2 thoughts on “30 years ago today

  1. People know what they do. They even know why they do what they do. But what they don’t know is what they do does. – Michel Foucault

    I remember this day and I thought it out to the end and knew. ut that’s always what you have to do. Think something out to the end.

  2. Data from tax returns show that the top 1 percent of households in the United States received 8.9 percent of all pre-tax income in 1976. Now they have over 20%. Since 1972 the average hourly wage more or less leveled out at $17.88 (far, far above anything I have ever been paid) and had increased less than a dollar by 2009.
    ( http://inequality.org/income-inequality/)

    It may be the golden glow of memory of my young manhood (although I was pretty miserable in those years) but I recall the 1970’s as an era of relative prosperity and hope after Nixon was gone and the war in Vietnam ended. Statistically I think that the last good years for the working class in America were the 1970’s. 1976 was about as good as it ever got in terms of prosperity and fairness. There was a lot still wrong, but we could have done something if we had faced it. Jimmy Carter just could not live up to it. And then Reagan told us that we just needed to deny and pretend our way through it.

    It is very disturbing to me that our current president things that the 1960’s and 70’s were an era of disorder and wasteful out of control government that needed to be transformed by Mr. Reagan. It makes me very upset and angry that he is so ignorant and dismissive of those times.

    Like Michael Moore I see Reagan as the beginning of the crushing of hope, and Obama as the completion of its extinction. This makes me very angry and so sad that I can barely stand it. He literally has no idea what he is doing.

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