I’ve been thinking about working class heroes lately. People who fight for the impoverished and downtrodden, and also for those slightly better off — the bricks in the wall, the cogs in the machine, the cubicle-dwellers and customer-greeters.
Both exist in great numbers in a society like ours. Both suffer greatly.
The downtrodden are the castaways, the constantly hungry, who fill our streets and yearn for release and relief:
The cogs are used for their work …
… eaten by their masters …
… then cast off themselves when age makes them useless:
A Working Class Hero stands for all these — the cogs, the cast-off, the castaway old. A One-Percent Hero stands for the boots on their neck.
■ This is a Working Class Hero (careful, contains the F-word):
■ And this is a One-Percent Hero. A man who says this in 2008 (careful, contains the P-word) …
… and does this a few years later …
President Obama will release a budget next week that proposes significant cuts to Medicare and Social Security and fewer tax hikes than in the past
Music for a benefit-cutting Sunday.
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