According to Newsweek, 38 million Americans live below the poverty line.
The federal government defines that line as an annual income of $20,000 or less for a family of four. For the first time in our history, more of America's poor live in the suburbs than cities.
In Bedford Heights, Cleveland, Ohio five years ago, a Hunger Network food pantry served 50 families per month. Today, 700 families depend on the pantry for food. Why? Manufacturing jobs shrink with outsourcing, offshoring, insourcing and millions of ILLegal migrants taking jobs from American citizens.
History -- A Great Teacher
Remember feudalism in ancient Europe? Remember how kings sat in their castles while serfs tilled the fields, brought food in payment for taxes, died in wars and lived in miserable poverty? Remember the Broadway production of Camelot with Guinevere listening while the king sang, "What are the common people thinking tonight?"
Remember how 20th century Robber Barons like Rockefeller, Swift, Amour, Carnegie, Gates, Gould, Morgan, Vanderbilt, Kennedy and others manipulated workers while amassing obscene fortunes?
We enjoyed a vibrant Middle-Class by the mid sixties.
In order to thwart corporate strangle-hold on American workers, unions formed to give the common laborer collective power. The AFL—CIO, with such men as Walter Reuther, George Meany and others forced corporations to pay a living wage with decent family benefits.
However, unseen trouble lurked on the horizon.
In 1965, Teddy Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson slipped an immigration bill through Congress that jumped immigration from 175,000 immigrants annually to 1.1 million each year -- a sudden, six-fold increase.
Onslaught of undocumented foreign-nationals
So-called legal immigrants busted unions and lowered wages. By 1986 millions of "ILLegal" poverty stricken peasants from Third World countries crossed over our borders.
They took jobs at half or one-third the wages paid by corporations. For example, meat packers in the 1980s earned $18.00 an hour with benefits. Construction workers earned $22.00 an hour. American cab drivers earned a decent living. Catastrophic changes descended on working America.
The slave-labor workers decimated our lower- middle-class
All of a sudden, companies found a mother lode of workers in ILLegal migrants. They grabbed jobs from American workers at $6.00 an hour, lived 20 to a trailer or apartment and found they could tap into free medical care and schooling for themselves and their children. They drove cars without licenses or insurance. They worked off the books without paying income taxes.
Voila! The new Robber Barons of the 21st century found their new slave class. These new slaves weren't African Negroes shackled in chains while being torn from their country. No! These new workers arrived mostly from Mexico where the average worker earned(s) $3.85 per day. Why? Mexico's Robber Barons perfected their strangle-hold on slave class dominance.
What is the result?
Today, corporations crush America's Middle-Class into our newest poverty class. Our working poor stand in welfare lines. You can't find an American cab driver any more. You've got Muslims who won't take you if you carry something they don't like while African immigrants can't understand English. Swift, Hormel, Tyson, Wal-Mart and hundreds of other large employers engage in illegal hiring practices. They're not alone! McDonald's, Burger King, Chipotle's, Pizza Hut and many other fast food chains employ ILLegal aliens. Construction firms, house painting, drywall contractors and roofers hire ILLegal aliens at a fraction of a livable wage.
Bill Gates leads the new 21st century Robber Barons. (Read the book: Robber Barons by Mathew Josephson) Gates' immense $50 billion fortune allows him to dictate to Congress on how many H1-B and H2-B visas can be offered. Thus far, more than 1,000,000 American high tech workers lost their jobs to insourced foreign workers. Over 3,000,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs vanished into India, Mexico and China.
Who Makes the Goods America Uses ?
Maytag and American Flyer outsourced and offshored their plants to China. Wal-Mart buys 90 percent of its products from China and other countries where they can buy products normally produced at wages of 22 cents-per-hour.
Last year, Ford and General Motors announced 60,000 more jobs pink-slipped. Michigan workers suffered lost manufacturing jobs at 1,000 per week in the past 18 months. Middle-class families suffer job crucifixion while their children languish.
By employing ILLegal migrants, now at more than 20 million in the U.S., 21st century Robber Baron employers cut their expenses in half while they increase their profits for their owners and top CEOs.
Results? Howard and Jane Pettry of Middleburg Heights, Ohio said, "We've worked all our lives and paid taxes. Now we're living off credit cards. It's terrible."
How terrible? The average American credit card holder owes $9,149.00 on his or her card. Most run interest rates at 18.5 percent. Guess who benefits from all that interest?
In the meantime, Congress watches, waits and waffles while doing nothing to stop legal and ILLegal migrants from crossing America's borders at rates of millions and millions annually.
Who is in Charge Here?
Who do you think controls Congress? Not the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and big business in general, right?
Even more stunning, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq cost U.S. taxpayers $689 billion during the last five years.
President Bush rebuilds Iraq, spending hundreds of billions of dollars, while he watches skyrocketing poverty levels degrade our Middle Class. On top of that, every senator now running for the presidency voted for SB 2611 that added even more work visas as well as doubling legal immigration to 2.0 million annually.
Thanks to Providence, that legislation stalled. Most terrifying, the same scoundrels will advance a similar bill aimed right at the guts of the U.S. middle-class.
Throughout this national calamity, American citizens watch as their neighbors lose jobs or see their wages diminished. However, if it doesn't affect them directly, they won't speak a word.
If you think the 21st century Robber Barons plan to stop this massive wage degradation, you better hang on to your britches. Like the wealthy Robber Barons of Mexico, our corporations won't stop the next added 20 million ILLegal migrants -- nor will they stop the insourcing, offshoring and outsourcing of jobs.
Can you imagine what Cheney and Bush sing tonight as they gather around their opulent furnishings, "What are our common citizens thinking tonight...ta, ta, we don't care!"
The Death of the U.S. Middle-Class
In the end, America's Middle Class roared into being from the 30s to the 90s, but fades from existence in the early part of the 21st century. Concurrently, the less educated their children from dumbed-down school systems, the less able they will be to rise up against their masters.
Ironically, our own president and Congress commit this national fraud against our citizens. Worse, Americans don't speak out -- 50 to 60 percent of us don't vote, and the rest can't be bothered as long as it doesn't affect them.
Denial grows as a key piece of the addictions afflicting our national leaders while dragging this country into cultural, linguistic and financial quicksand.
As the next added 100 million people manifest their numbers in American society, with 70 million immigrants (legal and ILLegals), we might view Mexico to see our future. By making $3.85 per day per average wage earner, our society degrades to a high class and a low class – with a giant gap between.
R I P -- Here Lies America's Middle Class – Died a contrived death at the hands of the 21st century Robber Barons -- and its own disinterest. They bowed their heads like sheep in the pasture of their demise.
What YOU can do for a better future for your country:
YOU can make a difference, really!
The United States is a fragile Republic. A republican form of government is not a spectator sport. It means you must jump in, roll up you sleeves and take personal and collective action. Of course, there are other options; you could let a dictator take over and do everything for you, but that path would give you Cuba, China, North Korea and other unsavory examples.
Get smart. To stop this invasion locally and nationally: join www.numbersusa.com for free and you can join www.fairus.org and www.thesocialcontract.com
For readers of this column, I present you with an opportunity: If you appreciate the gravity of what this nation faces by adding 100 million people in 33 years, please write me with ideas and/or producers on television who might interview me. I need phone numbers, emails and addresses of TV/radio and newsprint leaders across the country. I will speak on behalf of all Americans and expose to the general public what this nation faces if we continue on this overpopulation path. Write me at email@example.com with your ideas.
To stop Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid from giving a blanket amnesty to 30 million law-breakers, we MUST take action. Call for a full 10 year moratorium on ALL immigration. We need time to secure our borders (build attractive, tall-humane physical fences, PLUS virtual fences) and to get our house in order. THIS IS URGENT ! During the most recent 12-month period, we were joined by nearly 2 million legal immigrants PLUS more than 3 to as many as 6 million illegal aliens. The "official" numbers are grossly, intentionally understated by the Department of Commerce (Census Bureau)… to fool you.
CALL NANCY PELOSI
Washington, DC - (202) 225-4965
San Francisco, CA - (415) 556-4862
EMAIL NANCY PELOSI firstname.lastname@example.org
EMAIL FORM FOR NANCY PELOSI www.house.gov/pelosi/contact/contact.html
If you are out of her district, you can still make your feelings heard:
Senator Harry Reid
202-224-3121 in Washington DC
775-686-5750 in Reno, NV
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20500
Switchboard for live listener: 202 456 1414
We must 'sour the milk.' Bring out your points in the call:
1. America cannot support another 100 million people added to our country in 34 years, i.e., water crisis, resource depletion, air pollution, gridlock, loss of quality of life, etc.
2. America cannot support lawbreakers being given citizenship.
3. America must maintain our English language as primary, period.
4. America wants only legal immigrants who play by the rules, and speak English.
5. America's working poor deserve a chance at jobs taken by illegals.
6. America already has too many people. I support a 10 year moratorium on all immigration.
7. Americans must maintain our high-quality public schools for our children.
8. We can no longer tolerate 350,000 or more expensive birthright citizens (anchor babies) annually, that subtract from our own citizens.
9. Voluntary repatriation is a great thing; Attrition through enforcement by stopping their ability to wire money home, obtain rental housing and jobs will encourage early departure.
10. An amnesty failed in 1986 (gave more than 3 million carte Blanc citizenship), and it will only be worse today (as proposed, SB-2611 will give citizenship to 30 million). We're being displaced out of our jobs and out of our own country.
Call your elected leaders with relentless and never-give-up passion.
To stop illegal aliens in your community, you may follow the course of action taken by Mayor Louis Barletta of Hazelton, PA. He offers a bomb-proof ordinance that takes business licenses away from those who hire illegals. He legally halts landlords from renting to illegals. Without work and without housing, illegals cannot stay in your community. Check out his web site for instructions: SmallTownDefenders.com
Visit D.A. King at the www.thedustininmansociety.org to see how Georgia created the most effective laws to stop illegals at the state level.
Please check out William Gheen at www.alipac.us. He's a mover and shaker. He will direct you to specific actions that make you more powerful and impactful.
Frosty Wooldridge presents a 45 minute program to colleges, high schools, civic clubs, church groups and political clubs across America titled: "COMING POPULATION CRISIS IN AMERICA: WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT." Go to his website for further information on booking the program. www.frostywooldridge.com
Check out www.populationmedia.org for an exciting method for creating overpopulation awareness in Third World countries. Their prime directive works with the media in order to educate and activate leaders and women worldwide.
Whether we like it or not, global warming is upon us. We can take action to correct it. Please join www.stopglobalwarming.org for up to the minute information and action items.
Awareness Campaign web site, www.mcs-global.org, which is purely to help save and protect human health and environmental health globally. Diana Buckland is founder and global coordinator at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Diana makes impact all over the world by alerting everyone about chemical sensitivities caused by poisons sprayed, injected and applied to our crops and elsewhere.
From Part 5 of this series, "Destroying our oceans", if you would like to become involved please refer to www.savetheoceans.org for a first rate lesson on how to take action in order to cleanse our oceans, restock our fish population, move toward recycling and cleanup of our world's most important living resource. Watch shows on PBS that expose where we threw two million tires into the waters off the East Coast and all the damage those tires are doing to marine life. You'll find out what you can do to have them raised from the deep. Additionally, check out www.greenpeace.org for actions at the national and international levels.
You're invited: I am writing in request to invite you to participate at our March for America National Rally. March for America National Rally will be held June 14th, 15th and 16th 2007, over Flag Day weekend. Key location will be at our Nations capital in Washington D.C., as well as State Capitals nationwide. This event is part of a truly grassroots nationwide movement of the American people known as Let Freedom Ring America. Sincerely, Melissa Gardner, March for America co chair 916-339-3167 email@example.com
You can also learn from and assist like-minded folks;
Check out www.alipac.us 1-866-329 3999;
Frosty's published books include:
"HANDBOOK FOR TOURING BICYCLISTS";
"STRIKE THREE! TAKE YOUR BASE" ;
"IMMIGRATION'S UNARMED INVASION: DEADLY CONSEQUENCES" ;
"MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURE TO ALASKA:
INTO THE WIND— A TEEN NOVEL" ;
"BICYCLING AROUND THE WORLD: TIRE TRACKS FOR YOUR IMAGINATION";
"AN EXTREME ENCOUNTER: ANTARCTICA".
His next book: "TILTING THE STATUE OF LIBERTY INTO A SWAMP".
Frosty lives in Denver, Colorado.