Middle Class Should Fear US Integration

Posted on Friday, April 08 at 12:51 by Action-Jackson
George W. Bush is now engaged in a new campaign of lies and fear to spread the false notion that Social Security is on the verge of insolvency. It's an effort to raise support for privatization and ultimately the elimination of this crucial and popular social program. And there is talk of yet more tax cuts, this time for corporations. Meanwhile, America's most important export continues to be jobs that pay a living wage.

There is a common thread to all of these outrages. Directly or indirectly they all aim to bring about a wholesale transfer of wealth from the poor and middle classes to the rich. They represent a diversified strategy to further exaggerate the already gaping chasm separating the rich from the poor; the systematic elimination of the middle class; replacement of elected government with corporate rule; and ultimately, the establishment of a neo-feudal society in the technological age.

This is the hallmark of Bush's America. And Bush's America is the county that John Manley and his rich friends want Canada to link itself with even more intimately than we have already done. Do we want this for Canada?

The wealthy have nothing to fear from deeper integration, but as a member of the middle class, I'm not so confident.

For Commentary, I'm Tim Birt in Kingston.

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