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Those 1%ers are whining again

July 26, 2009

The rich keep getting richer and the poor, well…you know about the poor. Now before you go shouting “commie-pinko-socialist-blahblahblah” and throwing your drink at your keyboard, understand that I don’t have a problem with anyone making money. Hell, I’m all for EVERYONE making money.

Here’s something to keep in mind when you hear the bitching and moaning about those making more than $280,ooo a year: That wealthiest 1% that we’ve been hearing about for years and years? They’re not only getting more of a share of American $, their tax rate is at its lowest in 20 years.

Why does this bother me? Because they are the ones behind the stalling of health care reform. Real reform. Read

  • Through bonuses, many 1-percenters will profit from the $23 trillion in bailout largesse the Treasury Department now says could be headed to financial firms. And most of them benefit from IRS decisions to reduce millionaire audits and collect zero taxes from the majority of major corporations.

As Sirota points out, those making $1mil a year, would pay 9/10 of 1% of what they make in a year. Go ahead and round it to1%. They would pay a paltry 1%.  When they wah-wah-wah, they enlist their political buds and the glam media (anyone thinking Rupert Murdoch here? GE? Disney?), who conveniently ignore data about inequality and scold us 99% about how we’re picking on the elite. Wah wah wah.  And their scare tactics are working. Admit it. That’s one of the reasons people are wishywashy on health care reform.

These cavalrymen in both parties quietly build insurmountable campaign war chests as the biggest corporate fundraisers in Congress. At the same time, they publicly preen as jes’ folks, make twangy references to “voters back home,” and now promise to kill the healthcare surtax because they say that’s what their communities want. Cash payoffs made, reelections purchased, the absurd story somehow goes that because blue-collar constituents in Flyover America like guns and love Jesus, they must also reflexively adore politicians who defend 1-percenters’ bounty.

And here’s why Obama gets under their skin :

For his part, Obama has responded with characteristic coolness — and a powerful counterstrike. “No, it’s not punishing the rich,” he said. “If I can afford to do a little bit more so that a whole bunch of families out there have a little more security, when I already have security, that’s part of being a community.”

Here’s something for you to do. If the average person loses about 100 hairs a day (it’s really less than that, but we’ll stick with easy numbers), save whatever comes off your head for 220 days. (If you are hair challenged, you’ll have to do dried beans or something.) Of course, if you tell people that you’re saving your hair, they’re going to think that your batshit crazy…and you might be, but that’s another discussion. Put it in some box that you have lying around. At the end of 220 days, separate it out so that you get a real good visual. That’s the number of people that die a year due to lack of health insurance. 22,000.

Now, which life was worth that sacrifice?

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