Thursday, July 09, 2009
Yet another rant about the rich.
Yes, yes. Once again, I'm going to rant about the rich, the rulers of this country and of the world.
You should be used to it by now.
The Rules for the Rich:
1. The Bottom Line is the ONLY Line.
2. People don't matter.
3. Any taxation is EVIL.
4. The pain of the people is unimportant.
5.The pain of the Rich must be passed on to the people.
What I'm trying to say is that during these hard economic times, when things have gotten so bad that even the ruling elite are feeling it, they will continue to complain about how they are suffering, and in turn, must pass that suffering on to the masses. Never mind that their tax cuts have not been rolled back or removed, never mind that they still live lavish, opulent lifestyles where they have to invent things to waste their money on, never mind that now they have the time and energy to mount tax protest "Tea Parties", complaining how heavily they are already taxed. Okay, let's lay it on the line once again: Taxes on the Rich were nearly eliminated on the theory of Trickle Down Economics. By this theory, if they are not taxed, they will reinvest the money that they would have been taxed into their businesses. That theory has proven absolutely wrong, time and time again. Instead of reinvesting, the rich have hoarded their money in tax havens like Switzerland and the Caribbean, or spent it on extreme luxury goods, partly just to rub it in the noses of the rest of us that they do not have to be concerned about getting by, and that the only definition of enough that they subscribe to is "Too Much". Honestly, the market for extreme luxury goods has not suffered in the slightest in this economy. If anything, it has increased, as the rich indulge themselves to relieve their pain at how the country is becoming socialist (which it isn't). "Spreading the Wealth Around" is not Socialism, it is just trying to make the rich aware of the fact that although they should not be punished for their success, they have to be made to realize that their success is made on the backs and the blood of the masses that they are so disdainful of. Henry Ford realized that his company could only succeed if it made a product that his own workers could afford, yet today we have a huge market for thousand dollar high-heel shoes, hundred thousand dollar handbags, three hundred thousand dollar wristwatches, and half million dollar cars. Do you honestly think that the price of those goods is at all reflected in the wages of the workers who produce them? No, the profits go to the business owners, in a part of the cycle of waste that is almost completely removed from the rest of the economy. What needs to happen is to completely remove the Reagan-Bush tax cuts, and to tell the whining rich that they have and are still benefiting hugely from the economy, more than everyone else, and now it is their responsibility to help the peasants for a while. Then, once the middle class is restored, they will start purchasing again, and that will more than make up for the taxes that you are now paying. Share the wealth, share the responsibility, share the rewards. And stop shaming the memory of the Boston Tea Party with you tax protests. The issue then was Taxation Without Representation, and as far as I can tell, you are more than adequately represented by our government, which is still, with a few notable, wonderful exceptions, a bunch of old, rich, white guys, running the country for the benefit of a bigger bunch of old, rich, white guys and their families. All we want is what was promised to us when your taxes were cut back to almost nothing. Give us that, and we'll leave you alone, and make you richer in the bargain. That shouldn't be too much to ask.