Here’s Your Trickle Down

Hey, Tea Party morons and most other Republican supporters (and no small amount of independent voters, too)!

Do you want to know why people who earn $250,000 or more should be taxed at a higher rate (like the wealthy used to be in the early- and mid-20th century)?

First of all, they represent around 3% of the U.S. population, so they most certainly aren’t the bulk of hard-working Americans who have trouble making ends meet.

But you know what the real reason is?

This figure:

The richest 1% of Americans now take home almost 24% of the income in the nation, up from around 9% of the income in 1976.

Yeah, do you still believe the myth launched by Ronald Reagan, and perpetuated by Republicans ever since, that if you let the wealthy keep more of their money, the whole nation will benefit?

If you do, you’re an idiot, as there is no clearer evidence of the fact that if you give them huge tax breaks so they can hang on to their excessive wealth, they don’t spread it around. Instead, they hoard even more of it.

Company executives get paid more and more outrageous salaries even though they don’t work THAT much harder than their employees (do you really think your company CEO works 40 to 100 times harder than you do? Get real). Companies won’t give workers raises that match or keep ahead of inflation, and take away more and more days off and more of their benefits, and make them pay more and more for health insurance…just so that they can keep making their top execs richer and richer.

Reagan’s trickle down theory DOES work.

But it isn’t money trickling down to all of us poor folks and us blue collar, pink collar and middle class professionals.

It’s the hot piss of the rich running down our backs as they laugh.


5 Responses to “Here’s Your Trickle Down”

  1. November 7, 2010 at 2:17 am

    I just threw out the “40 to 100 times harder” jibe at random, but you know what’s depressing?

    In 1980, the CEOs of the largest U.S. companies did, on average, earn a little over 40 times as much as the average American worker.

    By the early 2000s, those same CEOs were earning an average of 531 TIMES THE PAY OF THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WORKER.

    Yeah. All caps. I’m pissed. Really. A CEO is worth THAT much, when companies are failing so much?

    Maybe the economy and the companies would be doing better if more of that money was going to their workers’ health benefits or their raises.

  2. November 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    you should look up jordan zimmerman, CEO of zimmerman advertising. i love him personally, but despise his politics. you’ll understand why.

  3. November 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    btw i reposted this on my facebook.

  4. November 16, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Sweet! You’re the first person (to my knowledge) to have reposted me in social media of any kind. I’m not even sure if my wife has done that yet.

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