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I live in Central Wisconsin. Last week, within two days of each other, two of our larger employers in the area announced they each would be closing in 90 days - one is one of the paper mills that I work with. I am safe for now, but with the loss of 500 employees, I fear that I will be “downsized” also.
I am barely getting by and living paycheck to paycheck. I work for a bully who can now hold over our heads the threat of being downsized. I refuse to kiss ass like my coworkers … I prefer to tell the emperor she has no clothes.
I am disillusioned by politics - the people we elece don’t care about the people who elected them. They only care about toeing the party line. I’m convinced that the “political” solution is to allow the middle class to die away - that way it won’t matter if they don’t care about their constituents.. . there won’t be any. We have elected people who can’t agree on how to say “good morning” and we’re “allowing” them to run the country??
On behalf of my friends at my current employer and at my previous employer (both of the companies that are closing):
Despite the best efforts it still feels like we have no voice. Tell me … how do we find hope in times like these?
We are the 99%