Several of our readers have asked me to expound on the motivation for all of the vicious attacks on public employees. Some wanted to know who really is behind the attacks. While the attacks surely do smell like the work of the infamous Karl Rove, I suspect they come from a group of highly-paid consultants who are under the control of Rove, the Koch brothers, and other right-wing billionaires. The slash-and-burn approach being used, which is vintage Rove, is really a veiled attack on the middle class. I am convinced those in that group of Americans are the real targets of the attacks. The damage to the middle class, resulting from the direct attacks on public employees and teachers, making them out to be the “bad guys” in society, will come after the elections are over. That’s because an uninformed middle-class will tend to vote against their own economic interest. That results in those being elected owing their allegiance to the powerful corporate special interests. The attacks drive the uninformed to the voting ranks of the super rich in Corporate America and therein lies the problem.
We have already seen some effects of the continuing attacks. The all-out assault on public sector workers last year, which has carried over into 2012, resulted in the passage of highly oppressive legislation in a number of states. The targets were federal and state employees, teachers, policemen, firefighters, sanitation workers, park rangers, air traffic controllers, judicial system employees and just about everybody else holding public service jobs. The messages from the “corporate hucksters” were “fire them” – “break up their unions” – cut their pay“ – “slash their pensions“ – and ” increase their work loads.”
The overall theme of the attacks was to lump all public employees into one category and scorn them at every opportunity. If you look back over the past 18 months, you will find those to be the tactics utilized by the Rove–Koch brothers team on a consistent and recurring basis. While the attacks got results in several state legislative bodies, I believe the tactics may backfire in the long run. History tells us that folks can only be fooled for so long, and when they finally figure out that voting against their own interests simply doesn’t make sense, they will refuse to vote for candidates like Gov. Romney, Newt Gringrich and other Tea Party candidates.
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