The average worker has to put in one month’s worth of hours to match what the average CEO makes in one hour. The Top One Percent of earners in this country take home about a quarter of the total income and own about half the stocks, bonds and mutual funds in the United States. All of these facts stem from the epidemic of income inequality that has savaged our country’s middle class strength — the very thing that made us the most dominant power in the world. Did you know in 1976 the Top One Percent only brought in about 9% of the nation’s income? Well, you do now, thanks to me, but I learned these facts from watching this video, take a few minutes and do the same.
Why do people keep voting for Republican policies that only make this situation even more untenable? Ronald Reagan. Arthur Laffer. Ben Stein. The Bushes George. All of these people had a hand in twisting the tax code and Wall Street regulations to the point that we are at today. Rank and file Republicans have been convinced that the leaders of their party indeed are creating policies that will get us back to a better state of income distribution. The problem with that thinking is that their side has had ample opportunity in the last thirty years to prove that their economic policies actually work, and they’ve failed abysmally in that charge.
So how do we fix this? How do we get to a much more humane and ethical distribution of our country’s treasure? For starters, spread that video around. The power of social media cannot be understated. How many Mitt Romney lies were publicly splayed open, dissected and laughed at because of Facebook and Twitter users passing around the debunking evidence? If knowledge is power it’s up to those of us with the knowledge to impart it. The fact is that most Republican voters have an extremely slim chance of ever seeing the information in this video, but they desperately need it.
They need to see that we all pretty much agree on how income needs to be divided in this country. They need to see that while neither side has done enough to reverse the damage of Reaganomics, at least one side isn’t trying to push us back over that cliff and into AusterityVille. Just put the information out there. Not every Tom, Dick or Harry Republican is going to see the light, but it’d be naive to assume that’s even possible. We have to take back our economy one heart and one mind at a time. It seems preposterous that so many of us could agree on something, and yet our elected officials seem completely uninterested in carrying out our wishes.
They ignored us on background checks, are we going to let them get away with ignoring us on the economy? The 2014 mid-terms are not that far away. We could choose to live in the hype of gerrymandering and pre-determined outcomes, or we can spread videos like this one like wildfire. We can keep drawing attention to the fact that while it’s all well and good to bitch and complain about the kinds of jobs being created not being as good as the jobs that were lost, but when you’re part of the party that’s busy writing anti-abortion laws instead of jobs bills, you lose your right to bitch and moan.
Videos like this one actually give me hope, believe it or not — after I get over my rage at how blindingly stupid in the face of reality we can be in this country of course. If even sixty, seventy, or eighty percent of Americans surveyed had a shared vision of wealth distribution that would be headline-worthy news. But at 90% it’s just downright insane of us to not have people in power who have that shared vision in mind. If we all agree on what the distribution should look like, shouldn’t the fight in Washington be about how to get us there, not about whether to get us there at all?
2014 is coming, America. 92% of us want something better than what we have. Maybe we could take the next eighteen months or so figuring out which candidates share that vision, and are willing to put the policies in place to get us there. Is that naive? Is it a pipe dream? Quite possibly so; but when I watch a video that tells me nearly every single American polled agrees on any topic, I think a little myopic optimism is warranted, if only but for a short while.