My grandmother was another real life Rosie. She moved with her teenage daughter
(my mom) from Oklahoma City to San Pedro, California, to work in the shipyards.
I'll never forget the first time she showed me the scars across her body
from her days as a welder.
In today's economy Rosie would be laid off because the company had been so
badly mismanaged that they were going bankrupt. The CEO would get off, of
course, along with other board members who had sold their shares of the company
months before via insider trading. She would then fall back onto food stamps and
welfare (which repubs are trying to squash). Rosie would be labeled by some as
lazy, entitled, or uneducated. Rosie stands as a testament to the
great capitalism we once had in this country. Today, it's an immoral,
selfish, deregulated, crony capitalism bent on short term profits at the
sacrifice of long term health and sustainability. CEOs today would rather hurry
up and make their fortunes running over anyone in their paths rather than build
and lead a company into the future. It's all about instant gratification.
They don't realize that in order to keep our economy growing we need to
increase the pay of labor. When labor has money, they use it to buy more things.
This creates demand which forces businesses to produce more goods. Thus,
resulting in better productivity, more employment, and real growth.
Anyone who has been to Europe will recognize the "bent arm" gesture
Rosie is making under the guise of rolling up her sleeve to expose her flexed
bicep. It is an obscene gesture, similar to the American middle finger, made in
the direction of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and Imperial Japan, our wartime
enemies. Winston Churchill frequently made the two-fingered "V"
gesture, which has a similar meaning, but which was explained to Americans as
"V for victory." That generation knew how to call an enemy
an enemy and how to win a war. They also knew how to befriend and succor the
peoples whose governments they had vanquished.
Detroit is the victim of people who want to spend other people’s money.
And there seems to be no end to the schemes and scams they use. While
Detroit doesn’t have enough money for government to serve the people, here
we have a group of parasites wanting to create a monument to an ancient war.
We need to remember the troubles of the past and the valiant efforts
of people to survive, but just how many monuments do we need to help our
memory?The fact is that the monuments, the museums, the what-ever
that takes money from people without giving back some tangible service or
product is a drag on the economy. Wealth is created when we create something
useful not just a tourist attraction.