Wealth: a divine right of the wealthy
May 24, 2011
Mindful consistency is the hobgoblin of rank venality —and. by obvious extention, the condition of Republican political thought. Republicans will do everything they can, will come up with any unfair and unjust solution to our debt crisis to avoid raising taxes on the most wealthy Americans. Why? because being rich is an entitlement of the already rich. Having obtained wealth, keeping wealth is an entitlement even if it means making it difficult for average americans to make a decent living and obtain wealth themselves … even simple wealth, the wealth of good nutrition for instance.
“In a bill released Monday, Republicans proposed cutting $832 million – or 12 percent – from this year’s budget for the federal nutrition program that provides food for low-income mothers and children. The 2012 budget proposal for food and farm programs also includes a decrease of almost $457 million, or 31 percent, from an international food assistance program that provides emergency aid and agricultural development dollars to poor countries”.
The key phrase in that quote is, “…food for low-income mothers and children.” For Republicans it is high morality to cut funds from programs that provide food for low-income mothers and children while making it possible for the rich to sequester even greater riches for the purchase of stuff that make the rich think they’re really somebody. This is the gist of Republican ideology in 21st cedntury America. In this regard at least John Boehner is not much different from Hosni Mabarak, or any other of the mideast elites worried about losing their grip on wealth and power.
In Republican eyes, everything associated with attaining the American dream is what they call an “entitlement” and subject to cuts; everything that is except being rich. THAT entilement is apparently a divine right.