How are YOU affected by the CRomnibus Bill?
Retirees need not answer.
10 million retirees will be hurt. The 1,600 pages devoted to legalizing pension pillage alone could not have been read by any member of Congress in the short time allotted prior to a vote. Thousands of phone calls, emails, petitions, letters from American citizens to U.S. Senators and Representatives obviously mean nothing. Major media such as CNN, the New York Times, etc. and even lesser sources of significance such as Politico.com don’t even mention the section of the bill which destroys basic legal pension protections established over decades. They don’t mention our attempts and actions to retain our financial and contractual rights.
Major media news coverage in 2014 is corporate media information and propaganda. YOU and your best interests are counted only as data targeted for you as consumers. YOU have been monetized in the name of the “free” market – whatever that means today.
YOU? You are not even a pawn, not a trading chip, not a footnote in an article on a back page of paper or online coverage.
Even nothing gets a nod or a shrug because of its position as a part of memory that cannot quite be brought to mind at the moment. That makes YOU less than nothing.
That means that your earned compensation (pension) as your life savings and your ability to survive with that contracted and legally assured income mean nothing. Cut it. Reduce it. Destroy it with a new law by lawmakers that reverses all previous law on the subject of pensions. You worked for it. You earned it. The new law makes cuts for specious reasons or no actual reasons. Today’s lawmakers threw you under the bus.
YOU are collateral damage – targeted, but considered expendable.
“In order to save the pension fund, we had to destroy the pension fund.”
YOU are less than nothing. You remember when America was more than a group of corporate toadies disguised as legislators. You remember when we had rights that are now referred to as privileges to be denied to you for the whim of the moment or less.
That was then; this is now.
A corporate coup of historic proportions has take place. Now, we must either remain in denial or refuse to be willing victims.
Because I am a human being, I choose to be humane in my treatment of others. I further choose to fight the immense corporate and financial forces and the billionaire plutocrats behind those forces. I refuse to be a willing victim.
Please organize locally to refuse victimization. Now is the time to plan. Please act where and when possible.
YOU are a human being with human rights. Please remain so in spite of this setback.
Refuse to be willing victims.