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Hopes and Resolutions by Richard IRITANO

Posted on Monday, February 14th, 2011 at 4:42 pm

My hopes, unlike optimism which is a cognitive stance, are for ethical leadership, full disclosure and integrity, character and principle to be restored between the corruption and disparity that corporations, government and media have perpetuated. A combination that pits hardworking, sacrificing American middle class citizens against one another who are jockeying for employment of all stations (blue/white collar, public service, union contract labor and private sector), that continue to eliminate and outsource millions of jobs over the past 40 years. A devolution of society that continues to galvanize the “three class” system by imposing beggary, obscurity, quiet desperation and hopelessness. More than 600,000 union jobs disappeared from the private sector in the US last year. A staggering number that continues to grow, as union membership and job security vanish faster than the rank-and-file who worked in jobs that were considered stable and income producing. At the present rate of disappearing jobs for the middle class, the volumes of job seekers looking for work will exceed the number of jobs available to its workforce. My hopes are for a government body that behaves like public servants who lead by example and sacrifice — not privilege, splendor and unjust enrichment. And a government that doesn’t ingnore freedom, democracy, the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights. Right now, we have in place of democracy a tribrid government: dictatorship, totalitarianism and government-sanctioned caste system. That must be banished forthwith. Could we be far away from a paralyzing government shutdown, as recently actioned in Egypt? My answer is a resounding NO.

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