The Poor Get Poorer….

 

PoorThere is one rule that works in every calamity, be it pestilence, war, or famine: The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. The poor even help arrange it  — October 31, 1929  Will Rogers

The quote from Will above just shows us that this saying that “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer” has been around for quite a while. It has been a fact of life for longer than we can imagine. But the last sentence is pure Will. I just can’t wrap my mind around how so many of us poor folks around that support the radical right in our country. I don’t think they enjoy being poor and don’t want the money that the extremely wealthy pulls from them every year. It used to be that our prosperity was shared across all economic scales, now thanks to the right wing politics it has pretty much all flowed to the top.  Maybe one of the reasons some of the poor actually help this happen is because they naively haven’t given up the dream that someday they too will be rich and getting richer.  The Republican party used to be called the “red meat” party; that is they went to the jugular. Now they seem to have turned the red meat into sausage.

Now don’t get me wrong here, I don’t expect all poor people, and we must face the fact that almost all the wealth has been gobbled up by less than two percent of us, will somehow automatically jump into the Democratic party. The basic problem with that party is that most Democrats haven’t accepted the idea that “Life is not fair”. Those folks keep wanting to give even the free-loaders among us, and there are a lot of them, the free ride they desire.  They can’t seem to understand that many, if not most, of those folks who are drowning in debt got there on their own account. No one forced them to get that next back breaking loan. Enticed maybe but not forced.

Having said that, there are a lot of hard working folks that have just got caught in this “rich get richer” world. They once had pretty good paying jobs but those were shipped overseas and now they are working two minimum wage jobs and falling further and further behind. While corporate profits have soared in the last three decades the living wage for the ordinary guy has practically disappeared. Those are the guys we should be helping. But the problem with this is that so many others who are just on the other side of the unemployment fence continue to support the party that is taking away the american dream away from them.  I just can’t understand as Will says why some poor folks help arrange the rich getting richer….

But I’m just a simple guy so what do I know….

2 thoughts on “The Poor Get Poorer….

  • Took me a while to find the little “reply” button! I agree completely with your premise. It is almost like a store owner handing a gun to the would-be-robber. Why the poor, minorities, or women don’t run screaming in the opposite direction defies logic.

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    • Yeah the reply seems to be almost anywhere in many blog themes. This theme is more “crisp” than the it replaced but has its own weaknesses. Like you I don’t understand how almost 30% of the population call themselves Republicans when the GOP seems to only really represent about 2% of the population from an economic standpoint. I would guess most are there due to the abortion issue and then just tag along for all the rest….

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