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>> Ah, the ruling class loves this. Get the folks fighting each other instead of looking to where the real problem lies. <<

IMO, that's exactly what it is -- an attempt to divide the middle class and turn half of it against each other. As long as the corporate and economic elite can successfully turn the working class against itself, the less we'll notice as they continue to increase their share of the nation's wealth and they watch us in the trenches fight against each other for the decreasing amount of crumbs they leave for us.

All this partisan media raising ire and polarizing us "ordinary folks" is also playing a large part in this. When we obsess on "blue" versus "red" we again turn on each other while losing vision of the big problem -- the shrinking middle class and the increasing gap between the haves and have-nots.

Having said that, I think it's also important to address the growing gap between the fates of private and public sector workers -- not just to make what the public sector is getting more sustainable, but also to eliminate some of the backlash against public sector raises, pensions and other benefits we stopped getting a long time ago. But that doesn't require fighting each other, IMO.

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