Friday, April 8, 2011
Stooges for the rich
A chief target is the Environmental Protection Agency, which would be forbidden to regulate greenhouse gasses-- costs too many jobs, Republicans say. Of course this put me in mind of Tuesday night's trade union vocal support support for Palmer Renewable Energy's biomass proposal. Maybe those guys would agree with the Republicans on this one.
Here we are in the middle of the biggest upward transfer of wealth in eighty years and yet there are people out there thinking that making rich people richer is going to be good for them. Maybe they haven't thought about it that way; the typical Tea Party member is a sheep who cries out for tax cuts and smaller government and then won't be able to get her aging mother into adult day care and her kids into a decent school. No problem for the rich, though.
I sat in a meeting today that is trying to promote a campaign to increase state revenue by returning to a higher previous income tax rate with substantial personal exemptions for the bottom 60%. We spent a good bit of time talking about messaging and finding the right way to convey to the public that essential services are at risk-- firefighters, teachers, nurses, et cetera.
Meanwhile I'm wondering why we aren't out there telling the truth to people: the rich are stealing our lives! They don't care that they ruin our environment, consign our children to mediocrity, shorten our days.
And they don't even need the money.