There is a highly unjust and dangerous
concentration of wealth in this country. 10% of Americans own 71% of the country's
wealth. There's just not enough left for the other 90% any more.
The situation is getting worse,
Why aren't the American people up in
From what I can gather from those
sending comments to this website, the 90% majority who are getting royally
screwed seem convinced that this state of affairs is just the result of some
natural process, or the efficient functioning of a free market.
That's dead wrong. But after a
lifelong, heavy dose of brainwashing, the majority of the population
probably would defend the current setup.
In reality, the mechanism that has
created and perpetuated this horror show goes by the name of "law of
Those at the top of the economic
mountain basically try to squeeze as much as they can out of everyone else
without inciting a revolution that would bring the guillotine back in
I know of no engraved stone tablets
wherein it is commanded that CEO's should make 475 times as much as
Nor could it honestly be said that a
"free market" has set those CEO pay levels, or led to any of the
myriad of other gross economic disparities between the elite of this country
and the rest of the population.
No, the truth is, as even that
conservative icon, George Will, admits,
"...a mature capitalist economy
is a government project. A properly functioning free market system
does not spring spontaneously from society's soil as dandelions spring
from suburban lawns.
"Rather, it is a complex creation of laws and mores..."
Will was admittedly trying to argue
that this "government project" is designed to ensure transparency
and avoid Enrons. That's ridiculous.
The government project is designed --
from the point of view of the richest Americans -- to at worst, maintain the
status quo, and at best (for them) to continue to shift a larger and larger
percentage of the nation's wealth to their offshore bank accounts.
Those who design and control a system
will naturally set up its "laws and mores" to benefit themselves,
There used to a safety valve. We
used to have a much more progressive tax system in this country. The
top rate used to be 90%. But the wealthy convinced the majority that
if that 90% was cut in half, and then cut even more, everyone would
benefit. But the only result has been the increasing concentration of
wealth in this country.
I can't imagine what it will take to
get people to open their eyes and realize, "Hey, we're all being
shafted here. Enough is enough."