This is now how I reply to all ads I get online from any and all vendors.
If you really want us to buy your products, how about not contributing to the campaigns of budget-slashing politicians who are killing are economy and our jobs. If you're not already, then maybe you can tell your business acquaintances who are.
Too long! The trend of stagnated wages started showing up in U.S. Census about 1975 or '80. I bought my first computer with a statistical analysis program that year and loaded in some data from the Colonial period to the then present. If one looked at standards of living for those very early days, workers, widows, orphaned children, elderly, disabled physically and mentally had terrible living conditions. Things started to improve for working people after the Civil War and then the numbers really jumped during and after the Johnson presidency to higher standards for those who had been disadvantaged ... except the Viet Nam war siphoned off much of the upward mobility until the war ended. The Cold War changed, wages stagnated, the upper 10% began to grow, working class flattened out and continue to this day. Working people and those who were saving for retirement and college for their kids, had to scramble. Sadly, many chose to borrow money, then use credit cards with heavier loads than they could afford. Housing values rose creating a sense of confidence until the bubble burst. Now, with heavy debts, houses worth less than their mortgages, losing jobs, jobs going overseas, the growing numbers of people becoming millionaires and falling numbers of people falling below the middle class line, the whole economy stagnates, even those countries who benefited by business moving there from the U.S.
Austerity program???? Someone has got to be kidding!!!! We are looking at the wrong end of the beast. People who work for wages, who live on pensions, the handicapped physically and mentally, and now the growing numbers of war wounded becoming dependent on the public purse, have worsening conditions while some very selfish, irrational, greedy, human beings call on others to be more austere. I wish I could laugh ... but I know of the suffering people experience now.
Get off your "assterity" rants and start thinking critically!
Thinking about 'capitalism works...in theory anyway', we wouldn't undergo surgery if our surgeon couldn't prove that it would help. Similarly, there is evidence of capitalism's strength in lifting millions upon millions of people out of poverty - along with the immense social costs, such as pollution and inequality, which to me are unacceptable. So my view is we need to rebalance things, not discard them.
Of course there are a lot of college students in the streets, that is what college students do. Remember the anti-Viet Nam marches, or Civil Rights protestors, or L.A. riots, or Kent State murders, we can track the resistance movements through our nation's history ... Young people learn about freedom and justice growing up and at college age they begin to experience loss of freedom and injustice. Protest! Rebel! Oppose! Confront! It is the nature of the animal.
I was part of the 1960s marches, I am too old and tired now to go any farther than my rocking chair.