Bulls of greed
The Aspen Times’ new libertarian columnist cracks me up. Ironically her name is Sturm, German for “storm.” And we are getting a storm, a snowstorm (or, call it a “snow job”), in midsummer. Or, we could talk about the “sturm und drang,” generally translated as storm and stress.
Class war, she suggests, is “divisive and un-American.” I could not agree more. The only question is how we can get the very rich to stop it. The very wealthiest Americans have been rapidly increasing their share of the national wealth right through this depression; everyone else has been getting their clock cleaned. Hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent by right-wing political groups and the billionaires who back them – all with the goal of the rich get richer.
Never in my life time has there been such a concentrated attack on the social safety net, public education, organized labor, community action groups, community banking, environmental programs, and government programs at any level.
There is only one interest group that stands to benefit from all this, and that is the folks who pay (or should pay) the highest taxes. Warren Buffett just called them out. As Michael Parenti, the well known academic, liked to point out, there is only one thing that the ultra-wealthy want – and have always wanted – everything! And as Paul Krugman, Nobel laureate economist says: Here we go – banana republic.
Seems like we are either shoveling snow around here, or that other thing that comes from bulls.
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