In the past 30 years the United States has had a series of foreign encounters: Peacekeeping in Lebanon, 1982; Grenada, 1983; the air war over Libya, 1986; Panama, 1989; the first Gulf War, 1990-1991; Somalia, 1992; Bosnia, 1992-1993; and our present wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Did you miss the war between capital (big business) and labor (working people)? Capital won. How can you tell? Dollar stores and dollar menus are the norm. Foreclosures and bankruptcies abound. Tax laws favor capital over labor; a company's stock rises on the announcement of massive layoffs, while unemployment (cost-cutting) reaches historic levels. Which segment was bailed out?
There is talk of a "jobless recovery" because of closing plants and shipping jobs overseas. Trade deficits exist every year, while massive government debt increases. The media is corporate-controlled, determining and skewing the news. Lobbyists, controlled by business interests, dominate our legislative process. Recent Supreme Court decisions give corporations control over the political process.
STEVEN N. ARISTOTELOUS SR.