Posted 5 years ago on March 11, 2012, 2:26 p.m. EST by WatTyler
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"When Ronald Reagan took power in 1981, Americans lived completely different lives. Health care insurance was a given for nearly all working Americans. Downsizing — the concept of mass layoffs in order to boost a CEO’s bonus — hadn’t entered the vocabulary. Neither had outsourcing. Working parents came home from work before sundown and ate dinners with their families. Unions were strong, and the industrialists felt a social responsibility to ensuring their workers’ well-being. This was all reflected in the income differential: in 1979, the average CEO earned 30 times his average employees’ wage. For some reason no one wants to remember this part of the past — because it’s too depressing, and speaks too obviously to the real decline in America.
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.””
And this was published in 2004, BEFORE the most recent financial collapse. And while it is a part of a larger scurrilous satire, it is also entirely accurate and succinct.
32 years down the road we are left with every media talking head and disingenuous politician genuflecting before St. Ronnie and all he did for America. Most Americans are too young to have been adult participants in our country’s way of life before the corporatists began to tighten their hold on power and rewrite history so that there was not only no longer much authentic opposition, but that there was an inverted reality amongst most Americans concerning the true heritage of Ronald Reagan, and not what he did for America, but rather to it.