We love you even though:
1. Your kids do not have to serve in the military because there is not a mandatory draft – they all have their degrees and you ultra-rich moms and dads make sure they have good jobs. Don’t worry, inner city kids and country kids tend to sign up for voluntary military service and fight our country’s battles because they tend to be more patriotic than your kids and because many of them cannot find adequate employment due to the poor economy.
2. Also, you do not have to go to sleep at night worrying about your kids serving in a war zone – nor do you have to worry about them coming home in body bags. Your only concern is that your kids might get hurt surfing or getting injured while driving their Ferrari’s.
3. Your greed in maximizing profits for the companies you either own or manage or are heavily invested in usually results in those companies moving their manufacturing or production facilities overseas so you can make even more money. And if your kid is running one of those companies, he or she will end up with a “golden” parachute, while “blue” collar workers get “pink” slips and will end up out of a job for an extended period while our politicians try to come up with ways to limit unemployment compensation for these unemployed workers you let go.
4. The hefty tax reductions you have received since the start of Bush II’s 1st term in office are being spent on frivolous things like jewelry, luxury vehicles, boats, 2nd or 3rd homes, and other discretionary items and are NOT being used to grow businesses that would result in putting Americans back to work. Why would you want to put Americans back to work – your real profits are made overseas, right?
5. You do not have to worry about Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid because your large incomes and investment income gives you sufficient wealth to buy into the best health plans in America. As a result, you are OKAY with reductions that Congress is considering in Social Security and Medicare. You are also okay with a means test because that would mostly affect middle income Americans. Your “means” so to speak is so high that losing your Social Security check would be like an average American losing a $20.00 bill.
6. You never have to choose between paying for your prescriptions, your utility bill, and buying food because you can do all of that without batting an eye. Keep in mind that there are Seniors who were hard working blue collar workers all their lives who are now choosing to take half their meds in an effort to reduce their monthly expenses and while doing so they are putting their health in jeopardy. They also turn down their thermostats in the winter to 60 degrees or less and bundle themselves in flannel underwear and three or four blankets while you enjoy your romantic fireplaces and set your thermostat to whatever pleases you. They are also opting for fans instead of energy consuming air conditioners and in doing so they are risking strokes. When they go out to dinner, they bring home half their meal in a to-go box because if not, they might not have anything to eat the next day. And when blue collars go somewhere in their car – they carefully plan and consolidate every trip to keep their gas bills as low as possible, while you ultra-rich nonchalantly drive anywhere and everywhere – when you want and where you want as you drive your large inefficient, gas guzzling SUV’s.
The disparity between the rich and the poor is at its’ highest in American history and it appears to be getting worse with no hopes of ever reversing. Congress is doing everything possible to keep that trend alive and well.
If things continue at this rate, I would not be surprised to see the rich transitioning to huge gated communities that rival castles of yesteryear with everyone else living in slums outside these communities. Some of these communities already exist but I expect to see them protected by very high walls, guard posts, and electronic surveillance equipment and possibly surrounded by a moat and drawbridges – seriously.
So, what can be done to reverse this trend? You might find this hard to believe, but average Americans can force change but they do not realize they are fully capable of doing so.
I am neither rich nor poor but I am very concerned with the demise of the middle class and I think it is high time that average Americans rise up and do whatever it takes to return the middle class back to a decent standard of living.
Individually, we are relatively powerless to force changes – but if we pool our resources and our votes we can get rid of those members of Congress – in the House and the Senate who primarily care about the rich at the expense of the average voters.
In part II of this blog, I will list steps that will show everyone what can be done and what will need to be done to dismantle the stranglehold the rich and powerful have over the other 98 percent of Americans who the 2 percent depend on for their wealth……
More to come – and soon.