My alternate title is Cracked.com Occupies the 1%. Here is a quick and easy diary. In a brilliant analysis that rivals anything put out by the Wall street Journal, WAPO, the Grey Lady, or even the Daily Show, none other than Cracked.com tears apart the worst arguments that many of the wealthiest make to justify earning 400 times your wage in a year before their capital gains profits. 6 Things Rich People Need to Stop Saying is hilarious and infuriating all at the same time. It's loaded with reasons you can send to your Neoconservative congressperson to let them know how you'll be voting in November. Or better yet, don't send it to them but to your neighbor or friend who is on the fence about the upcoming election, so that the rich keep making these absurd claims and they can hear it for themselves.
And if anyone has the time to make up Bullshit Bingo cards that use the fallacies in the article please let us know so that we can all play along. Selections like ""Well, $500,000 a Year Might Sound Like a Lot, but I'm Hardly Rich." which include things they think they are saying like "Well, $500,000 a Year Might Sound Like a Lot, but I'm Hardly Rich" and what we hear when they say them such as "When my family's Aruba vacation went over budget, that was exactly like you being unable to afford medication for your child's excruciating chronic illness!" Or how "Once I pay for the helicopter, the helicopter fuel, the townhouse and the Lexus, I barely have more spending money than your entire yearly salary."
The Cracked.com site is well regarded by those in the skeptical community in part not only for their Onion or Colbert-like humor but because they are known to, in actual scholarly fashion, link to cite the rationale behind the arguments they make. Such as how author David Wong explains why the 1% think that making $500,000 a year makes it difficult to survive in Manhattan or why $200k barely goes far enough in Toronto.
So go have a laugh, write down some talking points, and get fired up for the upcoming warmer weather and political smackdown that the our political and economic system has coming to it as we move forward to re-Occupy our country.