A friend sent me a Youtube video and asked for my opinion on it. I had so much to say about it that I wrote a blog about it and sent him the link.
The video argues that America’s progressive tax system rewards the lazy and punishes the rich. If you don’t want to watch the five minute video, I’ve summarized it in a one page comic below.
In case the message in the video isn’t clear, the producers (PragerU.com) made at least two more (Do The Rich Pay Their Fair Share? and The War on Work ) reiterating the point: Poor people just aren’t trying hard enough, and rich people are hard workers who have to feed the leeches. PragerU probably isn’t run by capitalist conspirators who are knowingly creating misleading propaganda to placate the masses into accepting a life of indignity, fear and toil. There are millions of other Americans who have the same perception of reality and want to spread the truth as they see it.
Recently a story went viral after a twenty six year old woman lost her job for writing a blog called, “An Open Letter To My CEO” about how little money she made and how hard it was/is to survive. Then a twenty nine year old wrote a response that went viral. She basically told the first girl to suck it up, work harder and stop expecting hand outs. She’d probably tell me the same thing if she read the open letter to my CEO I wrote five years ago.
Nobody wants to give hand outs to lazy people who don’t want to work. Saying that poor people are just poor because they’re not working hard enough is a warped perception of reality at best and a straw man argument at worst. Below is a comic that more accurately reflects America’s class and tax system:
The poor are not America’s enemy, they’re its victims. The ultra rich aren’t heroes. They’re the creators and sustainers of economic oppression. They’re going to continue to make economic inequality worse as long as they have all the money and thus all the power, and they’re going to hold onto their money and power as long as Americans justify and glorify their own slavery.
The economic revolution America needs has to happen in the minds of Americans. They need to understand how the economy is stacked against them and start pointing fingers at the real source of the problem.
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