While most citizens suffer in silence from America’s economic fallout, our nation’s politicians reign completely free of such economic woes because they are not subject to the crippling regulations, impoverishing laws, and unjust rules they force upon the population at large. Thanks to the nation’s economic priorities, the streets of Oakland, California, as elsewhere across the country, are permanently riddled with defeated citizens, down-sized laborers, desperate panhandlers, disabled veterans, displaced families, and homeless individuals. Unfortunately, many people who would like to earn a living are, through no fault of their own, unable to do so.
Politicians consistently hyper-tax workers, and restrict minimum wage increases, while seeking to increase the legal retirement age to 70. However, most employers would sooner hire someone in their 20s or 30s long before ever considering hiring someone over age 40. In the interim, politicians hope the majority of Americans will die long before they are ever allowed to file for, or collect a single penny of the social security benefits they have earned and worked for their entire lives.
In spite of the fact that ageism considers people over 40 obsolete, most Americans are forced to work for less than a living wage until they are finally able to apply for social security benefits upon retirement at age 65. This segment of employment purgatory, from age 40 to 65, is part of the reason so many average Americans feel forced into lives of crime (bank robbery, theft, graft, corruption, embezzlement, etc.) just to sustain their families. The more we pretend these conditions don’t exist, the worse they get.
Meanwhile, some politicians receive six-digit salaries for their entire lives after only one (1) term in office. They are able to “work” for a few years while our tax dollars are allocated for them to receive full pay, though no longer working, until the day they die. No wonder the nation’s politicians don’t care about the economic issues most citizens care about. They are exempt from the rules they force the general population to abide by; they are above the law. Our politicians are exempt from Healthcare Reform laws, Minimum Wage laws, Mandatory Retirement Age laws, sexual harassment lawsuits, and Student Loan Repayment laws. The more we pretend these disparities don’t exist, the worse they get.
So, now would be a good time to revisit an extremely revealing book, The Government Racket: Government Waste from A to Z, by Martin Ross. In this insightful masterpiece, Martin Ross reveals the following socio-political inequalities paid for with our tax dollars: Americans pay for our politicians’ personal limousines, federal vehicles, VIP airplanes, personal lawyers, private chaplains, personal benefits (paid college and grad school tuition), paid child care, paid health care, paid vacations, paid pension plans, paid political junkets (freebies, trips, and perks for family and friends), etc. They receive phenomenal awards and benefits with no desire to pass on these, or similar rewards to the public. That’s not democracy folks; and no amount of patriotism, nationalism, or denial will correct these selfishly unjust double standards.
All of this self-serving legislation occurs as the country deteriorates from crumbling infrastructures, environmental toxins, and increasing natural disasters, while the economy collapses from real estate fraud, escalating bank failures, corporate mega-mergers, costly foreign wars, and military invasions-&-occupations. When is enough, enough?
During these times of economic catastrophe, Demon-crats and their Repulsive-kin retire after a few months, cool and calm, collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. At the same time, they are free to earn millions on university lecture circuits, through personal appearances and interviews, as well as from royalties on book deals, all the while receiving (not earning) their original six-digit incomes after only one term in office. So now would be a good time to take an unforgettable quote from the 1976 MGM classic film, Network, starring William Holden and Faye Dunaway –“I’m mad as hell; and I’m not taking it anymore!”