A public union employee, a tea party activist and a CEO…

“So a public union employee, a tea party activist, and a CEO are sitting at a table with a plate of a dozen cookies in the middle of it. The CEO takes 11 of the cookies, turns to the tea partier and says, “Watch out for that union guy. He wants a piece of your cookie.”

The humor is in its truth: those at the very, very top are orchestrating a divide and conquer strategy. They are trying to pit our cops, fire fighters and teachers against tax payers.

Last time we checked, though, public sector employees pay taxes and everyone benefits from having their children taught, their roads plowed and their neighborhoods protected.

The truth is we’re all in this together and we need to stand together to save a vanishing middle class.

The rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer and the middle class is being squeezed. To see just how much, check out “It’s the Inequality, Silly”: 11 graphs that show the growing and frightening inequality in our country.

Because that’s what all of these budget fights are about.

We understand there are budget problems, but we also understand what caused them: the aftermath of Wall Street bringing our economy to its knees and the resulting recession. It’s not because we pay middle class salaries and benefits to our communities’ public servants.

These fights are not about budgets.

They’re about paying back corporate donors like David Koch by trying to eliminate unions. They’re about weakening one of the last remaining voices for working families- our movement.

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