Democrats Should Follow The Advice of Hank Aaron

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Dave Leshtz was inducted, along with David and Marian Coleman and Mel Stahmer, into the Johnson County Democrats Hall of Fame on July 9. These are excerpts from his acceptance speech. You can watch the full video of all of the 2021 Hall of Famers’ speeches here or scroll down.

I want to talk for a minute about another Hall of Famer, one by the name of Hank Aaron. Aaron’s career began in the Negro American League when baseball was still segregated. It peaked 23 years later when he broke the beloved Babe Ruth’s lifetime home run record, despite racism, intense pressure, and death threats that required constant security.

After entering the Baseball Hall of Fame, Aaron was asked to explain his success. He said, “My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.” I think the great activists in the Johnson County Democrats Hall of Fame would agree with Aaron’s motto.

• The Jo Co Board of Supervisors, afraid of transparency, didn’t want their meetings televised. We kept swinging.

When the Chair of the Central Committee wouldn’t allow us to carry the Democratic Party banner in the first Pride parades, we kept swinging.

When county officials used to be housed in the old courthouse, and an elected official said, regarding a county election, “there will never be an n-word in the courthouse,” we kept swinging.

When everyone thought state legislators had the votes to reinstate the death penalty in Iowa, we kept swinging.

When County Supervisors said satellite voting stations and extra staff for absentee ballots were too expensive, we kept swinging.

When state legislators refused to add sexual orientation to the Iowa civil rights code, we kept swinging.

In all of these battles, we kept swinging–and we won.Many Johnson County Democrats have stepped to the plate and kept swinging over the years. This is my chance to publicly thank a few of those who inspired me to keep swinging too.

The person I’ve been friends with the longest in Johnson Co. is Orville Townsend. We met at the old Quadrangle dorm, and he’s been my mentor ever since. I always walk away from a conversation with Orville with new insights and perspectives. And Mrs. Townsend too!

Tom Slockett was Johnson County Auditor for an astonishing 36 years. No single person was more responsible for initiating and pushing for early voting and satellite polling stations, long before they became so popular in Johnson Co. and the state of Iowa. Tom’s the guy who first introduced me to county politics.

Dick Myers, more than anyone, taught me about politics at all levels of government. Slockett and Riley Grimes and I spent many a Sunday morning literally sitting at Dick’s feet out at the Hawk-I Truck Stop, learning from the master.

Former Co. Supervisor Carol Thompson was my boss at Johnson County Social Services for eight years when it was out on North Governor St. Carol taught me that there are a lot of rules, but rules are just a starting point.” You have to know them, so you can know how to bend them, to help someone in need.

It was Jeff Cox who, as Chair of the County Central Committee, lured me into representing the Fighting 18th Precinct. I did that for 23 years, usually with my Precinct 18 partner in crime, Sarah Swisher. Jeff also got me involved in my first presidential caucus, working for Alan Cranston. And we co-edited the Prairie Progressive for 35 years.

Working for Jesse Jackson in the 1988 caucus was my most exhilarating campaign experience. I have John Norris to thank for including me in many meetings and rides with the Reverend. I firmly believe that campaign plowed the ground that made Barack Obama possible twenty years later.

Another exhilarating caucus experience was the Howard Dean campaign in 2004. Jeani Murray hired me, and we shared many ups and downs in a roller-coaster year. One of the downs was when I was driving Gov. Dean and Jeani to an event in Des Moines. AP reporter Mike Glover was also in the car. I took a wrong turn, and before we knew it, we wound up almost in Nebraska. Glover never let me forget it.

I spent the last 14 years working with Dave Loebsack and Rob Sueppel. A better pair of colleagues and bosses I could never hope to find. I’m proud to have been part of a team that kept a congressional seat in Democratic hands for 14 years!

I’ll finish with a few words of advice, based on what I’ve learned from so many of you.

Be kind to each other.

Try not to hold grudges.

Don’t be afraid to bend the rules once in a while.

If you find yourself heading for Nebraska, turn around and shake it off.

And above all, keep swinging!

From the August 2021 issue of  The Prairie Progressive, Iowa’s oldest progressive newsletter. The PP is  funded entirely by reader subscription,  available only in hard copy for $12/yr.  Send check to PP, Box 1945, Iowa City 52244. Click here for archived issues.

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Glenn Hurst Announces For U.S. Senate

DR. GLENN HURST ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR THE U.S. SENATE

MINDEN, Iowa, July 29, 2021—Today Dr. Glenn Hurst of Minden announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. Hurst, a physician and health administrator in Pottawattamie County, cites the impact of healthcare on his community as a driving force behind his run. 

“I went back to school and became a doctor because I saw a need in the rural communities I love and call home,” said Hurst. “I’ve had a front-row seat to the tricks insurance companies use to avoid paying for care, drowning providers in paperwork when we should be with our patients. I’m running for the U.S. Senate because Iowans deserve better. We deserve Medicare for All.” 

Glenn Hurst, M.D.

Hurst provides care and oversees clinics in his hometown of Minden, Iowa and the surrounding Pottawattamie County area. He is a leader in the Iowa Democratic Party as Chair of the Rural Caucus, a Mindin City Councilman and Chair of the Third Congressional District Central Committee where he worked tirelessly on the successful re-election of Congresswoman Cindy Axne.

A founding member of the Indivisible movement in Iowa and Nebraska, Hurst has actively organized in rural Iowa to advocate for Medicare for All, to fight for a living wage for all Iowans and to support labor unions by rallying against collective bargaining limitations. 

Born on a U.S. military base, Hurst moved with his family until they settled in the rural Midwest. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Nebraska Omaha and graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center as a Medical Doctor in 2006. Hurst is committed to fighting for Medicare for All, reinvesting in rural communities, and solving today’s problem with the jobs of tomorrow.

For more information go to https://hurstforiowa.com/

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Video: Johnson County Democrats Hall Of Fame Awards

Great inspirational speeches by warriors for Democracy.

00:00:00 Welcome 00:08:07 Volunteer of the Year – Tony Andrys 00:18:07 National Anthem – 10 yr old Ella Huff 00:21:02 Activists of the Year – Iowa City Eastside Democrats 00:24:55 Hall of Fame Award – Mel Stahmer 00:41:23 Hall of Fame Award – David & Marian Coleman 01:05:00 Hall of Fame Award – David Leshtz 01:29:14 Sponsors 01:32:42 Past Hall of Fame Recipients 01:35:53 JCDems Photo Slideshow
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Sunday Funday: Lughnasadh Edition

As we slowly move out of summer and into the fall the air gets crisper and less humid and cooler weather sneaks in here and there. The pagans divided the year into eight pieces rather than the four seasons that we are used to. Therefore each part of the wheel of the year is about 45 days or so – nothing exact. 

August first is about the beginning of Lughnasadh – kind of the pre-Autumn. There are no exact dates. As one who is not a fan of summer I am always happy to see Lughnasadh pop up every year. Celebrate if you wish. The real purpose of Lughnasadh is early harvest especially for things like grains.

So somewhat along those lines, here is Neil DeGrasse Tyson discussing religion and science. A very entertaining (the guy is funny) 10 minutes:

A) A surprising study by the CDC released Friday showed that in an outbreak in Massachusetts nearly what percentage of those who got the Covid virus had been vaccinated?

B) How much did the IHP’s little adventure on the Mexico-Texas border (ordered by Governor Reynolds) cost Iowa taxpayers? (Who did you think was paying for it?)

C) What congressman admitted to wearing body armor when he gave a fire brand speech on January 6th, thus undermining his claim that he knew nothing of potential risks on the day?

D) In a totally surprising announcement in college football, Texas and Oklahoma both announced they were seeking to leave the Big-12 conference to join what other conference?

E) Big breakup in the right wing news world. What major advertiser on Fox News announced he was “pausing” his advertising there?

F) Simone Biles withdrew from Olympic competition after she suffered a case of the what during a difficult routine?

G) Unless I missed a very late announcement, what national moratorium expired at midnight which may cause real problems for renters nationwide?

H) On Friday the DOJ said that the Treasury Department “must furnish” whose tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee?

I) In welcome news for Iowa Democrats who announced her candidacy for Iowa’s first district congressional seat?

J) August 1, 1944 the last entry into a diary that would become a perennial world wide best seller is penned by whom?

K) Iowa basketball star Luka Garza was drafted by what NBA team in the second round Thursday night?

L) Who criminally referred Dr. Anthony Fauci to the DOJ for allegedly lying to Congress about funding gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology?

M) The senate passed a resolution to open debate on what supposed bipartisan bill Wednesday?

N) The field in Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium has been named for what former great Iowa football player and civil rights leader?

O) In a tense questioning between MOCs (members of congress) Jaime Rankin and Andy Clyde, Clyde defended his assessment that the people at the capital January 6th were what?

P) Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called what opposition party member a “moron” for opposing the mask mandate imposed on the House by their attending physician?

Q) What long running PBS children’s animated TV show is slated to end next year, bringing to a close a 25 year run?

R) As if China hadn’t had enough flooding rains in interior provinces, Typhoon In-fa slammed into what major Chinese coastal city Monday?

S) What symbol was etched into a wall at the State Department causing SoS Anthony Blinken to go ballistic?

T) The justice Department seized a cuneiform tablet bearing a portion of “The Epic of Gilgamesh” from the owners of what chain store?

It’s telling, this morning, how many white Americans think Simone Biles is their personal property instead of an actual human being. – Jim Wright

Answers:

A) 75%

B) $300,000 – I doubt we will get a thank you

C) Mo Brooks of Alabama

D) the SEC

E) “Pillow guy” Mike Lindell who has been dissatisfied with Fox’s support of his conspiracy theories. He is Tucker Carlson’s main advertiser.

F) the “Twisties” (could be very dangerous for a gymnast)

G) the eviction moratorium for renters

H) Trump’s

I) State Senator Liz Mathis

J) Anne Frank (pardon me while I shed a tear)

K) Detroit Pistons. Fellow Hawkeye Joe Weiskamp was selected by San Antonio. Good luck fellows.

L) Kentucky senator Rand Paul

M) The infrastructure bill

N) Duke Slater – Slater already has a dormitory named in his honor on Iowa’s campus

O) Tourists.  Seriously

P) Minority leader Kevin McCarthy.

Q) Arthur

R) Shang-Hai

S) a swastika. 

T) Hobby Lobby

January 6 was an inside job. – Jeff Tiedrich

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We Could Use Some FDR These Days

Some days it would be nice to see some FDR channeled. His times were not that much different than today. But he was often more head on in his approach. Here is an FDR speech at the 1936 Democratic convention where FDR takes on the economic royalists (3.5 minutes): 

Name an issue of great importance today and research where it came from. At the bottom we almost always find what FDR called “the economic royalists.” As in his day, today’s wealthy will do almost anything to maintain power. See January 6th for instance.

Climate change has to be in everybody’s top three issues. For most it is issue #1 simply because our life raft in the universe, the earth. When we trace the origins of climate change back we hit a major upswing with the beginning of the Industrial Age. Few realized what was going on then as factories and productivity were the driving forces of those days.

However, as we move into the post WWII age, science comes to the fore. The potential heating of the planet became an area of study. Among those studying planet heating were oil companies. They were among the first to realize their product was central to what would become known as climate change. 

This should have created a crisis of conscience. Should they blow the horn on themselves or should they muddy the waters and divert attention from themselves while continuing to sell a product that would make things worse. Oil companies chose to muddy the waters while making large piles of cash. When confronted with evidence of their part in climate change, their answer was more of the same plus ‘buying’ some politicians to buffer the outcries against them.

Race issues have defined America from day one. When the first settlers came to America, the first slaves were not far behind. It was hardly a revelation that using free labor can make a few people very rich. It also became very apparent that using race as a friction point could keep the lower classes at each others throats for ever. Thus diverted, wages and recompense were kept low while upper classes reaped huge profits from keeping wages low.

We may finally be seeing some cracks in the low wage cycle. However considering how the ‘economic royalists’ have been able to keep workers at each other’s throats for centuries, I suspect this is only a temporary setback.

Today the final example will be health care for all in this country. Many people are surprised to find that national health care for this country was first proposed by Theodore Roosevelt over a hundred years ago. Germany had universal health care in 1883.   

So here we are in the early 21st century standing alone as the only country in the industrialized world that does not have universal health care for its citizens. We also pay a hefty premium for that with our costs often well over twice as much as other countries. Why?

This Hartmann recently had this as the subject of his daily rant. Here is an excerpt of his take on the situation:

In my new book The Hidden History of American Healthcare: Why Sickness Bankrupts You and Makes Others Insanely Rich, I lay out how the average American is paying around $3000 a year more for healthcare and health insurance than Canadians, Europeans, Japanese and South Koreans.

That money is lining of the pockets of the literally thousands of health industry executives who each “earn” over a million dollars a year (some “earning” tens or hundreds of millions a year). We pay 18-20 percent of our GDP for healthcare and healthcare insurance.

By comparison, Taiwan’s singly-payer healthcare system in its entirety, including doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, all care facilities, all billing and payment operations — everything — costs that country just a bit over 6 percent of GDP.  In most developed countries it’s 6 to 14 percent.

Insurance premiums make up 24 percent of gross US payroll, while a Canadian-style nonprofit Medicare-For-All system would cost between 10 and 14 percent depending on how it was implemented.

And every effort Democrats make to deal with the problem — including their most recent “infrastructure” bill that would cut drug prices and expand Medicaid to those 12 states that have refused to do so themselves — faces 100% rigid opposition from bought-and-paid-for elected Republicans.

We are at a time when it feels like great change can be accomplished. Changing the power of the wealthy in this country should go a long way toward restoring our democracy to what it should be. Repealing the awful Citizen’s United SCOTUS decision would be a great start.

And maybe somehow resurrecting the ghost of FDR would help.

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“Executive Branch Was Complicit In The Planning”

At 2:25 interviewer Geoff Bennet asks Retired General Honore if the Executive Branch was complicit? Konore’s answer is blunt. The whole video is well worth watching. 7 minutes:

This is pretty much in line with what Americans watched on January 6th. Like many I sat transfixed as the scenes unfolded on the various cable channels that day. A violent attack on the US capital and no reinforcements to help out. 

It seems like this week has seen what now passes for the Republican Party and their cronies in the right wing media doing all they can to divert the talking points away from any hearings or mentions of January 6th. Eric Garland on Twitter put the diversion this way:

The GOP is not upset about masks. They are upset that they’re caught for treason.

The GOP is not upset about infrastructure. They are upset that they’re caught for treason.

The GOP is not upset about Olympic athletes. They are upset that they’re caught for treason.

The GOP will be throwing out the following issues to distract from the hearings on their plan to murder elected officials and overthrow democracy:

Roe v Wade, guns, evolution, birth control pills, race, religion…

…anything to keep from discussing their treason.

The GOP decided to sell America’s democracy out. There is a pile of corpses already around that decision, and there would have been many more.

The GOP doesn’t want to discuss treason.

And yet, it’s all that matters.

Until every traitor is held to account.

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They’re also bringing back their top seller: immigration ‘crisis’

Notice that last comment about bringing back ‘immigration crisis.’ Will Kim Reynolds please step forward and accept our admiration for blaming the covid spike on

“migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border for some of the nation’s Covid-19 spike, saying “none of them are vaccinated and they’re getting dispersed throughout the country.”

Part of that big machine aren’t you, Kim? Where do you get your orders from? Divert, divert, divert.

Just plain disgusting.

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Doing The Right Thing

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds with Mike Pence and Randy Feenstra at a Forest City, Iowa restaurant on June 16, 2020. Photo Credit: Provenance unknown.

Governor Kim Reynolds has neither the bandwidth nor expertise to manage the coronavirus pandemic. I didn’t vote for her, yet that is cold comfort. As COVID-19 cases increase in Iowa, and in all 50 states, her latest statement is evidence of her mismanagement. Here it is verbatim.

Reynolds Statement on New COVID-19 Guidance from the Biden Administration

DES MOINES (July 27, 2021) – Governor Reynolds released the following statement following the Biden Administration issuing new COVID-19 guidance: 

“The Biden Administration’s new COVID-19 guidance telling fully vaccinated Iowans to now wear masks is not only counterproductive to our vaccination efforts, but also not grounded in reality or common sense. I’m concerned that this guidance will be used as a vehicle to mandate masks in states and schools across the country, something I do not support.  

“The vaccine remains our strongest tool to combat COVID-19, which is why we are going to continue to encourage everyone to get the vaccine.

“I am proud that we recently put new laws in place that will protect Iowans against unnecessary government mandates in our schools and local governments. As I have throughout this pandemic, I trust Iowans to do the right thing.” 

Governor’s website, July 27, 2021

The kernel of truth is the third paragraph about the COVID-19 vaccines being our strongest tool to combat the virus. The rest is political bluster.

Iowa is a state where on Wednesday, less than half the population had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This statistic is from the Washington Post as the governor has decreased the visibility of state coronavirus statistics by reducing reporting frequency to once per week. Her decision to hide daily data begs for transparency.

The vaccine is widely available and free, so the distribution system created by the Biden administration is not the problem. The governor needs to act more aggressively in her encouragement of vaccination of the remaining half of Iowans. I propose she become a more public advocate of getting vaccinated. Her behavior has been to drop a press conference or written statement and remain otherwise silent.

Much has been made of the Iowa Board of Health missing a meeting because the governor has not appointed enough members for a quorum. While appointing a full board would be nice, helpful even, lack of a board of health is not the main issue. There is plenty of competent guidance about what the state should do. If the guidance doesn’t fit the governor’s framing, she’s not listening.

She closes by saying. “I trust Iowans to do the right thing.” It is a purposefully vague and meaningless statement subject to interpretation. This phrasing has become a political talking point. The way I interpret it is to listen to the Biden administration, do my best to comply with the new CDC guidance, and work hard to elect a new governor in 2022. Especially that last part.

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Democrat Dave Muhlbauer Kicks Off 99-County Tour

Dave Muhlbauer Photo Credit: Muhlbauer for Iowa

US Senate Candidate Dave Muhlbauer Announces First Leg of 99-County Tour

MANILLA, Iowa — Democrat Dave Muhlbauer today announced that he’ll kick-off of his first 99 county tour of Iowa this Friday, July 30th. Muhlbauer is a fifth-generation family farmer, former Vice Chairman of the Crawford County Board of Supervisors, Regional President of the Iowa Association of Counties, lifelong Iowan, and old school farming, labor Democrat.

“Our campaign is about the people of Iowa, the farmers, nurses, teachers, firefighters, meat packers, and blue-collar workers who put food on our tables, care for us and keep us safe. These are the folks who have been left behind by career politicians and big dollar, special interest, DC donors,” said Dave Muhlbauer. “This is a true grassroots
campaign–we’re funded by people, not corporations.

We launched our campaign in May, and above all else, the thing I’ve heard the most, is that people are sick and tired of the status quo. So we’re taking our message to folks in every corner of Iowa, folks who are feeling the pinch of a suffering rural economy, school consolidation and decreased funding, loss of family farms and our failed healthcare system. We’re up against candidates funded by the very corporations who are responsible for sucking the life out of rural communities across the state. We need elected leaders who will represent the people, not their corporate donors – that’s why I’m running.”

FIRST STOP
TIME: Noon
DATE: July 30, 2021
LOCATION: Queen Beans, 522 N Clark St, Carroll, IA 51401

Muhlbauer will be kicking off his statewide tour in Carroll County — moving on to Webster, Story, Jasper, Lee and Polk Counties.

For more information go to https://www.muhlbauerforiowa.com/

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Niazy, Hale, Warnagiris And Our Endless War

Zalmay Niazy Photo Credit: CNN

Veteran Decries Inconsistent Justice by Ed Flaherty

The story of Zalmay Niazy of Iowa Falls has been well-publicized.  He was an interpreter for U.S. forces in Afghanistan for several years, has lived in Iowa Falls for several years, where he has become a valued and respected member of the community. He is now facing deportation back to Afghanistan because his visa has expired.

This is all happening as the U.S. is ending its military operations in Afghanistan and attempting to deal with visa requests from 18,000 Afghans who have served as U.S. interpreters. They now fear for their lives.

On Thursday, July 8, President Biden said, “There is a home for you in the U.S. if you so choose, and we will stand with you just as you stood with us.” Only a Pulitzer Prize-winner of the Fiction award could concoct such a ludicrous and obvious inconsistency.

Less obvious and more removed from the public eye is the contrast between the cases of Marine Major Christopher Warnagiris and Air Force veteran Daniel Hale.  Warnagiris participated in the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, and reportedly physically attacked capitol defenders.  He has been charged with multiple offenses, but is still on active duty at the Quantico Marine base while awaiting trial. Daniel Hale, involved with weaponized drones while stationed in Afghanistan, has been in jail for several months and may be sentenced for up to ten years. His offense? He made public details about the use of U.S. weaponized drones, including the fact that, contrary to our government’s official statements, the drone program killed many more civilians than targeted “terrorists.”  

I hope by the time this article appears that Zalmay Niazy has gotten a green light to stay in the U.S. as long as he wishes.  And I hope that the July 8 words of President Biden regarding Afghan interpreters bear fruit in reality. I also hope that Major Warnagiris is promptly removed from active duty. If found guilty, part of his punishment must be a dishonorable discharge from the Marines. As for Daniel Hale, a truth-telling, non-violent veteran, I hope that Judge O’Grady imposes a very lenient sentence on July 27, and that President Biden grants him a pardon.

History will not treat kindly the U.S. involvement since 1980 in Afghanistan.  But at least we need not further dishonor our country’s reputation by ignoring the plight of these victims. Niazy and the Afghan interpreters who worked with the U.S. military served veterans nobly. Hale, asserting the rights of US soldiers to speak truth, honors veterans.  Warnagiris, if found guilty, should be punished even more than his January 6 peers because of the high responsibility he has as a senior officer to defend the Constitution.  He has dishonored veterans.

(Editor’s Note: On July 27, Daniel Hale was sentenced to 45 months in prison).

~ First published in the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Reprinted with permission of the author.

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What Work Will We Do?

Field workers. Provenance unknown.

Conventional wisdom is there is a worker shortage in Iowa.

“Companies are really at a tipping point with respect to their workforce,” Iowa Business Council Executive Director Joe Murphy said in an interview with Perry Beeman of Iowa Capitol Dispatch. “They need people more than ever.”

The surge in demand for products and services in the second year of the coronavirus pandemic notwithstanding, there is no shortage of workers. It is a shortage of jobs people want to do.

My colleague Tony Lloyd put it this way: “Can we stop saying that ‘Companies can’t find workers’ and start saying ‘Many corporate work environments are toxic. Workers weren’t thriving before the pandemic. Now they realize that life is short.’ The way you spend your time is the way you spend your life.”

Anyone who worked on a farm knows how hard physical labor can be. Factory workers are well attuned to the toll repetitive tasks take on their bodies. Retail workers figure out ways to eek out a living on low wages. People who are self-employed–housekeepers, landscaping contractors, beauticians and barbers, child care professionals, crafters and creatives–often feel one step from the debt collector with slim chances of making it. We go on working partly because we want to, yet mostly because we need income in 21st Century society.

Labor unions of the post World War II era framed what worklife can be: a 40-hour work week with paid overtime, a safe work place, vacations and holidays, health insurance, sick leave, and other perquisites. About one-quarter of all U.S. workers belonged to a union in the mid-1950s, yet only 10.8% of U.S. workers were union members in 2020. The union membership rate of public-sector workers (34.8 percent) continued to be more than five times higher than the rate of private-sector workers (6.3 percent), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While we are friends of organized labor, their model has not worked for the majority of Americans in the workforce.

Most small, family-run businesses I know seek to avoid hiring people unless they must. Everyone from the owner to the dish washer pitches in to help get required daily work done. Yet small businesses have been and continue to be acquired by larger ones, or are run out of business through market competition.

American business favors a structure where management expenses are minimized, and to do that, scale is important. The bookkeeper for a $1 million dollar a year operation may stay busy, yet the better use of such labor is said to be that same bookkeeper managing a portfolio of ten or twenty such operations. To do that businesses need scale. Scale well-serves the owners of business–the richest one percent among us–but that’s where trouble came in. It was noticed during the pandemic.

Scaling business to reduce overhead costs, and taking the individual decision-making aspect out of operating a small office or outlet within a large corporation is what created the “toxic work environments” to which Lloyd referred. If there is will to do something about it, I don’t see it in public. As we answer the question, “What work will we do?” our options are limited by the corporatization of the United States.

Wouldn’t it be great to work like this:

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends
Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends

Sony Music Publishing or Sir Paul McCartney, who knows?.

Unfortunately, even something as simple as “getting by” gets complicated. How we spend our days is made more difficult by the corporatization of worklife and the increasing divide between the richest people and the rest of us. The question remains unanswered.

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