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July 11, 2006


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---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2006 22:44:59 -0400
From: moderator@PORTSIDE.ORG
Subject: Molly Ivins - The Politics of Greed

The Politics of Greed

By Molly Ivins

July 11, 2006 by TruthDig

"Anyone who doesn't think this is a country where the rich are
getting richer and the poor are getting poorer needs to check
the numbers-this is Bush country, where a rising tide lifts
all yachts." AUSTIN, Texas-I don't get it. What's the
percentage in keeping the minimum wage at $5.15 an hour? After
nine years? This is such an unnecessary and nasty Republican
move. Congress has voted seven times to raise its own wages
since last the minimum wage budged. Of course, Congress always
raises its own salary in the dark of night, hoping no one will
notice. But now it does the same with the minimum wage,
quietly killing it.

Anyone who doesn't think this is a country where the rich are
getting richer and the poor are getting poorer needs to check
the numbers-this is Bush country, where a rising tide lifts
all yachts.

According to the current issue of Mother Jones:

-- One in four U.S. jobs pays less than a poverty-level

-- Since 2000, the number of Americans living below the
poverty line at any one time has risen steadily. Now, 13
percent-37 million Americans-are officially poor.

-- Bush's tax cuts (extended until 2010) save those earning
between $20,000 and $30,000 an average of $10 a year, while
those making $1 million are saved $42,700.

-- In 2002, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, compared those who
point out such statistics as the one above to Adolph Hitler
(surely he meant Stalin?).

-- Bush has diverted $750 million to 'healthy marriages' by
shifting funds from social services, mostly childcare.

-- Bush has proposed cutting housing programs for low-income
people with disabilities by 50 percent.

A series of related stats-starting with the news that two out
of three new jobs are in the suburbs-shows how the poor are
further disadvantaged in the job hunt by lack of public or
private transportation.

Meanwhile, for those who have been following the collapse of
the pension system, please note a series in The Wall Street
Journal by Ellen Schultz taking a hard look at executive
pension obligations:

-- 'Benefits for executives now account for a significant
share of pension obligations in the United States, an average
of 8 percent (of large companies). Sometimes a company's
obligation for a single executive's pension approaches $100

-- 'These liabilities are largely hidden, because corporations
don't distinguish them from overall pension obligations in
their federal financial findings.'

-- 'As a result, the savings that companies make by curtailing
pensions of regular retirees-which have totaled billions of
dollars in recent years-can mask a rising cost of benefits for

-- 'Executive pensions, even when they won't be paid until
years from now, drag down the earnings today. And they do so
in a way that's disproportionate to their size, because they
aren't funded with dedicated assets.'

It seems to me that we've seen enough evidence over the years
that the capitalist system is not going to be destroyed by an
outside challenger like communism-it will be destroyed by its
own internal greed. Greed is the greatest danger as we develop
an increasingly winner-take-all system. And voices like The
Wall Street Journal's editorial page encourage this mentality
by insisting that any form of regulation is bad. But for whom?

It is so discouraging to watch this country become less and
less fair-'justice for all' seems like an embarrassingly
archaic tag. Republicans have rigged the 'lottery of life' in
this country in ways we don't even know about yet. The new
bankruptcy law is unfair, and the new college loan rules are
worse. The system has been stacked so that large corporations
have an inside track over small businesses in getting
government contracts. We won't see the full consequences of
this mean and careless legislation for years, but it starting
to affect us already.

[Molly Ivins writes in this space every month. Her latest book
is 'Who Let the Dogs In?']

(c) 2006 TruthDig LLC, Inc.


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