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There’s been a lot of talk about the “one percent” – meaning the one percent of the wealthiest Americans.  That would be 3,000,000 people.  The truth is it’s more like “one-fifth-of-one-percent” – more like 600,000 people who control more than 95% of all the wealth in this country...

First of all, I’m not talking about the rare exceptions – people such as Bill gates, Michael Dell or Steve Jobs – people who started their own companies and who, in the best tradition of capitalism, deserve their wealth.  No, I’m talking about people who are employees of shareholders, but who have managed to scrape off millions of other people’s money and make it their own.  They do it in a variety of ways.   There’s a “country club” at the top.  Chief Execs get boards of directors to vote them salaries of $100,000,000, $200,000,000 and more.  That money belongs to the company shareholders, but they take it anyway.  They have “golden parachutes” that allow them to walk away with countless millions of dollars if their company is bought out.  Even if they run their company into the ground, they manage to walk away with millions.

If we call for restraints on the obscene ways the super rich fill their pockets, the republicans have the nerve to accuse us of class warfare!  That’s the most hypocritical thing I’ve ever heard anyone say in my whole life.  And that is saying something!

The truth is more like this:  They have already beaten us in battle.  They have taken us prisoner and thrown us in jail.  They have hog-tied us and deprived us of food.  Then, when we look up and tell them they should free us and give us food, they say, “Oh, so you want to start a class war?” Or worse....label us LAZY - the 47% who feel "entitled" and want nothing but a handout ripped from the pocket of our neighbor...

This is crazy talk. Shame shame shame. The growing divide in our community makes me sick!

Class warfare?????? We need to wake up and realize the war is being waged against the middle class by the super wealthy.

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  •  Elections (0+ / 0-)

    bring out the worst in us.

    "In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."- Albert Camus

    by valadon on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 01:08:12 PM PDT

  •  There is a real class war going on out (6+ / 0-)

    there. It started in the 80s. And as for your examples of people who "earned" their wealth, let look at the facts. Steve Wozniak invented the Apple II and other engineering projects, Jobs never engineered anything in his life. But he could pick out pretty designs that people would but after he came back to Apple after nearly ruining the company in the 80s.

    Bill Gates adapted, not created the BASIC programming language for an early microcomputer. And then he resold an operating system to IBM after having bough the company that created the operating system for cheap and lying to the real creators.

    Mike Dell never designed a computer. He cloned IBM PCs and sold them cheap through mail order. The real creative genius's behind the tech revolution never really profited financially from their work. They were passionate heroes who carried little about money. They were more interested in inventing the future to worry about cashing in. And this goes for the guys who invented the internet and networking also. For them the payoff was the invention. For guys like Gates and Jobs the payoff was the money and the control.

    The class war is really and we are losing. And anti-union Democrats are helping wage the class war against the workers and the poor. And the Democrats who held up and watered down bank reform and health care reform.

    So what are we going to do after the election about the issues facing workers and the poor. Time will tell. But right now the job is to defeat Republicans. Then we can focus on party issues.

    •  Exactly!, well.. not exactly and Plus (1+ / 0-)
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      Exactly my feelings on these 3 men. Thanks for saving me the typing time.

      well.. not exactly I figure. I think class warfare has been with us a very long time. I see the 80's as just the start of a renewed and prolonged offensive.

      Plus (since you saved me all  the time typing grin)
      This diary brought to mind an article in my local paper, back in the early Reagan years, by the then wife of my current Governor Mark Dayton.
      Regarding the Reagan tax cuts, she said, to paraphrase, that her maid received $20 extra per pay check because of the cuts while she had benefitted to the toon of $1,800 comparbably. She went on to say she didn't need the extra $1,800 and the extra $20 a month didn't really help her maid much. She thought that was just wrong!
      oh how times haven't changed

      •  I see the 1980s as a turning point in attitudes (0+ / 0-)

        towards the poor and working classes, the labor movement, regulation, and a loss of opportunities to address the environment and dependence on fossil fuel. Notice also that in popular culture there has been little totally new innovation in culture other than hiphop (which I am much too old to appreciate).

        The major innovations happened based on technological discoveries made in the 50s, 60s, 70s. We have just been cashing in since then.

  •  Well said... (1+ / 0-)
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    Thank you for reminding me that I'm not crazy and the only one who thinks like this. Living in Boehnerville ain't easy damnit!

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