Apex predators are (almost?) always the smartest animals in their ecological niche. Yeah, I know baleen whales can be smart, but toothed whales are smarter. Chimpanzees actually wage wars against “enemy” chimpanzee tribes.
Human beings are (arguably) the smartest apex predators on the planet, so we’re “wired” to be libertarians; winner-take-all pricks who truly don’t care about their fellow man. “As long as I’ve got mine/more than you…”
So it’s no wonder that the selfish pricks have taken over the world. Again. Not for the first time.
The only question is, when do the rest of us start killing them, again, like in the French Revolution? I don’t want cake crumbs, I want my neighbor to be able to keep his house! It’s an age-old battle that will be fought many times before the sun eventually burns out.
All of which is cover for posting this link, which I have not yet read to the end. I just want to save it and read it tomorrow.
A Congress Of the Wealthy, By the Wealthy, and For the Wealthy
Here’s how it starts:
When the President of the United States delivers his State of the Union message next week, he’ll be speaking to the wealthiest Congress in history. What does it mean for a representative democracy when most of its representatives are insulated from the real-world economic experiences of its citizens?
A new report from Open Secrets shows that, for the first time, the average member of Congress is worth more than $1 million. It’s hard to say how much more, because the House has adopted the Senate’s less stringent financial reporting requirements, but most representatives are, as they used to say back home, “pretty well fixed.” More than half of them are worth more than $1 million, according to Open Secrets.
Some members of Congress aren’t wealthy, of course. But if the President sticks with his recent theme of inequality next week, he’ll be doing it in front of an audience that has disproportionately benefited from the very phenomenon he’ll be describing. Some reports say that the president may ask for an extension of unemployment benefits, too. If so, he’ll be proposing it to a room full of people who are unlikely to ever feel unemployment’s anguish and terror themselves.
Red state GOP voters and ESPECIALLY teabaggers are stupid. Really. Just stupid. Baleen whale stupid. I mean, “leave me alone, I want to stand here and pound my head against this brick wall a while longer” stupid. I don’t even want to talk to them, any more.
A poor person paying income tax at a 20-25% rate, even up to 39%(?) defending rich fuckers paying 15% (translates to 7-9% when you have a good accountant, see “Mitt Romney won’t release his tax returns because his rich buddies would turn on him for revealing their scam” for details) is beyond my ability to understand.
When people say “I don’t understand economics” I think “yeah, but I bet you know that the fundamental rule of economics is ‘supply and demand’, don’t you?”
Put all of the money into a few hands, and there’s no demand. No demand means no need for supply. No need for supply and the jobs dry up.
Sometimes I just want to punch people for being so willfully stupid (not willfully ignorant, willfully stupid).