Posted tagged ‘Middle Class’

“Bryan-College Station for Bernie Sanders”

August 31, 2015

The “Bryan-College Station for Bernie Sanders” Facebook page is one of thousands of social media sites that have been started over theBernie Kick-Off2 recent months to promote Senator Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for the Presidency of the United States.

The page consists of posts of articles that pertain to Bernie, his campaign, and his positions on issues that all of America is concerned about, There are also posts about Bernie supporters in the Bryan-College Station-Texas A&M University communities in Texas and their grassroots activities to bring about the political change in America that Bernie Sanders is so passionately advocating.

Please visit and “like” the “Bryan-College Station for Bernie Sanders” Facebook page.

DebsSpeak: On Propertied Interests

June 6, 2014

“(Our American institutions) have been seized by the capitalist class as a means of rooting out the idea of freedom from among the people. Our state and national legislatures have become the mere agencies of great propertied interests.”

(Socialist Party Presidential Platform, 1904. Eugene V. Debs and Benjamin Hanford, President and Vice President candidates, respectively.)

 

DebsSpeak: What Labor Needs

April 3, 2014

Eugene V. Debs speaks about what the laboring class needs.

“Never was there a greater demand for intelligent, thorough, and progressive action on the part of the laboring class than now.”

(Eugene V. Debs, “We Must Gain Possession of the Tools of Trade”, June 16, 1902)

DebsSpeak: Government By Class

March 18, 2014

Eugene V. Debs speaks on class run government.

“We have government by class today and the class governing is not the working class.”

(Eugene V. Debs, “We Must Gain Possession of the Tools of Trade”, June 16, 1902)

The Urgency Of The “Now”

September 23, 2013

On Wednesday of this past week (the 18th), I read an article in our local newspaper, The Eagle, entitled “The Poverty stuck at 15 percent; record 46.5 million poor.”

The article addressed poverty in America, in general, but it also presented a lot of information about poverty in Texas, the state in which my family and I live.

The article reported that:

  1. 25% of Texans do not have health care insurance compared to the national average of 15.4%
  2. Texas ranks 8th in the nation in poverty, with 17.2% living in poverty ($18,500 a year for a family of three)
  3. Texas has made no progress in reducing the number of medically uninsured people or the number of people living in poverty, which includes a third of Texas children.

Poverty is a horrible economic condition for a person to live in. At the individual level, it can be the result of personal choices or laziness. But, it can also be the result of policies and laws that are made at the government-corporation level that are designed to benefit Big Money. Those decisions and laws have a true “trickle down” effect and poverty and hardship is the result for millions of Americans. In this case, poverty is a systemic issue.

We could feel overwhelmed and defeated by the poverty situation in Texas and the nation as well as by the overall economic condition of our country today. I say that with grave concern for the systemic causes of the economic and life hardships that many people and families have to contend with every day. But, rather than throw our hands up and “accept things the way they are,” let us resolve to make a difference in the ways things are.  Let us know that today – “now” – is the time to begin bringing positive change to America and the State of Texas that results in better lives and living for people.

Marshall Ganz, a social movement activist, labor organizer, and teacher, told Bill Myers in a recent interview,

” … we face the fierce urgency of a now that requires action ….”

So, let us take action and begin to educate, agitate or motivate, and organize people for the making of positive systemic changes in our country.

Begin by sharing the above statistics, and other information you may have about the economy and laws that affect the poor, middle, and monied classes with people. Ask them how they and those they know and love have been affected by the Recession and its ill effects – jobs cuts, austerity programs, and attacks on unions and working people. Are they content with the way that things are – incomes soaring for the already rich, profits raging for corporations, the middle class disappearing and the poverty class swelling, austerity programs that eliminate the safety nets that provide security for the poor, infirmed, and elderly, and so much more?  Ask people if they are registered to vote and encourage them to vote.

And lastly, remind them that if they are upset and angry about poverty in Texas and America and the plutocratic assault on America, we can do something about it. After all, there are more of us than there are of them.

“Now” is the time.

Corporate Profits-Taxation Correlation

March 6, 2013

Interested in the issue of corporate profits and corporate taxes? Check out this graph that shows the seeming correlation between the rise in corporate profits and the decline in taxes on corporations. Let the numbers speak.

Corporate Low Taxes

Save Texas Schools

February 26, 2011

The Texas education system – public schools as well as institutions of higher learning – is in a crisis. The state’s budget deficit is so great that this year’s legislature is considering cutting the state’s education budget by $4.8 billion. In fact, the Texas Education Agency has already begun laying off personnel.

Local public school districts are cutting their budgets. Austin Independent School District has already laid-off 1,000 employess and Dallas ISD may lay-off as many as 4,000 people. One district that I am very familiar with is planning to cut its budget by $2.5 million to $5 million starting this school year

The effects of such measures are disasterous. Budget cuts mean fewer personnel to take care of the business of educating our children, increased unemployment numbers, larger classroom sizes, greater teacher-student ratios, greater teaching challenges, fewer programs and extra-curricular activities, and the closing of facilities. The list could go on, but the point is that the current economic crisis that our nation and states are in the midst of is having a disasterous effect on our children, their education, and their families.

But, if there is a positive note about all of this, it is that people are responding in growing numbers to the decisions and actions that state legislatures are taking to reduce public services like education and healthcare programs. People are rallying, gathering, and protesting against such actions when state legislatures could take other steps to address state budget spend-and-cut measures.

One such action is a “Save Texas Schools” rally that is going to take place in Austin, Texas on Saturday, March 12.

Save Texas Schools will hold a rally and march at the State Capitol on March 12, 2011. We are expecting thousands of parents, teachers, students, community members, business owners, and faith organizations to attend. And we need YOU there with us!

The proposed legislative cuts to public education funding are unacceptable. Texas – we deserve better. If you agree, stand with us at the capitol on March 12 to say YES to a strong public education system that supports our children, our communities and our future.”

Join thousands of other Texans who will gather at the Texas State capitol on March 12 to let our voices be heard when we say, Save Texas Schools!