Romney’s Message For The 47 Percent: KneelBy
At Campaign for America’s Future, Richard Eskow explains how the Romneys of Wall Street, the Adelsons of casinos, and the Kochs of oil can dismiss half the country as losers who pay no taxes, even as half a million people with incomes over $100,000 paid no taxes in 2011, including 7,000 millionaires:
They’re probably just a small subset of high-earning Americans. But these resentment-fueled party people are a new force in politics, made even more powerful by growing wealth inequity and Citizens United. They are the Radical Rich.
They are addicted to wealth. No matter how much they have, it isn’t enough. (Studies support Eskow on this.):
The country they seek is radically different from the one we all grew up in, or even the troubled one we live in today. It’s a nation without a social safety net, with hungry and ill people in the streets, without free and fair elections, without basic legal protections for consumers or the environment – a United States unlike anything we’ve seen in our lifetime.
They want more – more tax breaks, more protection from the law.
And they want adoration. From the looks of it, nothing short of an Roman Imperial cult – complete with their apotheosis as state deities upon their death – would satisfy them. Obama’s corporate-friendly policies, which have protected their wealth and protected them from judgement, aren’t enough. They want him to pledge his fealty on the White House steps – or they’ll destroy him.
Not in modern history, writes Eskow, have the top 1 percent, or even the top 0.01 percent owned more of this country or paid less in taxes. They enjoy immunity from prosecution, immunity from the rules they demand everyone “lesser” live by. The freedom they seek is the freedom of the addict to seek greater stimulation, even as it takes larger and larger doses to satisfy them. Even as their insecurity grows because it does not. They only want what’s theirs, as Charles Koch reportedly said, “and that’s all of it.”
The Radical Rich, writes Eskow, don’t “just want an unfair and ill-gotten share of the nation’s wealth. They want it paid as tribute.”