Wednesday, February 02, 2005

MIGHTY EXPENSIVE KOOL-AID

By Tamara

during an online debate with a conservative today, i was again amazed at how in love with 'corporations' and 'big business' so many middle class americans are. they truly seem to have the idea that the company store is there to protect their interests. i never cease to be truly shocked at the gullibility of the american people.

why do companies hire people at all? out of the goodness of their heart?

they hire people because they need them- supply and demand. and they hire them for as little as they can possibly pay them- the bottom line.

they are COMPANIES- CORPORATIONS. they don't breathe, they don't care, and they don't ever get sick or need healthcare.

when the supreme court granted 'personhood' status to corporations under the 14th amendment, they gave corporations the ultimate advantage over REAL CITIZENS- those of us who the constitution was intended to protect and empower.



it is shocking, really, how swiftly and STRONGLY big business has moved to eliminate all worker benefits. they can't move fast ENOUGH to screw workers! its as if they are afraid that next week americans will wake up and rise up and kick their asses- so they aren't marching, they are running as fast as they can with CATASTROPHIC haste and greed.

meanwhile, the minimum wage is stagnant at a rate of HALF the 'living wage' that americans need to support their families. the richest fifth of americans earn ELEVEN TIMES what the bottom fifth earns.

in 1980, the highest paid employee of a company earned 42-1 what their employees earned- now the ratio is 500-1.

just before the depression, the wealthiest 10% owned 90% of the wealth. after post-depression reform, their slice of pie went down to a healthy 40%, and this country prospered as a whole UNTIL NOW-
we are back to pre-depression era inequality again, and where before the wealthiest TEN percent owned 40% of the wealth, now the wealthiest ONE percent owns 40%...

yet they want more... and more... and more... one would think they'd be wealthy enough, that they'd slow down and be a bit more SUBTLE about their motives- but they could never get enough...

so greedy that they will end up destroying it all-

they are traitors to our nation, so beautifully laid on a foundation of equality. they seek to undermine our government, to cruelly lay waste to our land, to rape our resources, to impoverish our children, and to make a mockery of our forefathers.

HOW DARE THEY CALL THEMSELVES PATRIOTS.

the founders of this nation were opposed to concentrated wealth, and viewed it as antithetical to democratic values. ben franklin once said, "no man ought to own more property than needed for his own livelihood." john adams said that when wealth became concentrated in a few hands, political power naturally flowed to the few- resulting in TYRANNY.

jefferson actually mentioned sliding scale taxation on property to result in EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH-
"another means of silently lessening the inequality of property is to exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and to tax the higher portions of property in geometrical progression as they rise."

today's right wing would label jefferson, franklin, adams, and many other of our founding fathers socialists. they've invented a new mcCarthyism, ushered in by the newt gingrich/rush limbaugh/fox news corporate mouthpieces...

and this country is doomed to economic catastrophe unparalleled since the great depression if americans do not WAKE UP before it is too late...

GOD BLESS AMERICA- and god help us all.

6 Comments:

Blogger Mr. Natural said...

Isn't it AMAZING how FAST and DEEP the bullshit piles around them, and they cannot see it for thier greed...it just blows my mind....

February 5, 2005 at 2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tamara

thank you.

May 24, 2005 at 7:25 PM  
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