Demonstrating at the Gates of Hell is not enough

Protesters fight for healthcare at the women’s march in San Francisco.
PHOTO/SARAH MENEFEE

 

DETROIT, MI — NEW Technology demands a change in our economic relationship.

Demonstrations and protests are a good beginning. We are in a political struggle with the “billionaires” to get the government to support our side. The “billionaires” are in a political struggle with us to keep the government on their side.

On January 4, 2017, The Washington Post responded to the Ford Motor Company announcement that 700 jobs would be created in Michigan by the year 2020.

“The next wave of workers in Flat Rock will build mostly self-driving and electric cars, including a hybrid Mustang. Unlike manufacturing roles of decades past, though, the jobs will probably require computer literacy and more than a high school diploma.”(The real reason Ford abandoned its plant in Mexico has little to do with Trump.)

Macomb County in Michigan voted for the “new” government in the November 8 election by 50,000 votes. Twelve percent of the people 25 and over have not graduated from high school. Another 65% have only a high school diploma. This means that 77% of the people in the county are not qualified for any of those 700 new jobs coming to Michigan.

Warren, MI is one of the cities in Macomb County, Michigan.

On January 15, as part of a nationwide protest of the attack on the Safety Net (Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid) by the “new” government, a protest was held at the Macomb Community College in Warren, MI. Some 5000 protesters showed up in support of “healthcare”.Veteran U.S. Representative John Conyers, Jr. announced that he would introduce H.R.676—Expanded and Improved Medicare For All Act in this session of Congress once again.

On January 20, U.S. Representative Conyers joined with other U.S. Representatives to boycott the Inauguration Day ceremonies of the “new” government. More than 51% of those U.S. Representatives were co-sponsors of H.R. 676.They are in a political struggle with the billionaires who now control the government.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) cannot be repealed over the next two years but it can be defunded and that is what the “new” government will do. But the ACA is not their main target. The Safety Net (Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid) is being attacked because technology does not pay Safety Net taxes.

On January 21, people from across the world gathered in protest of this “new” government, including 1.5 million people in this country.

On January 24, U.S. Representative Conyers introduced H.R. 676 in the 115th Congress.

Social Security and Medicare in the main exist to help retirees who have paid their dues and disabled people who can’t pay their dues to survive in a society based on having a job.Medicaid exists to help maintain the health of people who can’t pay their dues because there are no jobs.

H.R. 676 extends access to healthcare for all us, whether working, retired, disabled or jobless.

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