Get corporations, super wealthy off our backs

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The Paycheck Fairness Act died in the Senate very recently when the 52 senators, all Democrats, fell short of the 60 needed for cloture. Message to women: You are second-class citizens, get over it!

Women make only 77 cents for every dollar men make.

However, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, your representative in Congress, loudly denied this on Meet the Press. Elsewhere, she lauded Mitt Romney for standing for gender equality in pay, but had to be red -faced when people pointed out she voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Act.

Corporate America, the super wealthy and their political minions are on a take-over binge. The Supreme Court's Citizen United decision allows them for the first time to gobble up all the air time during elections. They are deadset against giving a break to youths in regard to student loans.

They would happily gut Social Security and Medicare. They break unions and lobby against minimum wages to ensure that wages stay depressed. If the minimum wage had kept pace with inflation since 1968 it would now be $10 an hour everywhere.

Many of the wealthiest Americans don't do anything productive for the common good. They are mere diddlers for dollars, like Romney and Bain Capital. Driving companies into bankruptcy and firing thousands of people is much different than making cars or trying to cure cancer.

If you are a retiree, young, a student or an ex-student with loans, a woman, a worker for wages, or are a parent who is pretty sure your son or daughter isn't going to be a hedge fund manager, CEO of GE, or a rock star (they will be part of the 99 percent), you have to realize you are on your knees trying to get up and the corporations and super wealthy have their hands pressing down on your head. In the not too distant future, you will be lying face down on the ground with their feet on your back and neck, making getting up that much harder.

To show a degree of even-handedness, I also urge you to write the president and ask him to back off on indefinite detention, to finally put some Wall Street bankers in jail, and to quit caving in. I'm angry but I'm still going to vote for him. To do otherwise would be to speed up the complete takeover by the 1 percent.

Norm Osterman
Walla Walla

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