Wednesday, December 14, 2011

"What does it mean when someone can see the self-discipline of the millionaire but not the double - and triple - shifts of the working poor?

road sign of Sisyphus pushing a boulder up a hill
I know they work. I’m a witness.

They catch the early bus.
They work every day.

They raise other people’s children.
They work every day.

They clean streets.
They work every day.

They drive vans with cabs.
They work every day.

They change the beds you slept in these hotels last night and can’t get a union contract. They work every day. No more.

They’re not lazy. Someone must defend them because it’s right, and they cannot speak for themselves.

They work in hospitals. I know they do. They wipe the bodies of those who are sick with fever and pain. They empty their bedpans. They clean out their commode.

No job is beneath them, and yet when they get sick, they cannot lie in the bed they made up every day.

America, that is not right. We are a better nation than that."

via Peter Dorman at econospeak.

Discipline, Hard Work and Obscene Wealth


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