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  •  Barbara Jorand 1992 (14+ / 0-)

    Here is part of Barbara's keynote speech from 1992.

    The American Dream is slipping away from those persons who have jobs, job which no longer will pay the benefits which will enable them to live and thrive because America seems to be better at building war equipment to sit in warehouses and rot than in building decent housing. It's slipping away. It's slipping away.

    The American Dream is slipping away from those workers who are on indefinite layoffs while their chief executive officers are taking home bonuses which equal more than the worker will ever make in 10 or 20 or 30 years.


    Our strength in this country is rooted in our diversity. Our history bears witness to that fact: E Pluribus Unum -- "from many, one". It was a good idea when it was founded, and it's a good idea today. From many, one. That still identifies us still identifies us. We must frankly acknowledge our complicity in the creation of the unconscionable budget deficits -- acknowledge our complicity and recognize, painful though it may be, that in order to seriously address the budget deficits, we must address the question of entitlements also. That's not easy. That's not easy. But we have to do it; we have to do it; because the idea of justice between generations. That idea mandates that the baby-boomers -- that's our ticket -- the baby-boomers and their progeny are entitled to a secure future. They are.

    However, if we are going to ask those who receive benefits to sacrifice their must be equity in sacrifice. Equity in sacrifice. That idea says that we will sacrifice for growth, but that everybody must join in the sacrifice, not just a few -- everybody. Equity in sacrifice means that all will sacrifice equally...equally...equally. That is, the person who is retired on a fixed income, the day laborer, the corporate executive, the college professor, the Member of Congress -- all must sacrifice for equity.

    So some twenty years ago we all sacrificed.  Then the corporate executives got to roll back their sacrifice. Cuts to capital gains, cuts to income taxes. We kept our sacrifices, they tossed theirs off.

    No here we are in 2012 and we are called on again to make 'shared sacrifices.' We make even more sacrifices. And the rich? They simply give back less than they did last time.

    We step back.
    They step back.

    They step forward.
    We stay put.

    Now we step back again (two steps back).
    They set back a half step.

    We are losing ground with these 'shared sacrifices.'

    It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America. - Molly Ivins

    by se portland on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 09:10:13 AM PST

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