I received some fairly nasty correspondence lately over some of my recent Obama posts, and seeing as I don’t usually rate getting hate mail, I was pretty proud of myself. The other result was my Inner Bitch has been scratching and clawing at my rib cage, and folks – that shit hurts.
The gist of the commentary was that I was stupid and a socialist for agreeing with Obama’s economic policies. That it’s the American dream to work hard and get rich.
NOW. I am all for working hard and getting your due.
But, really. Let’s break it down. 95% of the country make less than $250,000 per year. And of that 5% – there is an even smaller number that hit the precious 5 million a year mark that John McCain considers “rich.” And sure, while a great many of those people work hard, how many of them inherit their money like John McCain’s wife did? Now from importing BELGIAN beer, no less? How many of them went to college because it was a family legacy, like both Bush and McCain? How many of them didn’t get kicked out of the Navy after crashing 2 planes just because their grandfather was Admiral McCain? ON AND ON AND ON.
My point is, the rich have advantages to keep themselves rich. The poor have disadvantages that keep themselves poor.
Both candidates have a progressive tax system. THIS IS NOT SOCIALISM. It is killing me that people are acting like we’re all gonna be owning some collective cow. Give me a break. Do some reading.
And here’s the thing. I had an epiphany in the shower. (That’s where all good epiphanies happen.)
It’s like the lottery for these people, eh?
They hear McCain talk about the American Dream and the Promised Land, and they REALLY think that someone like Joe the
Fucking Moron Plumber could enter that world. Holy Jesus, above, that Joe Guy! He could enter that 5 Million Dollar Club. Maybe, so could I! And they are grasping and squeezing and clutching that ticket between their sweaty fingers and praying with all their might.
Well, let me tell you something, my friends.
That is FUCKING STUPID.
Joe the Plumber is an idiot who didn’t pay his taxes and isn’t even properly licensed to work as a plumber. He is talking out of his ass about shit he doesn’t understand and making grand accusations that are false, hurtful and ridiculous. He is getting attention and money and fame not for his hard work, but for his hard head.
That, my friends, is not the American Dream. That is the American Nightmare.
You all go get ’em today.