Pretty colors – for an ugly truth. I took this chart from this story. The figure given, globally, for the amount of money that the uber wealthy send out of the countries where they allegedly live into secretive tax shelters is 32 trillion. It isn’t just Willard Mitt Romney – it is Russian oligarchs, Korean billionaires, you get the picture. The more they have, the less they care about the rest of us. Do they plan to terraform new planets? Live under glass domes? Think they will live forever in cloned bodies? I have not a clue except that it is the future of the planet the uber wealthy are playing with. I have news for them: We only have one planet. We all need to live on that planet. And just because they lie, cheat, and steal on a grand scale, that doesn’t make them better than the rest of us – no, in fact it makes them bent, broken, evil – and in a moral sense, as helpless and clueless as blind grubs, at least in moral matters.
When Ann Romney said that the Romneys had disclosed all “you people need to know” that was because her people are different, don’t need to follow the rules or same standards as “you people” must follow. If disclosing the truth, that her husband valued Bain stock at zero (or thereabouts) to put it in his 401k, and that is why the public part of the 401k is worth over $100,000,000 rather than the $500k or so at the maximum allowed contribution, well it was his Bain Stock, he was the sole shareholder, and why shouldn’t he do whatever he wants with his stuff?
It is true no two people are identical. Some of us are smarter, or stronger, or healthier. I am not as good as you, you are not as good as me, we are each only as good as our day to day choices make us given what our “endowment” was at birth. But, seriously, there is no liberty and no rule of law unless the laws work the same for everyone. Someone who undervalues stock, puts the undervalued stock into an IRA or 401k and reaps extraordinary tax free income is nothing more than a thief, grand larceny against their own country and its future. Nothing to honor there! So no wonder Ann Romney says something along the lines of “Move along, nothing to see here.”
The ranks of climate deniers are full of these folks who send their money overseas to avoid paying taxes, leaving honest hard working folks to carry the weight of society while they steal from all of us. When you say “trickle down” I hear a very loud sucking sound – the sound of the gross national product of my country being sucked into a big black hole known as the tax shelters and dodges and cheats of the uber wealthy.
I fear it is my old nemesis, Mammon, who is having the last laugh on Romney and the oligarchs, and when they leave this mortal plain, it is Mammon who will dine well.
Think about it – all these Red Meat types who claim to follow Jesus Christ pile up so much money they cannot spend it in secret caches. They do not ensure that the hungry are fed, that the planet blooms, that sickness and disease are cured because the necessary research is fully funded. No, indeed. Their money might as well be Smaug’s horde for all the good it does.
Maybe this should be the new icon of the Republican party – and we should stop maligning elephants who do, after all, take care of one another. Welcome to my proposed icon/image for the current Republican party, and all oligarchs:
My proposed new mascot for the Republican Party and its allies – Smaug and his horde, courtesy of Carole Emery and the Tolkien Gateway. The wealth held by those who send their vast wealth, 32 trillion of it, into hiding does this planet and the human race as much good as Smaug’s horde did anyone. Perfect archtype, don’t you think?
But, again, you don’t have to take MY word for it: