Yeah, a nerdy chart for art today…but with a purpose.
We hear it over and over again. Obama is a socialist. He’s redistributing the wealth. So after four years, how’s that redistribution working out?
Ah, well, actually wealth has continued to be redistributed upward. More and more middle class people are falling out of the middle class as the rich become richer and richer. Imagine being so rich that you could put $300 million into a political campaign to get one of your fellow fat cats into power.
Why would a person do something like that? The simple answer: fear. It seems conservatives are hard-wired for fear. Here are a few headlines:
It goes on and on. Story after story. Even blogging conservatives say it’s true. Here’s one.
“FEAR: I’ll agree that conservatives think through fear. I prefer to call it cautious. It’s not the party who does it to us, we are all like this. Is that bad? We’re hard-wired differently Rob, in the brain…it’s not something we choose necessarily. Liberals just drift along expecting everything’s gonna be alright, caution to the wind. Then when bad things happen who do they run to save their sorry behinds?”
In spite of admitting to the fear factor, it still comes down to liberals being wimps, needing conservatives to bail them out. I must have my liberal blinders on too tightly, because I don’t see that as anything near reality. Maybe she’s thinking of Bush starting two wars after 9-11. That really worked out.
So when the conservative mind-set see charts like the one above, they are not put at ease. It just means the liberals – those people with conscience, empathy, and compassion for the poor and the most vulnerable in society- are going to take it all away. Yet, conservatives tend to claim the high ground on morality. How does that work? It seems their compassion ends at the point of birth and they dismiss nearly half of the U.S population as moochers.
If you want to see how well the super wealthy have done over the past three decades, take a look here.