I think one of the biggest problems facing this nation is inequity. I don’t care if you want to call me a “class warrior” for pointing it out. We have tons of people in the media who are owned by the 1% and get paid to run interference for them. FOX NEWS is a whole network that does the bidding of the 1% twenty-four hours a day. When I look at my local newspaper the Warren Tribune Chronicle I see like most newspapers they have syndicated columnist. These columnists are paid by the 1% and their conservative think tanks. In the Warren Tribune that includes columnists; Cal Thomas, Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Michele Malkin, George Will and Bill O’Reilly.
Frank Robinson the editor of the Tribune Chronicle puts his spin on issues to protect the interest of the owner of the newspaper. The owner also owns many other newspapers as well as the Pittsburgh Pirates. The biggest sad sacks are those lowly conservatives who defend the interest of the 1%s. They don’t do it for pay; they do it because they worship the wealthy 1%. Locally that includes frequent writers to the Warren Tribune like; Patrick M. Liste and Daniel Moadus who like to attack the poor over social welfare but will never mention the wealthy corporations that get corporate welfare. They are all about taking care of the greedy and bashing the needy. I note both men are from Girard, Ohio which makes me think something toxic is in the water in that city. I’m sure your local newspaper and local radio talk shows also have frequent writers and callers who protect the wealthy for zero pay.
I could go on and give you plenty of statistics that show the inequity in this country. I think a better idea to emphasize the greed of the 1% would be to use the words of a 1%er that I saw on Tavis Smiley’s show. This 1%er is a former Wall Street wolf named, Sam Polk. Here he confesses about his greedy life as a 1%er in this New York Times Letter to the Editor.
“A Native American grandfather talking to his young grandson tells the boy he has two wolves inside of him struggling with each other. The first is the wolf of peace, love and kindness. The other wolf is fear, greed and hatred.” “Which wolf will win, grandfather?” asks the young boy. “Whichever one I feed,” is the reply.
Sam Polk decided to no longer feed the wolf of fear, greed and hatred. Do you really believe the other 1% ers that feed that wolf of greed will see the same light like Sam? How long do you want to wait until these wolves devour us all?
Hypocrite of the week is a tie. First up is radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh who makes $30 million a year for working fifteen hours a week. Millionaire Rush has criticized New York City Mayor Blasio for wanting to raise the minimum wage in his city. Besides being a drug addict Rush is one of the biggest hypocrites on the planet.
Then we have Joe the Plumber from Toledo, Ohio. Joe is actually named Samuel Wurzelbacher and was the unlicensed plumber who confronted presidential candidate Obama in 2008. He asked Obama, “I’m getting ready to buy a company that makes 250 to 280 thousand dollars a year. Your new tax plan’s going to tax me more, isn’t it?” The company he was talking about was his bosses. The truth is his boss wasn’t interested in selling the company. Joe has called President Obama a socialist, spoken out against unions and was opposed to the Chrysler and GM bailouts. Joe is now a member of the UAW and is working for Chrysler at the Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio. Sam McAlinden chief economist for the non-profit Center for Automotive Research has said the Jeep plant would have been closed without the bailouts. Joe was hired this February and already claims he’s been called a “Tea Bagger” by fellow union co-workers. “I’m a Republican who was cast into the limelight for having the temerity to confront Barack Obama on the question of redistributing wealth,” Joe says. “But I’m a working man, and I’m working.” Joe is working despite opposing the bailouts and the President who supported those bailouts. Joe easily earns hypocrite of the week if not the century. To union members who work with Joe at the Jeep plant I’d say you need to keep your eyes on this guy as he is certainly destined to become a company snitch.
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“Man has responsibility, not power.” ~ Native American proverb.