Wage workers produce goods and services that create profit that goes to the upper 10%. Tax breaks, dodges and loopholes allow that group to not pay their fair share of the taxes, or they take their profits to foreign banks out of the reach of USA taxes. The infrastructure of our nation needs work, too many teachers, firefighters, police, libraries have been cut back, and USA wages a war that the wealthy do not contribute their fair share toward. Production is taken offshore to cheaper labor costs and lower taxes.
Meanwhile, wage workers are overabundant, forcing wages down. Union have been broken, safety nets have been decimated, children, elderly, disabled, war wounded need care and the wage worker can't dodge taxes. Needs of our citizens go unmet.
Women came into the labor market to make up for lost wages of men, increasing the problems of oversupply of labor.
People, such as right wing political members, Tea Partiers, libertarians blame the failure of unbalanced budgets on the wage earner and the need for more safety net protection.
Borrowing by individuals, businesses, and government puts our budget into a deeper red hole, while printing fiat money exacerbates fiscal problems. Earnings on saving are at the lowest they can be, and individual savings have ceased.
Businesses close, unemployment remains high, debts grow in all sectors, savings don't exist, demand for goods and services are down, opportunities for education for working class decline, while health care costs skyrocket.
Now, tell me, how do we restore the vitality of our nation, even as we work to end exploitation of cheap labor overseas and ensure safe working conditions for all working people?