Friday, April 13, 2012

Labor is Not the Enemy

Labor is not the enemy. They are the customers.

Why do us wage slaves give our hard earned money to people who use it against us. And, yes, we are wage slaves for anyone who drags their tired body up every day to earn wages. The GOP will tell you the U.S. is the land of opportunity; and that is true to a certain extent. Not everyone is born equal or from the same circumstance, and no one makes wealth on their own because they need employees to help them get there and we turn around and buy what they are selling. So, in this capitalist system we are wage slaves. If we don’t do this we will not eat or have shelter or be able to send our kids to school—you know, like take care of your family.

Why do we give away our hard earned cash to corporations like Wendys, McDonalds, Mars Inc. (candy), Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods, Intuit (website creator) and the Gates Foundation (Microsoft), who were all long-time members of the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC. The organization behind the attack on workers’ rights, the voter identification laws, the Stand Your Ground laws and so on—legislations against the wage slaves. The list of corporations abandoning ALEC will continue to expand as activists exposes the members, but just because corporations have left ALEC’s memberships, that doesn’t mean we can let up on them. We have to ask ourselves, “What will they find to replace ALEC with to protect their corporate interests? Super Pacs?”

These corporations take our money and turn it against our workers. Ask yourself, who is most likely to use these corporations listed? Us, the working people. The activists are currently pressuring Johnson&Joshnson and State Farm to leave ALEC. Again, these are corporations that we rely on yet they have no problem taking our money and using it against us, attacking our workers’ rights, good pay, health insurance, pensions and even ways to keep us from voting. Now they are buying laws that attack the rights of one-half of our families: women. Remember the days of the 1950s and ‘60s when men used to say, “don’t f*&% with my job, my family or my country”? These corporations have done all three, and they need to be stopped. The men aren’t doing or saying anything about it. What the hell happened? Are the men that afraid to stand with their women? Women weren’t afraid to stand and die with their husbands when fighting for union rights all those years ago.

We now know where our money that we wage slaves spend is being used for. After the corporations pay the CEO their multi-million-dollar wages and bonuses and the stockholders their share, what’s left is spent on ways to attack our families, which are the 99%. Now that there is a light being shown on ALEC, a lot of corporations are pulling away from the Koch brothers’ ALEC and their scheme to destroy America as we know it. I fear the money that used to be paid to ALEC will go to the Super Pacs to oust our president from office in the upcoming election and try to win, if not steal, the Senate and House. If this happens we will then be slaves without money to spend. The corporations will win. Or will they? If the majority of people do not have money to buy their products and other countries are in the same situation as we are, who will the corporations sell their products to? That would be the end of the capitalist system for the GOP and corporations will have eaten their seed corn.

So, not only will they have destroyed their own corporations, but also the wage slaves’ families and our country. Why? And for what? Was it just hate-greed-power or just stupid policies? To save our system we need people like Henry Ford, who understood that labor was not the enemy. They were the customers who would buy his product if they could afford it. This is why, when he finally signed a labor contract with the auto workers giving them a good wage, he said, “I want them to make enough money to buy my Fords.”

The battle between labor and corporations should be about the “money pie” and it cannot be one sided. If it is one-sided, we lose the corporations or we lose the buying power of the common customer. It must work for both parties. Keep out the greed, don’t eat the seed corn.