This is the image that got me started this morning:
The funny thing is, the people who really get their panties in a bunch over sharing with those less fortunate SO OFTEN describe themselves as Christian -- you know, the self-described followers of that World Teacher who said that it was virtually impossible for a rich man to enter heaven....
Furthermore, they have a tendency to belong to the struggling working class -- NOT the 1% which is the legitimate target of tax-raising pushes. Yet, for some inexplicable reason, these people WHO WILL NEVER BE RICH THEMSELVES tend to IDENTIFY WITH THE VERY RICH and their point of view. What are they thinking with? Extreme wealth is not associated with work ethic in most cases -- it's inherited, or wheeler-dealered, or ... virtually-stolen on a huge scale. Even people like Bill Gates, who has created his own fortune, had dirty little business tactics which helped him get there.
As Raymond Chandler, one of my favorite writers of his genre, said in "The Long Goodbye": "A man doesn't make your kind of money in any way i can understand. ... There ain't no clean way to make a hundred million bucks.... Somewhere along the line guys got pushed to the wall, nice little businesses got the ground cut out from under them.... Decent people lost their jobs.... Big money is big power and big power gets used wrong." THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT THIS -- it is FACT. Those who defend the system of tax-evasion by the very rich, on the nebulous excuse of hard work and entrepreneurial spirit, are either profiting politically/professionally from the racket, or seriously self-deluded and are the first victims of the scam.
Also to be found on FB this morning is this little gem, which i've seen often before and "shared" myself in the past:
...Self-explanatory and highly illuminating -- unless you've drunk the koolaid.
According to certain esoteric sources, the money- and power-protecting crescendo we're seeing these days is a last-stand of desperation from those cosmic forces which are resisting being dragged into a more evolved era. They'll use any tool they can to delude and trick the altruistically-undeveloped among us to make things more difficult, causing them to go against their own best interests -- and this is what fascinates me in a horrified sort of way. MOST of the victims i'm referring to are NOT stupid. How are they able to so easily fall prey to those who want to exploit their fears?
It's not your slice of 'umble pie that is being targeted by the cosmic forces of generosity -- it's part of the pie of the nursery-rhyme king ... who certainly isn't going to go hungry without it.