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Worst of all, concentrated wealth means concentrated political power. In the age of SuperPacs and Citizens United, it is money that speaks the loudest in terms of electing politicians and influencing policy.
Wall Street isn’t the only place where popular unrest has been fomenting. Here on the West Coast, inmates of the California prison system are protesting their conditions in a hunger strike that now has thousands of participants in at least eight California prisons, and has entered its tenth day.
In the midst of a budget crisis last year, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger mandated furloughs for state workers. Employees who held positions that were deemed critical, such as state prison guards, were given permission to bank furlough days. This means that workers could cash in on the days they were forced not to work.