Open Letter to Members of the U.S. Congress

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Filosofa's Word

Dear Members of Congress …

Once again, I am compelled on behalf of the citizens of this nation to ask you to please do the jobs you swore to do when you took that oath of office and swore to uphold the U.S. Constitution.  I urge you to recall, if you will, that Donald Trump is not your employer … We The People are, in fact, your employers.  As such, we are very concerned when we hear Trump threaten to interfere with the business of the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and most importantly, the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s influence into our election process in 2016.

Never before in the history of this nation has there been such corruption as we have seen these past 19 months, not even during the Watergate scandal, which pales in comparison to Trumpgate.  If Donald Trump is allowed…

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Job numbers do not tell the whole story of middle class hardships

There are some who state that the increasing jobs and low numbers of unemployment are sign of prosperity; however studies show that the middle class have hardship in one or sectors. Paying of medical bills is one sector that is a huge hardship. When the wages is stagnant or so tiny of any increase, the prosperity is no to be had for the middle class or the poor.  Another sector is housing.

Per The Center Economic and  Policy Research, de-unionization by labor management is standard practice. In 1980 there was a 20 percent union rate. It fell to 7 percent.

Another cited reason is the corporate control and plunder by executives and CEO’s. CEO pay for Fortune 500 companies now averages almost 300 times the pay of an average production worker. http://cepr.net/publications/briefings/testimony/economic-hardship-middle-class. This article cites 4 main reasons why the middle class have rising economic hardship.

It is time for the middle class to recognize that unions are not the enemy. The corporations do not like unions because the wages are higher with unions. The benefits can stay steady with a union even when the wages are stagnant. If and when the middle class can recognize that the unions are on their side, then we can progress or at the least retain some rights and benefits. The rise of wages were due to the unions in many industries. If you do not believe that, then, you are not seeing what happened. Poor performance should not be protected by unions. Companies want to control all parts of the contract and that is the crux of the problem. A fair contract is a meeting of the minds.

 

 

Really, libraries don’t need reinventing, thanks

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The Nocturnal Librarian

Two stories have made their way to me from around the internet lately. A few weeks ago it seemed everywhere I looked people were sharing the story of a small, “DIY” library in Brooklyn at a work sharing space. LitHub’s Phillip Pantuso speaks with a number of people, including Heather Topcik, director of the library at Bard, who gush that this is a revolution in serendipity where people can actually browse bookshelves. She actually says, “I think there’s some nostalgia there, because people don’t use libraries, unless you’re a student.” Maybe she should drive a couple of hours south and visit some of the NYPL branches Jim Dwyer visited for his piece in the New York Times a few years ago.

Pantuso goes on to say, “Digital classification has abetted the evolution of the library. In the past, a librarian would be tasked with deciding whether to shelve a book…

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This blog is about my ideas to elect more qualified middle class

Thanks for joining me!

I believe that the way to affect change in our system is to cease electing mostly rich people to represent us. Rich people do not represent the middle class very well. The result in the USA is a high deficit and many poor decisions. The middle class has the numbers to affect change if we use our numbers to vote for people like us.

There is an expansive amount of non-fiction literature and writing by economists stating that power is intertwined with wealth. For the majority populace to have a democracy, then they should be represented in proportion to their numbers. In the USA congress, the people who hold office are 80% to 89% rich. It is time for the middle class to vote in more middle class and to step in to be candidates for office. It is even true, that the local offices, such as city council are represented by richer people.

According to Lipton, more than 50% of congress members are millionaires, as of about 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/10/us/politics/more-than-half-the-members-of-congress-are-millionaires-analysis-finds.html.

I believe that that the democrats and the republicans are money and partisan oriented, and that a new movement is needed. Of course, the supreme court decision of 2010 (Citizens United vs. Federal Election commission) that allowed and allows a huge amount of money to be contributed to politicians by corporations and organizations — has made things worse. The middle class and poor individuals are being left out in the “cold” by big business and the wealthy.

I am seeking people to join me and to help start a new political party. A new party starts in a state and must have many people sign the application.

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