Rich people in this country think they got rich by being smarter than you or me. Money is proof of their superiority and these days, rich people are anywhere from 500 times to 5000 times superior to the rest of us.
Rich people are sure they are smarter than you or me because they understand that life is a competition, and money is how to keep score. They think we are stupid or lazy, because we don’t understand the game.
Rich people are serious about winning the game. If they worry about you and me, they will lose. If they worry about the consequences of their actions, they will lose. If they worry about leaving the world a better place for their children, they will lose.
But rich people have a problem; they are vastly outnumbered. What would they do if you and I ever got together and united against them? We might tax them, and use that money to keep each other healthy. To educate our children. To care for us in our old age. To keep our neighborhoods clean and safe. To build parks for our children to play in. To put out fires in our homes, clean the lakes we drink from, and operate the transportation systems we rely on. To tide us over when we lose our jobs, and to retrain us for new jobs.
Rich people will be damned if they let their money be spent on the rest of us. If we want better schools, better jobs, better health care, cleaner neighborhoods and safe drinking water, well then we should work as hard and as smart as them, and buy those things for ourselves. Rich people can’t help it if they are smarter than us.
To distract us from uniting against them, rich people will divide black against white, brown against black, citizen against immigrant, Christian against Muslim, middle class against poor, anyone against anyone else so long as it isn’t rich against not rich. And so far, it has worked for them very well indeed.
Why do rich people hate paying taxes? Because they don’t really like us. Why do they get away with not paying their fair share? Because they’re smarter than us.
October 16, 2010