DEAR EDITOR:

The nation’s policy makers should be ashamed of themselves. They have been lobbied by major corporations to take advantage of the middle-class worker in every respect. Do you remember when colleges were nonprofit? Today, their presidents earn outrageous salaries while students are hammered with hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt to get a basic academic degree! Do you remember when hospitals and insurance companies where nonprofit? Today, their CEOs enjoy million-dollar salaries with the pass through is born by the less fortunate among us. How about the fact that 20 years ago 30% of our middle-class workers were represented by unions and today only 7% are represented by unions?

Now, take a 10,000-foot view wherein major corporations lobbied the policy makers to do away with unions or make it harder for unions to organize a given workforce only to do away with pensions, and health care benefits for their workers. If that was not enough, how about the corporations still wanting more to satisfy their unquenched greed and moved their functions off shore to capture cheap labor costs while leaving the American worker flat without a job, without a purpose, without union representation as the policy makers pounded their chests with glee for reducing the financial health of the middle class workers and quietly standing by as accomplices while Trump goes to court to decimate Obamacare without a replacement which sets America apart from its allies with these draconian measures.

These same policy makers want the world to believe that America is the leader and should be followed by all those who strive for worker freedom, justice and equitable treatment. What hogwash!

European countries are paying to preserve jobs during the coronavirus crisis. Sadly, for American workers, the US is doing something different by the policy makers. Recently 3.5 million filed for unemployment compensation which is a record. The policy makers assert that this public policy should be celebrated instead of harming the middle-class worker with unspeakable consequences. The New York Times points out that while Trump had failed to prepare for the pandemic, policy makers could have chosen to prioritize employment by paying companies to keep workers on the job during the period of lockdown. For example, Denmark pays employers 90 percent of their workers salaries as does the United Kingdom.

Joel Lanken

Marietta

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