Friday, April 22, 2011

Why are hard working middle class conservatives providing political cover for greedy gazzillionaires?

I don’t get it. Maybe someone can help me to understand.  Why are hard working middle class conservatives providing political cover for greedy gazzillionaires? What’s up with that?
I understand most of them are Republicans and instinct is to defend Republican proposals. We are wired with “default” reactions. Recent science concludes our brains predispose us to being liberals or conservatives years before we are old enough to vote. Harvard researchers have isolated a gene, DRD4, causing us to embrace certain political beliefs.
Dr. John Alford of Rice University concludes there’s a genetic component causing some to react more strongly than others to perceived threats. Those tend to be the conservatives. Alford asks, “If conservatives genetically respond differently to stimuli than do liberals will “facts” matter at all in today’s political debates?”  Dr. Alford says there’s a limit to genetic thought control however. He believes political views are about 40-50% nature. Difficult as it may be for facts to penetrate, it is therefore possible.
Look at some facts middle class conservatives sidestep to their own detriment. I’m not talking about the tax rates of the rich but rather the ungodly rich, the folks Jesus spoke about. Truly I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Jesus used the camel as metaphor because the camel was the largest animal roaming Israel. I am using the term “rich” to refer to the largest bank account holders roaming American politics.
Since 1992 (yes, I have included Clinton years as well as Bush) the income of the wealthiest Americans has increased by 392%. At the same time, their lobbyists have wired the tax code to achieve a 37% cut in their taxes. If you made 50 or a hundred thousand dollars a year during that period, your tax rate stayed pretty much the same. You need better lobbyists because those bringing home 500,000 dollars to a million saw their tax rates cut in half.
The  “Bush tax cuts” middle class conservatives find sacred (which Obama campaigned against and then caved for) benefit only those camels who’ll find it difficult passing through the eye of any form of subjective scrutiny. Those cuts provide an average $146,000 annual tax savings to each of the wealthiest 0.1% of Americans.
So when Wyoming’s congresswoman says America doesn’t have a taxing problem, who is she speaking for? Not you. There’s only one way our federal budget can afford to give some folks those kinds of tax breaks. Someone else has to pick up the slack. That’s where you and I come in.
While the “eye of the needle” crowd can afford health care for themselves and their aging parents and education for their children, you and I have to plan on Medicare. Our children will continue to run up massive student loan debt to get a competitive education. While they have to decide which of their several homes in which to “summer” middle class folks will continue working multiple jobs to pay the mortgage, if they can get one in the world created by Wall Street excesses. While their stock portfolio is enhanced by higher oil prices, you and I will run up credit card debt filling our tanks.
So tell me my middle class conservative friends, what’s in it for you? What’s in it for your aging parents or the future of your children? Our brains may be wired differently but our futures are intertwined and regardless of genetics, we have more in common as middle class neighbors than as political adversaries.

1 comment:

  1. Right on. I have trouble understanding the disconnect between the facts of the situation and the consequences for the vast majority of us.