It's unbelievable. As I watch the protest going on in the Middle East in an attempt to end communication and the iron fist that rules, America takes a step backwards. People are risking bodily harm, mayhem and even death as they fight for their freedom and democracy, healthcare, a decent wage, freedom to travel, even education. All these things we Americans seem to take for granted. Look around. Corporate greed has removed or flat out ripped-off employees' hope of retirement, healthcare isn't what it used to be (if you can even afford it at all), decent wages and 40-hour weeks are becoming a thing of the past. The government has even placed a wage increase freeze on government emplyee for he next two years and it is talking about extending it for five years.
Retirement packages and healthcare are on the chopping block. These are exactly what the people in the Middle East are fighting for. If we continue down this path, our grandchildren will be in the streets, protesing for their rights and benefits.
A 40-hour work week, overtime, weekends, retirement, healthcare, holidays and a safe working environment and decent wages are all becoming a ting of the past.
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