Bring up the historic levels of wealth disparity in this country and all of the sudden you’re accused by the ‘psychophants’ and water-carriers of waging class warfare.
How about that people are finally making commonsense observations about how democracy and rule “of, by and for the people” has been subverted by an oligarchic rule. Just by starting a discussion, you rub up against their indoctrinated misbeliefs, set off their shriek monkey alarms and are accused of starting a war.
A war that they themselves have been unwittingly fighting on behalf of people who disdain them. A war that has been going on for over thirty years in broad daylight, but one which they themselves refuse to acknowledge even exists. The real outrage should be directed at the widening wealth disparity, not at the people who are finally noticing it.
Just because there’s no tanks and bombs, no news coverage and no formal declarations, don’t think it isn’t war. It is. It’s unbridled class warfare; and you, your neighbors, your co-workers and your fellow citizens, along with the planet itself, is under attack. Remaining silent, claiming ignorance or simply not wishing to ‘rock the boat’ is simply acquiescing.
Here’s Thom Hartmann on “Billionaires vs “We the People.”
Wages have been flat since Saint Ronnie took office in 1981, despite worker productivity increasing all the while and corporate profits reaching record levels over the last ten years. For the decades prior to that, wages were tied much more closely to increases in both productivity and profit. If you take the inordinate amount of extra profit that the oligarchs have filched and squeezed for themselves from the average worker’s labor over the last thirty years, and combine that with the lowest tax rates on the upper income bracket in generations, you start to get the picture.
The income gap in America has been widening, on purpose, and now it’s snowballing. The bottom 40% of Americans don’t even own one half of 1% of the country’s wealth. The bottom 60% don’t even own 5% of it.
It’s been over three decades now since a prominent Republican politician referred to his competitor’s trickle down economic plans as a sham and gave them a deserving name: voodoo economics. After losing to the trickle down huckster in the primaries however, George H.W. Bush gladly jumped at the opportunity to join his opponent’s ticket in the VP slot and conveniently forgot all about his critique of voodoo economics; opting instead to support and promote those very policies for the next eight years as our vice president, followed by four more years as our 41st president.
That April 1980 slag during a stump speech in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he also referred to Ronald Reagan’s tax cut philosophy as “economic madness”, appears to have been the last time any prominent politician on the right dared to utter a word against an economic policy that soon became their mantra, their religion, their raison d’etre. Businessmen and economic experts still extol it, the Republican base consider it an Unwavering Truth on par with the Constitution and the Bible, and hapless media lapdogs parrot its points uncritically despite all evidence to the contrary.
So here we are, three decades later, with a thoroughly wrecked and twisted economy after following that foolish plan through five administrations. Record levels of national debt, record levels of wealth and income disparity, record levels of economic immobility for the American worker. And instead of questioning the very premise of its assertions, instead of drawing the obvious conclusions to be gleaned from the reams of data staring out at us, we continue to allow the crazed adherents of this cult to prattle on about it and give it legitimacy despite all evidence to the contrary.