And it’s no doubt gotten worse since this was written in 1984 — just look at the shabby way the heroic workers who became ill from Ground Zero have been treated:
“Every year 100,000 workers are killed or die of work-related accidents or disease; 400,000 are disabled; 6 million are hurt at work. In The Working-Class Majority (1974), Andrew Levison says, ‘All the clich豠and pleasant notions of how the old class divisionshave disappeared are exposed as hollow phrases by the simple fact that American workers must accept serious injury and even death as part of their daily reality while the middle class does not.’ And he goes on:
‘Imagine the universal outcry that would occur if every year several corporate headquarters routinely collapsed like mines, crushing sixty or seventy executives. Or suppose that all the banks were filled with an invisible noxious dust that constantly produced cancer in the managers, clerks, and tellers. Finally, try to imagine the horrorif thousands of university professors were deafened every year or lost fingers, hands, sometimes eyes, while on their jobs.'”
— Paul Fussell, from his book “Class,” Ballantine Books (1984).
“Why would Fox News so vociferously and ardently defend BP when even Republicans were fighting to get in front of microphones to denounce Rep. Barton’s apology and the company’s approval rating is, quite literally, somewhere between O.J. Simpson and Saddam Hussein? It’s the same reason they attacked Obama when he sent 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, and the same reason they attacked him for asking that the country pray for the Gulf coast. It doesn’t matter what Obama does, Fox News will automatically gainsay it. It doesn’t matter if they make no sense, look foolish, or wildly contradict themselves — if Obama does it, it’s wrong. He could replace Teddy Roosevelt’s face on Mount Rushmore with Ronald Reagan’s and they’d attack him for desecrating an American landmark.”
— Simon Maloy, Eric Hananoki, Ben Dimiero, “Fox News’ Oily Sheen,” Media Matters, June 25, 2010.
Watch For It! The latest Noise Machine Strawman-from-the-Ozone accusation: There are blind, unquestioning Obama supporters out there who want him to declare himself dictator, just like that Hitler fella! Except for a comment from Woody Allen (hint to humorless righties: he’s a satirist as well as a director) from a Spanish newspaper, I have found no progressive on the Inner-Tubes or other media who seriously wants Obama to declare himself a dictator, but that won’t stop the wingnuts.
“I hear comments sometimes that large oil companies are really companies that don’t care, but that is not the case in BP. We care about the small people.”
— Carl-Henric Svanberg, Board Chairman of BP Sweden, as quoted by the Washington Post, June 16, 2010.
“Only the little people pay taxes.”
— Leona Helmsley, the ‘Queen of Mean.’
Yes, and the little people also bail out Wall Street, the banks, and provide large tax breaks for the big oil companies. On MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan Show this afternoon, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said ExxonMobil made $19 billion in profit last year (it was a slow period) and paid zero dollars in taxes. Not only that, but they received $165 million back from the IRS of the ‘small people’s’ money. Rest easy, fellow Lilliputians.
” I think his primary motivations are, and have always been, money and fame. That’s a constant throughout his career. Long before he found God and George Washington during his early transition to talk radio, he dreamt of making it big as a syndicated Top 40 guy. His media empire has been a dream since childhood, although the content is probably a surprise even to him. But just because he’s a businessman who knows exactly what he’s doing does not mean that everything coming out of his mouth is part of a charade. I think he really does have the twisted hard-right politics he professes to hold. He doesn’t know enough to know better. He learned just about everything he knows about history and politics from AM radio and crazy Mormon Birchers like Cleon Skousen. A lot of what people find hard to understand about Beck is a result of rank ignorance.” 
” But [Glenn] Beck is clearly full of hatred to this day, for himself, for the world, for his political opponents. More than one former colleague believes he was diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder in the 90s, likely bipolar, and that he took lithium on top of his recreational drugs and booze until he went clean in mid-90s. So you start with that as a baseline, together with a history of depression, throw in some megalomania and ADHD, for which Beck takes Big Pharma speed, sprinkle it with some dry drunk fairy dust and an instinctive paranoia, and you have a recipe for a freak show.” 
“Beck has been fake crying for at least a decade. At his Top 40 station in New Haven, his ex-partner told me he’d get emotional, cut to commercial, dry up to order a bacon-and-cheese, then start crying as soon as he was on-air again. One of his colleagues in Tampa told me the same thing. This is not to say that Beck is not an emotional wreck who cries a lot. He definitely does. But I think the way he incorporates it into his performance is a combination of embarrassingly deep emotional neediness and a shameless desire to manipulate his audience, which apparently is willing to give him a pass on the crying because they think at bottom he is authentic. And it’s worth noting that the neediness seems to cut both ways. Often Glenn Beck feels like nothing so much as an episode of Mr. Rogers.”
— Alexander Zaitchik, author of “Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Nonsense,” (Wiley 2010) from an interview with Media Matters’ Joe Strupp on June 3, 2010.
Doesn’t this description of Beck remind you of a certain person who was once appointed by a 5-4 Supreme Court decision to the US presidency?
“And while BP has repeatedly stated that it will pay all necessary and appropriate clean-up costs and verifiable claims for other loss and damage caused by the spill, the Florida Congressional delegation has repeatedly asked BP to place $1 billion in an escrow account to reimburse states and countiesinstead the states have received $25 million block grants, plus $70 million to help with advertising campaigns.”
— Rick Outzen, “Shocking BP Memo, and the Oil Spill in the Gulf,” The Daily Beast, May 25, 2010.
$70 million for ‘advertising campaigns’ while people in the Gulf region are suffering the effects of the worst oil disaster in history? What are they going to ‘advertise’ that massive oil spills are good for you?