Rustbelt Rage by Noam Chomsky

by Noam Chomsky
In These Times
May 4, 2010

On Feb. 18, Joe Stack, a 53-year-old computer engineer, crashed his small plane into a building in Austin, Texas, hitting an IRS office, committing suicide, killing one other person and injuring others.

Stack left an anti-government manifesto explaining his actions. The story begins when he was a teenager living on a pittance in Harrisburg, Pa., near the heart of what was once a great industrial center.

His neighbor, in her ’80s and surviving on cat food, was the “widowed wife of a retired steel worker. Her husband had worked all his life in the steel mills of central Pennsylvania with promises from big business and the union that, for his 30 years of service, he would have a pension and medical care to look forward to in his retirement.

“Instead he was one of the thousands who got nothing because the incompetent mill management and corrupt union (not to mention the government) raided their pension funds and stole their retirement. All she had was Social Security to live on.”

He could have added that the super-rich and their political allies continue to try to take away Social Security, too.

via Rustbelt Rage — In These Times


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  5. Can we clone Joe Stack? When the President finally decides to inform the USA that the Social Security safety net got a lot of IOU markers from Congress worth $2.5 trillion dollars we can’t replace right now when we need it. But that’s okey, Social Security has raided the Railroad Pension fund stealing from the old railroad workers to keep the bigger group of social security old folk paid, for now. Joe Stack could buzz the homes of the congress folk that kept sticking IOU markers for pork barrel projects needing to borrow our retirement on cat food.

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