The GOP, the Little Guy and AIG

This essay explains it better than I could.

If you are struggling to make ends meet but you still think that Rush Limbaugh and the political party he has bullied into submission care about average, everyday American citizens, this might be a good time for you to reconsider that notion. For starters, it seems that even more taxpayer money is lining the pockets of individual AIG executives than we were previously led to believe. Even though Americans are often faulted for their terribly short attention span, even our damaged short term memories should be  able to recall the recent things said by GOP mouthpieces like Limbaugh regarding American auto industry workers.

It is unusual that such an opportunity for clear and obvious lines to be simultaneously drawn on such an issue, but here we are: The GOP would let the auto industry collapse rather than honor contracts with American workers and the GOP believes it is right and good to use taxpayer money to make sure that individual executives get big fat bonuses they clearly didn’t earn. After all, how could they have been earned if AIG is collapsing under it’s own weight based on the bad jidgement of it’s executives? Consider simply how the GOP pushed the lie (that the media embraced)about how much autoworkers make while fighting for the apparently newly discovered Constitutional right of corporate executives to maintain their accustomed income levels regardless of how they do their jobs.

Republicans inevitably start crying ‘class warfare’ and ‘envy’ whenever someone starts noticing these sorts of things. For myself, it’s not envy. I have no longing to be a corporate banker or even a Republican. I am certainly of the lower classes but I don’t spend my days longing for big wads of unearned cash; executives get paid big money because they are assuming the responsibility and risk of being decision makers; that’s why it makes no sense to me that their bonuses should be guarnteed by government bailout money when it was their bad decisions that made that government bailout necessary in the first place.

Understandably, the idea of class warfare makes the upper class nervous. They generally win, but when they lose they lose big. Ideally, the upper class works with their fellow citizens for their common cause and shared interests. This is an approach that works best. It all depends on the behavior of the upper class, however. What I am hearing from this GOP is a lot closer to ‘Let them eat cake’ when what they should be saying is ‘if we do not hang together, we will all hang seperately.’

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