Nurses Offer to Buy Obama Walking Shoes
Back when Barack Obama was campaigning for President, he stated that "If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I'm in the White House, I'll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself" and join them. In solidarity with nurses fighting for their collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin and other states, National Nurses United just offered to buy the president those shoes.
And they wouldn't even have to be white, sensible nurse shoes -- just so they help him stand firmly and show leadership. NNU Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro says he can do this "by standing and walking with the workers, and working to repair the budget deficit with a just re-balancing of the responsibility of the corporate elite and the rich."
DeMoro says that while President Obama this week criticized the attack on workers, he has been "largely a bystander" in supporting working families who are under assault in Wisconsin and other states. He has "yet to address the heart of the problem with a clear statement of who is responsible for this crisis, the corporate class and the right," DeMoro said.
She believes that working people did not cause the recession or unbalanced budgets, and that public pensions did not spark a meltdown on Wall Street, nor was it the workers who exploited tax loopholes or off-shored their bank accounts, depleting public treasuries. And she's got the research to back those statements up:
- Individuals now account for nearly five times the federal tax receipts as do corporations.
- Taxes on individuals produce about four times the revenues for states that corporations do. In Wisconsin, the ratio is about five to one.
- Corporate taxes as a percent of the GDP are at historical lows.
- Corporate profits per employee are the highest on record. At $1.6 trillion, third quarter corporate profits were the highest ever recorded.
- The top 1% of the population had 17.1% of total wealth after tax income in 2009, the highest figure for at least 30 years.
- A one-time 14% surcharge on the super-rich would more than pay for the $1.6 trillion budget deficit projection for 2011.
- Workers' wages have been stagnant or falling for at least 30 years.
Those numbers were compiled by NNU's research arm, the Institute for Health and Socio-Economic Policy.
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