Several years ago I saw a film about two hotel maids. In this film, whose name is beyond my recall and my googling ability, one young maid asks the other, “What are rich people afraid of?” Her friend, and fellow housekeeper responds, “Not being rich.”
Perhaps, that is the problem. The super-moneyed of this nation are just insecure. The oil baron Koch brothers are frightened. Billionaire casino owners, Wall Street manipulators, and those incredibly affluent CEO’s of the US Chamber of Commerce are terrified. That’s it. That’s why they spend their waking hours and hard earned millions on electing and influencing office holders. They are protecting their stuff. And their tactics seem to be working.
GingRich blames the poor of this country. Fraudulent mortgages, and concocted derivatives were not the culprits. The financial instruments that caused our country's economic chaos were food stamps. Ya see, it’s simple, there are just too many poor folk (aka Blacks) who love to get something for nothing. That S.O.B. Obama is taking our money, giving it to those greedy bastards (his people), and they are using food stamps to buy cheese for their kids. That’s the problem; it’s those people of color using food stamps. It’s obvious and it’s intolerable!
Romney (did you ever notice that 83% of his name consists of M-O-N-E-Y?) , a man with a net worth of hundreds of millions, who is building a twelve million dollar home so his grandkids can comfortably visit, pays an effective tax rate of 15% , yet audaciously accuses Obama of inciting the “bitter politics’ of envy.” My God, (Santorum’s advisor) that lying Obama has the chutzpah of making food stamp users envious of hard-working, job-making billionaires. The envy should be in reverse. Go ahead, name a billionaire CEO, who, given the opportunity, wouldn’t gladly give up his/her busy, mind draining day to live in the urban slum, have no worries and live off food stamps.
Those maids were so correct. It is exhausting to unceasingly plot, bribe, cajole, influence and lobby day after day to protect your billions. Guarding your wealth demands that you call for an end to the EPA and its regulations. The compulsion to protect your bundle demands sacrificing the future health and safety of your children and grandchildren. Your station in life demands this sacrifice. Jesus, (Rick Santorum, again) what a terrible drag.
And to top it off there are no guarantees. It is core rattling to think that the Romanovs of Russia had it all, and then, lights out. The Bourbons of France masterly had all working smoothly when, in a flash, they lost it all, including a couple of heads. They labored and toiled. They controlled the government, the courts, the religious leaders and whap, gone in an instant. Is there no security?
Romney’s, GingRich’s and Santorum’s puppeteers pull the strings; they own FOX and the Wall Street Journal. Yet, there is no guarantee of keeping the wealth. Add in the pesky Internet with its capacity to inform, and mobilize, and your really have tsouris.
The Koch’s of the world have choices. (I know; last week, I said there was no free will, but I can’t help myself) They can purchase armed guards, razor wire, and politicians while simultaneously despoiling the world and manipulating the people of few means to blame those of no means, or they can use their wealth and its concomitant power to make this a better and safer world; they can invest in the future, not plundering, but building. If they do the latter, my guess is they will still have a pretty nice lifestyle; of course, they would still have to do without those food stamps. Matt 1/19/2012