Over My Dead Body

If the 1% wants the economy opened so badly, let them get out there.

Seems no matter which way you look these days, there’s fear. We’re all afraid of this virus – and with good reason, it’s deadly. And it’s shut down our jobs, drained our savings, exposed us to health crises that we can’t afford.

Then on the other hand there is all this “Chicken Littling” about the economy collapsing…PLEASE! Remember Chicken Little? Thinks the sky is falling so he riles up the whole barnyard and they are all so stupid and frantic they let a fox lead them straight to his den. At the end, all the followers are eaten but Chicken Little survives. He was probably in cahoots with Foxy Loxy from jump street. Think about it.

All these obviously-unbalanced people demanding “liberation” from COVID-19 restrictions – who do you think pays them?

Big surprise. Conservative groups and right wing organizations have been caught funding heavily the recent protests we saw in Texas, Washington, Michigan and our own capital, Harrisburg. Local radical groups received substantial sponsorship from entities funded by (tea party loyalist)

Trump benefactors like the Koch brothers, Adolph Coors and the DeVos family — one of whom is the country’s first Secretary of Education to actively work to defund public education. Three of these states Trumps needs to win and he knows they are democratic elected governors for the exception of Texas which is turning blue quickly.

I keep saying it: these super elite rich people are sociopaths; they do not care about us. Since the 1980’s, they have been buying our government though lobbyists who literally write the laws that our representatives sign in many cases. I am not making this up! It is a well-studied and widely reported fact that 61% of the time a corporation wants special legislation for their own interests, and they get it. And if someone tries to pass a law against their interests, it will fail to pass 100% of the time.

Think about that! Corporations have 100% veto power in our Federal government. So, they can shoot down any laws that go against their interest. This is the norm in government it happens all the time! In our sick, brutal Capitalist oligarchy, a tiny fraction of our population strives at any cost to keep more and more wealth and power to itself. I ask you, why is this? The current administration couldn’t seem to dismantle public programs and environmental protections fast enough. Even in the middle of a pandemic, they obsess about the economy.

Newsflash – “the economy” is just another word for “corporate profits.” The number of billionaires pushing for everyone to go back to work before we’ve got a handle on this virus proves one thing (and one thing only): They do not make their money, we do.  Not just the “job creators” but our entire government! If we are not working, we are not paying taxes. We make all the money, get it!

They think they can buy us off with $1200. Do they even know how much a typical mortgage is? Or a month of car insurance, childcare or groceries? I guess the real question here is why would they? Their lives of excess and entitlement are so far removed from ours. We the people cannot expect the corporate forces controlling our tax money to support us willingly. We the people need to save ourselves.

We need a people’s bailout! Coronavirus has provided us opportunity for a good old-fashioned worker’s strike this May. A stay-at-home sit-in demanding immediate relief for front line workers who are saving people’s lives and sustaining us in quarantine. We need to prioritize healthcare funding for all, no exceptions. We need reliable, accessible testing for everyone.

Instead of paying to keep corporations afloat, we need to expand unemployment insurance for workers, increase food aid programs, extend housing assistance, relieve student debt, subsidize childcare and public transportation bringing this country back from its thievery to prosperity. In addition, we the people need cash! Our $1200 one-off is actually a loan against future taxes which is the money we already paid into the tax system where multi-trillions were misused for corporate welfare. We need a public stimulus like Europe and Canada, that extends multiple payouts over months.

We the people need Democracy! We need to expand voting by mail, and online/automatic voter registration. We need our federal, state and local governments to continue to operate safely and fairly. None of this electoral college bullshit – we need one person, one vote.  We need national campaign finance reform without a two-party system working for the same corporate bosses. We need sweeping anti-corruption legislation that puts the country back in the hands of the 99 percent who keep the system/economy running.

Wake up! A society based on endless profit and consumption will ultimately exhaust its resources, including us, its workforce. We need to have the courage to say NO to risking our lives for their bottom lines. If the sky is falling – so be it. We the people can pick up the pieces and build a better world.

Peace, Love and Power,

— The Doc

Hell No, We Won’t Go
Funny how once the CDC confirmed people of color were being disproportionally affected by coronavirus, suddenly Trumpers are in a rush to open the economy. After you, asshats.

The rest of us need to dig in and stay home until our government meets the World Health Organization’s six conditions for lifting restrictions:

  1. Disease transmission is under control
  2. Health systems are able to test, treat and trace every infection
  3. Hot spot risks are minimized in vulnerable places, such as prisons & nursing homes
  4. Schools, workplaces and other essential places have established preventive measures
  5. The risk of importing new cases can be managed
  6. Communities are fully educated, engaged and empowered to live under a new normal

About Lorenzo Woodson 23 Articles
Dr. Lorenzo Woodson (Ph.D., MHS, CC, LBS) is a licensed behavior analyst specializing in clients on the autism spectrum. He lives in Germantown with his wife of 24 years, and lectures nationally for social causes. Lorenzo is a member of Men Who Care of Germantown. Connect with Lorenzo on Facebook or email him at drwoodson@nwlocalpaper.com.

4 Comments

  1. With the record of public education in urban areas, public education should be underfire. Education is key and public schools are failing. Parents need to have the opportunity of choice for their children. Right now, only parents with the financial means have that choice, if the money follows the child, choice could be the option of all children One of the problems with public education, is that they have strayed from the basics. The teacher unions have become very political, that is not there job. There focus should be on teaching children to read, write, do math, to create, and to think for themselves – not what to think. I was in public education for 26 years as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent and I have become very disappointed in the direction it has moved.

  2. Why does my comment have to be approved, there is no swearing and no violence. However, it express my opinion on public education, which may be contrary to fake news. What happened to the 1st ammendment? Disgusting.

    • Because if you don’t moderate comments, your website will attract “bots” that post links to commercial and sometimes nefarious websites. Not what I would call “disgusting” but certainly not ideal. Thanks for totally not going overboard with your reaction, though.

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