I, of course, knew that I was going to write about income inequality this morning. I’m tired of it and I’m tired of seeing (and living) the consequences of unbridled greed by the thieves at the top of the money pile. I’m tired of pretending that the greatest fortunes of our society (or any society, for that matter) were created by the person who amassed them through pluck, determination, and hard work. Those stories are fictions presented by the people who want you to believe.
One part is true, of course. The “hard work” part. Someone did the “hard work.” My issue is, it’s almost NEVER the person who keeps the vast majority of the proceeds for themselves. In short, those fortunes are – more often than not – the result of outright theft.
So I got up this morning and discovered that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC from here on in…) has discussed a top tax rate of 73%. Awesome. I see an opinion piece from leading economist Paul Krugman defending AOC’s suggestion. I’m heartened. There ARE people out there who understand that allowing the richest to keep all the wealth produced by other people’s labor benefits nobody but the richest, doing incredible harm to everyone else.
I ALSO saw a hit piece written by the insanely crazy CATO Institute suggesting – against every available piece of verifiable information – that FDR’s New Deal actually harmed most Americans. (I really couldn’t believe it. The New Deal was the economic model that made America into the greatest economy the world had ever seen…) Conservatives will believe it, though, because conservatives have been fed a steady stream of falsehood and lies for so long, the stories seem, to conservatives, like they must be true. But the CATO position is NOT true. It doesn’t even take much research to discover the fact but, being honest, here, conservatives aren’t exactly known for their willingness to do their own research.
The information in those preceeding two paragraphs gives me hope. Americans are starting to wise up and dropping their fear of saying – out loud – Supply Side Economics is bullshit and we want a NEW New Deal. The thieving ‘Have-mores’ must also be detecting the whiffs of inequality fatigue so they’re sending out marching orders to their think tanks to undermine…well…facts and rational thought.
I expect to be writing about income inequality quite a bit, now, with more detail and specific focus on specific issues. For now, I think I just want to enjoy feeling hopeful for a change…
Presidumb Trump seems to really believe he can stop paying Federal workers for months and possibly years without consequence. (Don’t lose sight of the fact that while the Federal workers will eventually be reimbursed, the privatized contract workers will not. There WILL be economic consequences to his stubborn wrongheadedness…) He says he thinks those workers are perfectly willing to lose everything they have in life in support of his stupid, misguided wall. He might be right. His base is not fact-based. They’re faith-based and faith-based believers are often…unpredictable.
For me, I’ll be interested to see how long his base holds. It’s one thing to support philosophical positions when they’re abstract. It’s an entirely different ball of wax when it’s your own livelihood and well-being. When they get evicted because they can’t pay the rent, they’re going to KNOW they’ve been evicted because they didn’t get paid. Will they REALLY continue to support him in his quest to squander billions of dollars on a vanity project that won’t change anything with regards to immigration? Sections of his barrier already exist. People are already going over, under, and even through the fences. Yeah, let’s throw more money at that…
I’ll tell you this: I suspect the Trump Shutdown is going to end with little or no wall money so the only real questions are: how much personal damage is the base going to accept and how much damage is the GOP going to allow Trump to do to the brand before they step up and reign him in?