Saturday, September 22, 2012

Class Warfare? Get Real!

There’s been a lot of talk about the "one percent" - meaning the one percent of the wealthiest Americans. That would be 3,000,000 people. The truth is it’s more like "one-fifth-of-one-percent" - more like 600,000 people who control more than 95% of all the wealth in this country...

First of all, I’m not talking about the rare exceptions - people such as Bill gates, Michael Dell or Steve Jobs - people who started their own companies and who, in the best tradition of capitalism, deserve their wealth. No, I’m talking about people who are employees of shareholders, but who have managed to scrape off millions of other people’s money and make it their own. They do it in a variety of ways. There’s a "country club” at the top".   Chief Execs get boards of directors to vote them salaries of $100,000,000, $200,000,000 and more. That money belongs to the company shareholders, but they take it anyway. They have "golden parachutes" that allow them to walk away with countless millions of dollars if their company is bought out. Even if they run their company into the ground, they manage to walk away with millions.

If we call for restraints on the obscene ways the super rich fill their pockets, the republicans have the nerve to accuse us of class warfare! That’s the most hypocritical thing I’ve ever heard anyone say in my whole life. And that is saying something!

The truth is more like this: They have already beaten us in battle. They have taken us prisoner and thrown us in jail. They have hog-tied us and deprived us of food. Then, when we look up and tell them they should free us and give us food, they say, "Oh, so you want to start a class war?"   Or worse....label us LAZY - the 47% who feel "entitled" and want nothing but a handout ripped from the pocket of our neighbors...

This is crazy talk.   The growing divide in our community makes me sick!   Class warfare??????   We need to wake up and realize the war is being waged against the middle class by the super wealthy.

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