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Letter from America June 10, 2004
 
Burying Iraq under Reagan's Corpse
By Mark Ames Browse author Email
 
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Reagan came to office and told the plutocrats to take everything that they wanted. I mean everything. Today, CEOs make 571 times their average employees' wage. Today's male white collar workers in America only earn, in real dollars, six cents per hour more today than they earned in 1973. Health care is increasingly hard to come by, no job is ever safe, Americans work far longer hours and suffer from stress-related illnesses once unheard of. As an Economic Policy Institute report noted, "What income growth there was over the 1979-1989 period was driven primarily by more work at lower wages." What happened to Russia in the 90s was really started by Reagan's attack on Americans in the 80s. When Reagan fired the striking air traffic controllers in 1981, he told America he was literally willing to kill us all if we didn't give in to his plan to transfer the wealth out of the pockets of the middle- and lower-middle classes and into the plutocrats' offshore accounts. It was so shocking that it worked. The air controller's union broke -- and so did a whole way of life. Thanks to Ronald Reagan, we are all miserable wage slaves...or exiles.
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