Opinion Feature-Labor Beat Rick Kepler

I agree with former president Jimmy Carter that we live under a plutocracy, “rule by the rich.” Since the Supreme Court declared campaign contributions free speech under Citizens United, the political contributions by the rich to politicians have exploded. As a result, the rich get whatever they want from our Congress, while we can’t even get a second stimulus package to help the 30 million who are at risk of eviction, or the 62 million citizens who have lost their jobs and their health care since the pandemic began.

While we workers face job losses, wage cuts, loss of health care, evictions, hunger among our children, and the threat of death from this raging pandemic, the rich have never seen better days. During this pandemic, 650 of our country’s wealthiest Americans have seen their wealth increase by $871 billion.

Since the 2009 Great Recession, the top 1% have received 95% of all income gains. Another way to look at that astounding figure is to imagine a huge pizza. The top 1% said we will take 95 pieces of this pizza, leaving just five pieces for the other 99% of Americans.

In this election, the rich are happy with either candidate. With Biden they can rest assured their wealth will continue as it did under he and Obama. With Trump, they will be extremely happy as he gave them a huge tax cut, stripped regulations that protected our food, air, and water, and waged a war against working people and their Unions, stacking the Labor Dept., OSHA, and the National Labor Relations Board with anti-worker, Wall Street loving puppets. They also love Trump because he believes in their divide and conquer strategy, turning Americans against each other based on race, sex, religion, and geography (blue state vs. red state, suburbs vs. cities).

There will come a time when we true Americans will put a stop to this destructive system that benefits the rich only. We did it in 1776, defeating our British overlords,  we did it in 1865, defeating the slavocracy, we did it in the 1930s when we demanded that our government address the people’s needs, and we’ll do it again. Why?  Because we are Americans and it’s in our DNA to not let our children and their children live under the rule of the rich. Grab the pitchforks, sisters and brothers. In Solidarity.


  1. children of the corn on October 20, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    Libtards are now sending threatening letters to their neighbors in Barberton. Threatening to burn their homes down if Trump does not concede the election. Nazi style tactics! FBI should be involved but I won’t hold my breath. The fact that any of you still call yourselves democrat sickens me. The media has molested so many feeble minds its astounding….

  2. Tracey on October 19, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    We need common-sense fiscal policies and protection of our pension funds and social security.
    President Trump is on a mission to destroy our economy and he is doing a great job of it so far.

  3. Liberalismkills on October 17, 2020 at 7:21 am

    Wow, where do we start?

    First, the top 1% owned 38.5% of the wealth in the country. They also pay 37.5% of all income tax collected. The bottom 50% of the people in our country pay NONE. But they enjoy the benefits of what the rest of us work for and pay for.

    Second, you had the same opportunity to start Amazon, Tesla Motors, Apple, and Microsoft as their founders did. They are obviously smarter than you and I. They EARNED what they have. You want to be rich? You have the opportunity to be rich in America. You don’t want them to be rich? Don’t buy an IPhone, a PC, a Tesla car, or buy anything on Amazon.

    To write the things you did in this article make you sound like an under achiever who does not have ambition to go make your own wealth, but wants to take someone else’s. That’s the definition of Liberalism, and why it kills.

    It’s time for you to pick yourself up off your self pity chair and make something out of yourself.

  4. FREE THINKERS ARE DANGEROUS on October 16, 2020 at 3:10 am

    Let me provide some numbers David. 13.2% west African American FACT! 16.7% Latino or Hispanic of which most are caucasion FACT! 5.6% Asian American FACT! The pipe dream of the black supremacist. 🤣 You wanna know who I think is Americas largest minority?? PEOPLE WITH BRAINS!! FACT!

  5. Toddy C. on October 16, 2020 at 1:38 am

    EXACTLY!! Like 13% = 52% of the crime. You may or may not like it but FACTS are FACTS….

  6. David Pinegar on October 15, 2020 at 1:00 am

    My figures are from the US Census.
    In 2011, there were more non white children born in the US than white children. FACT!
    It will be that way forever. FACT!
    In 2016, more non white children started school than white children. FACT!
    In 2029, more non whites will become eligible voters than whites. FACT!
    You may like it, you may not.Thats strictly up to you, but FACTS are FACTS. Deal with it!

  7. FREE THINKERS ARE DANGEROUS on October 14, 2020 at 10:59 am

    You’re a leftist trying to disguise yourself as an Independent. Your hatred for TRUMP has ruined you. The divisiveness is all coming from the left. BLM,ANTIFA AND LEFTIST POLITICIANS. I recall Obama saying America is going to become a lot browner. That’s not racist and divisive? The mental gymnastics you folks perform are not keeping you in good shape. Good thing for you is only four more years of whining then maybe you wont have to be such a miserable SOB. Who knows? Good luck!! 👍🏻🇺🇸 TRUMP 2020! 🇺🇸

  8. Slow Joe on October 14, 2020 at 10:44 am

    BIDEN FOR TRUMP 2020!! 👍🏻

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