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Friday, December 26, 2008

Inability of the wealthy to connect the dots = stupid

It never ceases to amaze me how preternaturally stupid the wealthy in this country are. Let's make that our meme ā€“ not that wealthy right wingers are unfair, or mean, or uncaring or selfish, but that they are knock-down, drop-dead STUPID. They simply are incapable of connecting the dots between (a) workers who can play an active part in looking out for themselves, (b) better incomes in general for the middle class and below, (c) a belief among most Americans that the system, including the tax system, is about as fair as it can be and is not stacked in favor of the wealthy. They are unable to recognize that those lead to higher confidence across-the-board, and that higher confidence translates into a strong economy, and a strong economy with better results for the middle and lower classes means a bigger pie for everyone. It most certainly does not mean that those normally disfavored people are grabbing a bigger piece and the wealthy are ending up with less. They seem unable to get it: that if the pie is bigger, that means the wealthy will do better than they do when the poor and middle class are treated like dirt.

In other words, a + b + c = Cā€™ (aggregate national confidence) = E+ (better economy) = P+ (bigger pie) = M+ (more for everyone). It should be as plain as the noses on their faces they routinely spite. It certainly was clear in the 90s, when incomes at the bottom of the scale grew faster than they had in decades, and, voila! ā€“ the wealthy made out very well, too, thank you very much.

Of course, the fact that it is so plain leads directly to the suspicion that the number one objective of these people is not to have more wealth, but to be able to treat some people like dirt.

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