Poly Ticks – sucking the blood out of America

The first definition of the word “poly” is: more than one; many; much.  The second definition is: more than usual; excessive; abnormal.  I’m going to focus on the latter with regard to the second definition of the word “ticks” in this case used as a noun and defined as any of numerous bloodsucking arachnids  of the order Aracina, somewhat larger than the related mites and having a barbed proboscis for attachment to the skin of warm-blooded vertebrates: some ticks are vectors of disease. (courtesy of dictionary.com)

So, this post will not be about animals and insects but rather the growing malady known as capitalists buying and owning politics to keep the masses chained to their posts which we all call “a job”.  Who wrote the lyric “It’s a dirty job but someone’s gotta do it”?  

We reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7-8, yep, it’s in the Bible, look it up) and what America has sown into the fabric of some of its people in the early life of this nation is to work hard and you’ll be rewarded.  That’s been the case since FDR, the 32nd President of the United States, who served for 12 years (4 terms) whose New Deal policies helped shape the America that was once a strong nation.  The new deal brought relief (via government jobs for the unemployed), recovery (economic growth) and reform (through regulation of Wall Street, banks, and transportation).  But now, however, those who work the hardest are the least rewarded and the great divide of wealth for the few with diminishing returns for the middle is at its worst: a bloodsucking tick on the backs of the working poor.

The Walton family who own the multinational retailer known as Wal-Mart has abundance in the magnitude of hundreds of billions of dollars. Amazing, isn’t it?  The average American earns about $50,000 a year in income and benefits (combined). But if you are among the 2 million employees working full-time for Wal-Mart, the CEO of your company earns more in ONE HOUR than you earn in an entire YEAR.  (Check that out here.) In fact, the total amount of money spent at Wal-Mart in one hour is $36,000,000. (yes, million) The total amount of PROFIT Wal-Mart makes EVERY MINUTE is $34,880.  Yet, a full-time employee earns 1/2 that in a full year of employment.  The great tick known as Wal-Mart sucks the blood out 2 million employees every single day of their working lives. And guess who subsidizes the world’s largest retailer with their taxes?  The average American worker pays the tax that subsidizes the poverty of the Wal-Mart employee among other things such as free-to-cut price land for the corporation and in many noted cases, deals allowing them to evade property tax.  So a company that reaps $405 BILLION annually has the rest of us sots paying taxes to subsidize its workforce and the land it stands on.  Are you pissed off yet? (Wal-Mart stats courtesy of here.)

Let’s move up the earnings path to focus on nurses for a minute. A registered nurse earns anywhere from about $60,000 per year up to around $80,000 with overtime pay.  OVER TIME means working beyond the requisite 8-hour work day (some work 12-hour shifts as their regular work day, but less days per week). Overtime is sewn into the fabric of an RN’s workday. Not enough assistance is provided to allow the nurse to do the job and finish it in the requisite 8 hours. This constant understaffing causes them to remain longer on the job, but provides overtime pay which gives them a nice chunk of change for their extra work. It’s an endlessly exhausting workday and the true reward is that they earn a middle-American wage.  And the ONLY way they can do this is because they have a very strong UNION.  They are organized.  Something the Walton family keeps their employees from doing while discouraging  them from receiving overtime pay for overtime work bullying the managers (the ones earning a bit more) to keep employee costs down.

How did we come to this?  Politics.  Big wigs like the Wal-Mart corporation and other bloodsucking multinationals that are formed solely to provide profit to the shareholders at the expense of whatever is in that pathway OWN our government – ALL THREE BRANCHES – the executive, the legislative, and the judicial.  And they are coming to your town to take over your city councils, your mayors, your state representatives, and your governors by way of their Super PAC money and organizations like ALEC to fund the candidate and policies that only serve to expand the corporate takeover.

America has been consumed by bloodsucking ticks that are making the decisions on education (check out Lumina Foundation and read between the lines), how we feed ourselves (agribusiness), how we name things (isn’t there a corporate name on your sports arenas/complexes?), how we earn a living (breaking up workers unions and the plan to put a “Scott Walker in every state”).

The list goes on and on.  And while Google spends $3.2 billion on Nest Labs expanding it’s proboscis into energy, science, and robotics, we’ll keep pretending that we’re safe and free because that’s what America has upheld as its anthem for a couple hundred years.

Poly ticks.  We are doomed if we don’t find a cure.

(Thanks to Goodsearch and Wikipedia for the vast amounts of information.)

Later this day:  I found this truly horrific, but excellent blog titled: “The Trouble With ‘Made In China’

About danaj33

writer * department chair of Broadcast Electronic Media Arts and audio faculty at City College of San Francisco * music composer and producer * always in discovery mode, learning, living, loving, and laughing.
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