If you work long hours. Sacrifice time from your family. And WORK HARD, you can achieve the American Dream. This my friends is the GOP plan for you, me and the rest of the 99%. Some may scoff at this idea but how do you explain the GOP’s platform? They use statements as above, and other statements, labels, etc. They want to make you believe that the dream is within reach. But why would they use lies and deceit on their constituents? To get you to work harder for one, making their friends, BIG BUSINESS profits! And profits sure are up and where is our piece of the pie?
According to payscale.com America’s average CEO compensation is $155,350. The pay ranges from $72,766-$410,190. These numbers are far from the ones framed on news networks, where the numbers are in the MILLIONS. As is the case for Discovery Communications David Zaslav, who in 2014 made over $156 million. http://www.aflcio.org/Corporate-Watch/Paywatch-2014/100-Highest-Paid-CEOs
No wonder the Top 1% own 40% of the economy! http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/10/03/334156/top-five-wealthiest-one-percent/
Now what to do? Do we elect representatives that support capping CEO pay? I think most of us can agree that the average of $155,350 is not a ridculous amount of money. But $156 million? again that is just one person. And this would be where the GOP use these words in LOUD tones…income redistribution! They may possibly say “taking away the incentive(s) for people to work hard. And sadly too many of us are not understanding their tricks. How many time have you heard someone say this and they aren’t even RICH? Our economy and the future wealth of the 99% is much like a lottery. Not tickets but who you are born to. If you are born in the richest like CEO David Zaslav family, you will have it made. If you are anywhere in the 99%, well you might just be playing the lottery or gambling at a casino in the hopes of getting rich. And many of us already are. In 2014 gross receipts of state lotteries totaled over $70 billion. http://www.statista.com/statistics/215265/sales-of-us-state-and-provincial-lotteries/ (Buying a dream?)
The majority of American’s have hooked on to a dream, “The American Dream”that is no longer in reach. Good paying jobs are not in our economy. They have been shipped away to countries who can make products far cheaper, because labor is far cheaper. One may call it slave labor. And America’s future looks not better, but far worse with the Trans Pacific Partnership on the horizon. More lost jobs, declining wages so the jobs that would remain can compete!?
The only way our future can possibly look different is for the voters to become active. Understand the candidates and understand what/who they really represent. We can talk about limiting the terms of Congress, and we can demand it! But nobody in Congress will listen or vote for a bill that would cut their own throats. But we have the power to change this, in the voting booth.
What we need to remember is simple we need to ask WHY. How did we get to the point where Social Security needs to be reformed? Because those we trusted did not pay the bill. Now we must? Why are most of America’s state pensions in the red and heading to insolvency? Because those states chose not to pay their bill. Why is America’s inter-structure crumbling? Because our government has chose tax-breaks for the rich over investment in our country. The list can go on but i am sure you get the point.
The politics of income disparity is complicated. But you and I will never fully understand the issue until we ask the question, “Why” to any of these. More importantly “Why did you let this happen and what will you do?” this is certainly not partial to just Republicans. All incumbents should be held equally to task to answer the TOUGH questions.