Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bob Edgar: Our Country Is Crashing. It's Time To Get Mad!

Bob Edgar: Our Country Is Crashing. It's Time To Get Mad!

I'm so angry I can't find words angry enough to express it. I want to hit somebody, anybody. And for the life of me I can't understand why everyone doesn't feel the same way.

Our country is a mess. Millions of us are out of work. Millions more are working as hard as or harder than ever and have less and less to show for it. We're bogged down in a couple of wars we're not really sure we should be fighting and for 10 years we've been paying for them with borrowed money.

Meanwhile, the fortunate few at the top of the economic pyramid are getting richer than ever, more powerful than ever. Some have succeeded thanks to hard work and ingenuity -- good for them. But too many are hoarding their money or exporting jobs by the millions, taking advantage of cheap, overseas labor. They enjoy tax rates less than half as high as those paid by the wealthy in the 1950s and '60s and they whine at the mere suggestion that they should chip in a bit more to help out their country.

"Higher taxes kill jobs," they moan. "Your taxes have been low, historically low, for a long time now. How many jobs are you creating?" I wonder. "Higher taxes on the rich are class warfare," they say. "Seems like the super rich have already gone to war -- and they're winning," I answer.

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