folks "

  rec 4-8-05 

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THE BIPARTISAN WAR AGAINST POOR FOLKS
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[Col. Writ. 4/8/05] Copyright 2005 Mumia Abu-Jamal

   With the 2004 elections in the can, and people conditioned to accept the results as a kind of 'act of heaven', the other shoe has fallen.

   With amazing quickness, sound and fury, the poor and working people of the country were rewarded for their exercise of democracy by the promotion and passing of the recent bankruptcy bill -- an Act of Congress that makes it far more difficult for poor folks to declare bankruptcy, and became but the latest windfall for big business.

   The Senate version of the bill, called the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer
Protection Act, proved, once again, that you can't tell a bill by its name.

   In the bill, banks and credit card companies get all the 'protection'; for debtors and consumers, they get more and more debts, that can no longer be written off.

   Before these amendments, Chapter 7 was used by those who were least able to pay their creditors, to wipe away excessive debts, and get a fresh start.  Chapter 13 was used to set up repayment plans, but at a substantially reduced rate.

   The new amendments have reset the bar for Chapter 7, making it very difficult if not
virtually impossible for most folks to qualify for debt relief.  Those folks who were once
able to make Chapter 7 will now be relegated to Chapter 13, a court-supervised repayment plan that can last for years!

   Under the new law, people would be forced to attend credit counseling classes (that they
would have to pay for!), there will also be higher bankruptcy fees because more court time means more lawyers.

   Nor should we labor under the illusion that 'liberals' in the Democratic Party stood on the
side of the working poor: 18 Senate Democrats joined in a bipartisan boon to business by voting for the bill.

   In an age when manufacturing jobs are disappearing by the millions,  and the remaining
jobs are in the lower-paying service economy, the burden for people to scrape by can only
increase.

   Add to this the White House aim to 'reform' Social Security, and the outlines begin to
become clear.

   This is what 'bipartisanship' really looks like -- a naked betrayal of the average, working
person, and service for those who can afford them.

   The bank and credit card companies (which are often, one and the same) paid for their
corporate politicians back during the last congressional elections.

   This is their big payoff.

   You get what you pay for.

   While the media went bonkers on the tragic Terri Shiavo case, the Senate made it harder
and harder for people to pay for and discharge debts from extraordinary medical expenses,
if their family faced the same situation!


   With rising costs rushing into the nation's economy daily, and falling wages, the burdens
of millions of Americans to make their way in life can only deepen and worsen.

   How can Congress claim to care about one woman, when they clearly don't give a damn
about millions?

   As they voted to amend and tighten the bankruptcy laws, they rejected a bill that would
have set a ceiling on credit card interest rates of 30%!

   Was that a 'consumer protection' measure?

   When both major political parties are corporate parties, it is the corporations that always wins, and the average, working, or poor person that always loses.

   That is our grim reality.  And it will not change, until men and women, white, Black, Hispanic, Indian, join together, and work together.

Copyright 2005 Mumia Abu-Jamal

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