Good Morning, God!
Hmmm. Not long ago one of my blogs had a graph showing the top 1% of Americans having wealth going UP UP UP! The next 2% were mostly holding their own. But the other 97% were getting poorer.
At that point no one seemed to care. Well, I take that back, God! Warren Buffett and 40 other billionaires — who have pledged at least half of their wealth to charity — care. Forty billionaires. That’s 10% of the billionaires in America. It’s a start, God!
So, could this growing inequity be at the root of the new OccupyWallStreet movement? Is it that Americans’ sense of fair play has been violated? The folks who amped up the housing bubble walked away with billions — leaving a lot of home owners and institutions holding the bag. In fact, the World’s economy is in shambles.
Now, God, I know that greed is not limited to the rich. And I know that regulation is always a step behind need. But, it is kind of like Sony who after suing computer hackers didn’t even put basic security in place on their computers before they were really hit. Responsible organizations — and governments — ought at least to try to protect themselves.
Back to the 99%. I remember Kit’s mom saying that she was “thankful” that they had to pay so much in taxes. That statement looks amazing. And I remember my dad saying he didn’t want to soak the rich — he wanted to join them! I think that is what a lot of folks felt — until the scales tilted just a little — or a lot — too far.
So, God, I don’t really want another American Revolution — from the Left or the Right. But, I would like to see an adjustment.