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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Dear Serfs

I love you. I really, really do! But then, lots of people love you--in a really demeaning sickening kind of way.

By "lots of people," I mean that 0.01% of the population loves you--the very, very rich and powerful such as the Koch brothers, hedge fund managers, a couple of Supreme Court justices, and the kinds of people that drink $350.00 bottles of wine and go to meetings at Rancho Mirage. Oops, I can see I am going to have trouble finding the humor in this!

Oh, did I say "Dear Serfs?" I meant to say Dear Minions, Peasants, and Servile Dependent Underling Subordinant Sycophants--the kinds of Serfs that support feudalism and promote it.

I just love how you can live in modest houses in modest neighborhoods earning modest livings with virturally no savings, no investments, no power, no net worth outside your homes and still find it in your hearts to support your Lords and Masters in the Republican Party, on Wall Street, in the Supreme Court, and in the media.

In other words, "Dear Republican Right-Wing-Nuts! Hope I didn't hurt your feelings.

How do you do you keep your delusions!?! How do you manage to continue to support and, frankly adore, your Lords and Masters? It is amazing!

I am frankly envious of the 0.01%. Good grief--if my math is correct, someone at this level of wealth has as much annual income (from investments, of course) as 1,000 families in the bottom 90%. I want a few houses, and a few cars, and a few boats and a few...a few more really big things! Why aren't you just green with envy of the Koch brothers?

But, no. No. You Serfs are modest people--or possibly you are really, really confused. You are envious of...I cannot believe it are envious of school teachers? And snow plow drivers? And, sanitation workers? You think they make too much money? Yes, you think school teachers make too much money. I wish my mother were alive! She was a school teacher. She would die laughing.

Before the current crisis in Wisconsin, folks in Janesville were just sick with envy of General Motors line employees. Yes, you heard that right. They could have been envious of Donald Trump or the CEO of General Motors--or the Board of Directors. But, no, they were envious of people who did physical labor in an un-airconditioned plant with all the over-time they could get.

I have never heard you Serfs, er--I mean, you conservative Republicans--express outrage over the fact that CEO's make an average of 185 times more than the average worker and that average worker would be YOU. Why, you seem to support your Masters with your entire hearts and souls! You don't want them to pay anymore taxes! You don't want their banks and businesses to be constrained by common sense, or law, or morality, or regulation or ...

Oh, perhaps you don't know you're a Serf? Perhaps you think you are going to make it rich?

Hasn't anyone told you the deck is loaded? Haven't you heard--you are not going to become CEO's? You are not going to be the new "rags to riches" story? Hope I didn't hurt your feelings!

Rather than support unions and good wages and benefits, you RWN (Right-Wing-Nuts) want to decrease wages, benefits, and union rights for everyone--including yourselves? I've never understood that part of it. If you are a Republican with a union job working for the government, do you want to cut your own salary and benefits and give up your own union rights? Just askin'

Then, while simultaneously supporting the ultra-rich and powerful--with whom you have nothing in common (in fact, most Serfs have never met their Masters), being envious of school teachers who make squat/year, you RWN Serfs also manage to maintain the delusion that you are the wealthy privileged people that are supporting a vast hoard of poor welfare slobs and other social leeches. Say what?

Serfs, you are supporting the rich and powerful, school teachers and government workers are not the rich and powerful, and you are not the rich and powerful.

The richest 10% of Americans own 2/3 of American's net worth. The average income for the top 1% has risen 120% since 1979 while the income for the bottom 60% has flat-lined.

But, by golly, you support them with everything you have! No more taxes on anything or anyone for anything! No more regulation! Sell those state assets to private corporations! Lower wages! Bust unions. Get rid of benefits --who needs 'em! Increase the work day and work week! Bring back child labor! Those Lords and Masters need more money I don't know what because I've never met one! Because, God knows, they aren't creating more jobs!

The average income for the top 0.01% is over $30 million and you are worried sick about them having to pay a little bit more in taxes. Serfs, you are not disgusted by their greed. You are not disgusted by off-shore tax havens. You are not disgusted by tax loopholes for the ultra-rich. You are not disgusted by pay-to-play politics. You just love the freedom that the Supreme Court recently gave corporations to buy elections.

But, then, you share with me your disgust for people who are barely surviving on disability. And, you tell me that you don't really want people to die from lack of health care, but you shouldn't have to pay for it, either.

Serfs, I am confused. I really, really am. And, disgusted.

Your friend,


1 comment:

  1. "Yet the speaker, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell all voted for major drivers of the nation’s debt during the past decade: Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts and Medicare prescription drug benefits. They also voted for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, that rescued financial institutions and the auto industry.

    Together, a Bloomberg News analysis shows, these initiatives added $3.4 trillion to the nation’s accumulated debt and to its current annual budget deficit of $1.5 trillion."

    Yet, they are still supported by their Serfs!