If one lobster is put into a five gallon pail it will crawl out.
Put two lobsters in the same pail and both will remain captive. As soon as one makes a little headway and begins to climb out, the other crawls onto its back and pulls it back down. The lobsterman smiles as he benefits from their lack of organization and inability to work together.
For the past 30 years the very wealthy lobbied to cut their taxes and remove regulations that got in the way of them making money. They have, with great success, also convinced many voters that if left alone to pile up more money for themselves, the wealthiest would create jobs and make life better for everyone.
After 30 years of selling this plan as a “law of economics ordained by God” how is it working out? It’s working just great for the billionaires who are acquiring more and more of the wealth once owned by the middle class.
And the lobsterman just keeps filling more pails.
For the rest of us, reduced tax revenues and deregulation have resulted in a failing banking system, a crumbling infrastructure and a loss of opportunity for our children as our educational and health care systems become more concerned with cost and profit than with delivering quality services. Sadly, we have become a nation that allows money to control everything and worships anyone who grabs obscene amounts no matter what they did to get it.
As for all those jobs, “There’s one waiting for you in China, unless of course you are willing to work for Chinese wages here, then maybe something will open up. Check back next month.”
The plan clearly isn’t working to benefit the majority. Scott Walker would have us believe that the failure lies with the teachers and all of those remaining government employees who just aren’t working hard enough to make pennies do what dollars once did.
Walker is right about one thing. Organized working people are indeed a threat to this program of selfishness and greed, which is why he instituted the first part of his plan to (in his own words) “divide and conquer” the workers of Wisconsin for his billionaire supporters.
A vote for Walker is choosing to keep yourself and your neighbors trapped in the pail.