As a student of history, I know two things:
- Those who don’t study history are bound to repeat it.
- Whenever the gap between rich and poor becomes too large- things cave in.
Apparently, the people in Washington and Wall Street weren’t students of history.
Henry Ford was an absolute jerk, but he realized if he wanted to sell lots of his expensive cars, he had to make them affordable to his workers- so he paid them well.
Let’s take a look at the pay ratio in most of our major corporations- any idiot should see that by paying the C-suite big bucks and shipping the jobs off to China is going to eventually kill the goose that laid the golden egg. The American government can’t pay its bills, the American people are going broke trying to put gas in their tank, pay for health insurance, college loans and housing that is no longer worth what they borrowed, a perfect storm is brewing. Take a look at what’s happened in the Arab countries in the so-called “Arab Spring.” Think about what the “Tea Party” is modeled after? Folks, a revolution could be coming to America- or riots, or both.
I’m not the only one thinking about this- CNN’s Jack Cafferty asked the same questions:
For the first time maybe since the Vietnam War or certainly since the civil rights movement, there are some darkening storm clouds on the civility horizon. A growing number of voices are continuing to suggest that if this economy doesn’t turn around, and people can’t start feeling optimistic about their futures again, we could be headed for some ugly scenarios. A new CNN poll says 48 percent of Americans think the country is headed for another Great Depression in the next twelve months. That is a stunning number.
James Carville, who in 1992 told Bill Clinton, “It’s the economy stupid,” says the current economy is so bad, there is a heightened risk of civil unrest. And unless things start changing for the better, it’s a distinct possibility.
Our country is bankrupt and our government refuses to do anything about it. Unemployment is stuck above 9 percent. Millions of Americans are out of work, some for a number of years now. The value of peoples’ homes is sinking below the break-even line. In the most recent jobs report, more than half of the private sector jobs that were added were at McDonald’s.
For young people coming out of the nation’s colleges and universities, their families having invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in their education, the outlook is grim.
He included some of the comments in his news story- but the comments are interesting in their own right. There are people ready to say “WTF do I have to lose”- and I’ll be damned if I’m going to lose everything while banking CEOs who screwed the pooch still are millionaires, without a care.
Bernie Madoff ran a Ponzi scheme and went to jail, our Congress hasn’t done much better- outspending their allowance year after year- and none of them are in trouble. It’s not as simple as cutting spending or raising taxes anymore- 14 trillion is a bit bigger than that. It’s time to do a reset- and historically, resets come with a big dose of violence.
I recently got one of those e-mails that circulates with a million cc’s and it was right on the money:
We need to show more sympathy for these people.
- They travel miles in the heat.
- They risk their lives crossing a border.
- They don’t get paid enough wages.
- They do jobs that others won’t do or are afraid to do.
- They live in crowded conditions among a people who speak a different language.
- They rarely see their families, and they face adversity all day ~ every day.
I’m not talking about illegal Mexicans ~I’m talking about our troops!
Doesn’t it seem strange that so many are willing to lavish all kinds of social benefits on illegals, but don’t support our troops?
Wouldn’t it be great if we took the $360,000,000,000 (that’s billion) we spend on illegals every year, and spend it on our troops!
A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to‘The United States of America ’ for any amount, up to and including their life.
And I think back to the sacrifices this country made in the last declared war- WWII (in case you needed a refresher) where everyone pitched in for the war effort. And, all men were equally expected and eligible to serve.
Before we end up with war on the streets of America, it’s time that the burden of this war is equally distributed across all socio-economic classes. It’s time to hand the bill off to the richest Americans, who live in safety and have their freedom, because our poor are asked to do their fighting.
It’s time to put the brakes on the tax breaks for the rich- and the privileges of being an American without having to share in the sacrifice that everyone of the working class is making- paying $4 a gallon, going without health insurance and living in homes that are upside down.
Put a war tax on incomes over $1 million a year until our troops are home, and make it hurt. It’s the only way we’re going to get Congress to stop squandering our tax dollars in Afghanistan and Iraq while the people at home struggle. And if you’re super rich and don’t like it- you can either buy off your congressmen to stop the war, or take your money and go live somewhere else- because if things don’t get better soon- this country might look like somewhere else where the people revolted. Take a look at the Arab Spring for starters.