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Re: “kBird to move from food truck to brick-and-mortar location

More Thai in this town is always a good thing.

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Posted by sunfell on 10/10/2014 at 10:43 AM

Re: “State surplus: What to do with it?

Towerdog, our money is not worth as much as it was back in your grandfather's- or my own father's day. My dad managed to do pretty much the same thing as a mechanic in the USAF (with the tiny salaries they paid- he also moonlighted)- with three kids and a stay-at-home wife.

Deregulation started chipping away at the real value of our salaries in the early 80s- when I started working. And our real wages have actually gone down since then. If the salary I make today was retooled in '60s and '70s dollars, I'd be considered upper middle class, instead of dangling on the edge of middle class.

The last 30 years have seen a steady erosion of worker's rights, and salaries, and regulatory changes that favor giant corporations and the top 1% over the rest of us. That 'trickle down' economy has trickled into the pockets of the rich- and we now have the biggest disparity between the rich and the poor since the 1920s- shortly before the collapse that created the Great Depression. Hard rules were put into place back then- rules that created and maintained the middle class- rules that have been removed like blocks from a teetering tower. The result was the collapse, and now near-extinction of the middle class, which is the engine of this country. Sadly, I do not see this getting any better unless we totally clean House (and Senate) of the people who pander to the big corporations at the expense of the rest of us.

Posted by sunfell on 07/10/2011 at 8:59 AM


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