....the Fat Cats and the special interests I mean. The new Congress will convene soon and they (well, some of them) are vowing to cut spending by 20%, to which I say BRAVO! But I also say I'll believe it when I see it. The lobbyists and Political Action Committees (PAC's) are gearing up as I write, proclaiming how unfair it would be to cut their tax breaks/subsidies or raise their taxes.
Well cry me a river!
They didn't seem too worried about "fairness" when the speculators drove the price of a barrel of oil up to $147, did they? I personally know of a fellow who owned a trucking company. He had 50+ long-haul trucks and the drivers and staff to go with it. When he could no longer afford to haul freight at a loss month after month due to the high price of fuel he closed his doors, returned his trucks to the leasors, and passed out pink slips to his employees. The masses be damned, as long as the speculators got theirs. And how many airline employees had their pay cut 30-40% in order to keep their companies flying? Fair?
The bankers made HUGE commissions selling tainted investments, but that was OK. Their lifestyles hardly felt a speed bump after their actions almost ruined the world. Their bonus checks are back today as lavish as ever. And how many families wound up destitute so they could live their high life? Fair?
Nope, I'm not an anti-capitalist. I love free enterprise, but I abhor the rigged system we have now. In these tough times everybody needs to pony-up and take their medicine. Most of the middle class already has. Now let's see the Fat Cats and special interests take theirs. Now THAT would be fair!
Don't hold your breath.