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  •  There is something employees can do--- (4+ / 0-)

    form a union.  The only way to fight big business is in numbers, hence the need for and the birth of unions.  They are the necessary ying to the yang of corporate power.  

    American businesses have been steadily squeezing their employees for over a decade.  More responsibilities, folks doing 2 jobs for the price of one because someone was laid off and not replaced, years without any meaningful raises, and increasingly bad health insurance plans.  Even as the economy begins to struggle back, you see that employers have come to like this "lean" thing, and have no incentive to change it.  More money in their pockets.

    So yes, the private sector has absolutely become increasingly envious of union workers since their own benefits have lessened and disappeared. We're headed back to the original labor fight for a very tough do over---as if the progress made evaporated.  

    Same is true with women's health rights. Yes, the republicans are taking their country back alright, back to re-fight and re-legislate the progress we've made.

    To me, this is far from an "exceptional" country.  Exceptional countries and smart people go forward, not backwards.

    •  Envy is a human frailty (1+ / 0-)
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      that is exploited by the right-wing to perfection.  Of course, they have decades, and perhaps centuries of practice.

      I don't understand the concept of not begrudging the filthy rich their lucre, but being upset that someone at your income level has better benefits than yourself.

      It's a sad thing that, instead of fighting for one's own benefits, or organizing to achieve that end, the easiest solution to same-class envy is to take down unions and make sure that they have nothing exceptional, leaving all of the middle class with less and less.

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