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slam into the hotels and international centers in Baghdad, and
as body counts mount, it is difficult to remember that there is
another war stalking America, one no less deadly for its relative
I refer to
the ongoing War Against the Poor.
pledges more billions for the Iraq Adventure, those millions of
Americans in the service sector face tougher and tougher times.
As the government dedicates more of the nation's wealth to the
ongoing external war, the conditions of average, everyday Americans
continues to diminish.
We have heard
politicians talk about the need for a national health care program,
yet few point out (as did a recent study) that some 20-thousand
Americans, men, women, and children, die every year because they
cannot gain access to such care.
For over 40 million Americans, they are an accident away from
ghettoes in the U.S. where people live lives of desperation, wondering
where the next day's meal will come from. In many of these communities,
those people are working poor, whose weekly pay leaves them still
in the tight clutches of poverty.
and social insanity can be seen in the research reported by the
United Auto Workers' SolidNet:
released study from researchers at Harvard University concludes
that 31 cents of every dollar spent on health care in the U.S.
goes for administrative costs. These administrative costs means
Americans pay $752 more per person than Canadians do. David
Himmelstein, co-author of the study, asserts that if the U.S.
had a single-payer plan, the savings would likely pay for health
insurance for the 41 million Americans who have no coverage.
(*UAW Solidarity* mag., Oct. 2003, p. 7)
is logical may not fit the governing ideology.
administration, according to one worker, is determined to roll
back a whole slew of social gains. Ted Kayser, of UAW Local 249,
writes in the *First Local News*: "The Bush Administration
(seeks) to cut food and meat inspections, to cut veterans' benefits,
to allow increased pollution of the environment and to roll back
the gains of the civil rights movement. Now more than ever, it
is up to America's unions to stand up for the working class."
[*UAW Solidarity*, Fall '03, p.7].
is a method to the madness emerging from the White House.
Regime is determined to so destabilize the budget that a wealth
of social programs become insupportable. For, it is a certainty
that the nation's military budget, dedicated to fighting an 'eternal
war against terrorism', will eat the rest of the budget to the
even in bad economic times, someone will make money. In times
of war, defense contracts grow like mushrooms after a spring rain.
What is happening
right now is a deep, thorough-going restructuring of the U.S.
It is economic,
but it is also ideological. This kind of social restructuring
leaves everything to the so-called 'blind hand' of the market,
where everything becomes just another commodity. If you can afford
it, fine; if not, tough.
We are watching
the emergence of a kind of social Malthusianism, where corporations
set the political and economic clock to their benefit, and that
of the shareholders. The rest, be damned.
cannot speak of the economic war against the poor, without recognizing
that the state of the American economy bleeds (literally!) into
the desert of Iraq. Half of the soldiers in the U.S. military
are reservists, and many are suffering very real economic hardships
due to their call-ups. According to Tod Ensign of *Citizen Soldier*,
the losses for a family are drastic, as he explains: "Take
an EMT making $42K driving an ambulance, enough to support a wife
and two or three kids in a working-class suburb of New York City.
They will earn $18K-22K once activated. Setting aside the risk
of war, these people are taking heavy hits, often 30% to 50% cuts
in pay!" [Source: *Dollar & Sense* (May/June '03, p.
13)]. Do you think Halliburton or Lockheed are facing such losses?
are fighting two wars, at the same time!
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