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A Reflection from Bill McCartney

Posted by East Ohio MFSA on May 10, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Another brilliant essay from our very own "Mac"! 

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Some TV ads are so annoying, they’re downright reprehensible. An especially offensive one on Columbus TV says, "I want it all. I want it all. I want it all, and I want it now." What a blatant appeal to greed and impatience! It’s so repulsive I pay no attention to the sponsor.

Unfortunately this selfish ad could be the theme song of our nation’s monied interests -- and the politicians dependent on their campaign contributions. It isn’t enough that the rich keep getting richer while the majority of American workers have seen their incomes stagnate. They want it all, and they want it now.

Not long ago America’s top executives earned 40 times what the lowest paid workers earned. Now the figure is 320 times. In spite of this growing income gap, the rich keep asking for more -- and more tax relief for that growing wealth. They’re want it all, and they want it now.

Many top executives, including some who helped cause our recession and whose companies we tax-payers have rescued, are now getting salaries and bonuses that would knock your socks off. Three oil companies are among our nation’s five wealthiest corporations. You wouldn’t know that from their aggressive ad campaigns to protect their cushy tax breaks. They want it all, and they want it now!"

At the same time, the politicians who protect the monied interests, continue to ask the average American worker to bear the cost of the recession brought on by many things -- and then shamelessly call for a reduction of taxes for those whose constantly growing wealth means they can/should pay.

Things being pushed (and passed) by the political lackeys of wealth include: 1) Lowering taxes on the wealthiest; 2) Ending estate taxes desperately needed by our state and nation; 3) Canceling worker protections (e.g. collective bargaining) making it even easier for the already wealthy to get away with offering less and less to people like the rest of us; and 4) Reducing services to the most vulnerable citizens of our land.

Such actions destroy our nation’s legacy, our dream of greatness for all. Such actions negate our refrain of "United we stand." Such greed signals a cancer on the soul of a nation that once stood as a beacon of equality in our world.

Some may complain that I’m trying to start a "class war." Nonsense. It’s been here for some time – and the rich are not only winning, they’re laughing all the way to the bank.

America’s theme song is not: "I want it all." The true American spirit sings, "I want it FOR all."

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