Obama Dresses Up Slave-Labor Order as ‘Immigration Reform;’ Dems Rejoice
BY MARTIN SAYLES | NOVEMBER 24, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 22 — President Barack Obama’s announcement last Thursday on how the federal government will deal with up to 5 million undocumented workers and family members of American citizens has been hailed by Democrats and reformist immigrant rights advocates across the board, while being universally slammed by conservative Republicans and racists.
As austerity measures have swept across the globe, budget cuts, tax hikes and gutted social services are not the only things we have seen. There is something more sinister behind the facade of “shared sacrifice” built up by the exploiting and oppressing classes.
The imposition of austerity measures that began following the Panic of 2008 has without question been a barbaric attack on the rights and living standards of workers around the world. In the United States and European Union, austerity measures have contributed to a massive decline in workers’ overall economic well-being.
The ongoing negotiations over the federal budget and debt ceiling have become as much a media sensation as a recent marriage or death of a celebrity. The 24-hour cable news channels, the various and sundry bloggermouths, and the army of pundits, commentators and media bobbleheads, have all chimed in, offering a blow-by-blow summary of the status of the discussions.
Indeed, virtually every voice attributable to one of the two classes ruling in alliance (the capitalists and their junior partners, the “middle class” managers — the bourgeoisie and petty bourgeoisie), including those of the bulk of the self-described socialist and communist organizations, have made it a point to give their audience a regular slice of “the latest developments.” These voices concentrate on the shifting figures, costs and percentages that are being added, left alone or eliminated from the federal budget, with the axis of their analysis and agitation (if one can even call it that) running through specific proposals over cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, as well as the tax rates for the wealthy.