Wake up, moderates
Families of the largest, most prosperous middle class in history needed only one 40-hour per week wage-earner to own their homes, put two kids through college and have new cars, full health benefits and generous pensions.
Our 1944 GI bill trained 6 million hit-the-ground-running professionals. We built the intercontinental highways and enacted Medicare, all with 91 percent corporate taxes (investing in America!) and 35 percent union membership, resulting in trillions of dollars of commerce, an estimated 1 million new companies and at least 100 million jobs over the years.
Then, President Ronald Reagan slashed corporate taxes and laws protecting local banks from Wall Street banksters/gamblers. How do you like Reaganomics now? Corporate profits soar while workers crash.
What monstrous human wreckage awaits as we keep electing conservatives? So, “moderates,” if Democracy is to survive, your great majority must engage and go beyond the mainstream media, flying the flag and mouthing “God Bless America.”
You’ve been force-fed “button-pushing” sound bites, mindless “info-tainment” and the corporate-spawned tea party. Better come to. You’re the last ones that can save our country. China won’t buy our bonds much longer. Then what?
Bring power home
History will blame the California legislators for legally stopping the democratic process at the fault of the people. The people are put at fault to protect the establishment. The deed was perpetrated at the ballot box by cleaver legislation and no oversight.
That’s the bad news. The good news is the people can demand that the legislators put this issue on the ballot. Do the people want local government in partnership with the state or do they prefer a state government dominant over them? Consider the fact that the state has 1,700 judges under thumb and the county has none.
Most of the problems in our society today are caused by lack of local power and independence. The fact is government people don’t listen to the will of the people. Our government officials listen to the whims of the state, and that is how they keep their jobs. This is not going to change until the people stand up, like they did for the Laguna Lake restoration project.
San Luis Obispo
Health care’s sad state
I find it very sad that the Coastal Communities Physician Network spent health care dollars on a full page ad in The Tribune on Sept. 12. Sad that it cost $1,355 and that they felt compelled to write such an advertisement.
It is a sorry state of affairs in health care locally.
San Luis Obispo
An immigration story
I appreciate the two editorials on Sept. 10 that spoke to the issues surrounding immigration, legal and otherwise.
We are a country of laws, and we hope they will be respected.
So what is one to think when our own federal immigration services ignore the law with overzealous and heavy-handed actions?
This last spring, Immigration and Customs Enforcement came to the small San Joaquin Valley farm where I grew up. Manuel, for years one of the top workers, has a green card that has been renewed several times.
Nonetheless, Immigration and Customs Enforcement picked up Manuel and sent him to a huge detention center in Texas.
Had folks on the ranch not contacted an immigration attorney in San Francisco, he might still be there.
As it was, Immigration and Customs Enforcement bought him a bus ticket and sent him back to California. No apology. No explanation.
I’m sure there are undocumented farm workers in the Valley. I’m sure Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not do its due diligence.
So what is one to think? I, for one, am scared by our government’s actions. But I know Manuel. And our country is supposed to be better than this.
San Luis Obispo