No Foolin’

Thank goodness for Tom Perkins! If you don’t know who he is . . . he’s the American venture capitalist who recently opined (in February) that the wealthy – paying more taxes – should get more votes at election time. It’s all part of his idea to make the country a better place: “You pay a million dollars in taxes, you get a million votes.” Perkins admitted to being purposely outrageous with his remarks at the California Commonwealth Club event . . . Outrageous?! No, au contraire; it’s about time someone doubled-down to stand up for the rich!

Yes, Mr. Perkins doubbledd-down!! In January he compared the current attack upon the wealthiest 1 percent in America to Nazi Germany’s kristallnacht. Racially motivated murder and incarceration, vandalism, arson, and expulsion – with government support and backing . . . these extreme measures suffered by Jews in Germany in 1938 have apparently resurfaced in 21st century America. I haven’t seen any such things (thankfully), but apparently Mr. Perkins has. Guess we need to take him at his word and thank him for sounding the alert! Twice!!

All this at a time when OXFAM reports that the richest 85 people in the world have just as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion – half of the world’s population. But don’t go about blaming this arrant and relentless inequality on Mr. Perkins – he’s not part of that exclusive club. He’s merely in the “top 200 richest” club! Now he did have at one time the biggest private yacht in the world, but he chose to sell it after the 2007-08 economic swoon . . . right around the time when this persecution of the rich movement started gathering its plebeian momentum.

But like I said – we can only thank our lucky stars that Tom has chosen this opportune time (while we are here to witness it!) to publically express his opinions about wealth and social inequality. Tom is “self-made” as they say – first in his family to go to college (MIT on a scholarship, no less!) – and that gives him the right to articulate his finely honed views on the world situation that only fifty years of being fabulously (and deservedly so, of course) wealthy can construct. Those of us who don’t have a million bucks (and pay only mere thousands in taxes)  – we oughta just shut up and listen to him. He’s rich and therefore probably a million times smarter and wiser than the rest of us! No foolin’! 

 

April Fools’ Day 2014

 

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  1. Carl Anderson

    I hadn’t heard of this fine fellow before, sounds like a prince. It is more difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom than for a camel…..I do think one of the serious spiritual issues in our time (not unique to it of course) is how we tend to ascribe special merit to the “self-made” person, especially disappointing as to how prevalent this perspective is in church circles.

  2. Thank goodness it’s April Fools Day! How about this………..the 85 people that control as much wealth as poorest 3.5 billion should maybe pay as much in taxes as those 3.5 billion. And as far as getting more voting power because they are wealthier, give them a vote for each of their millions…..not that they needs votes to have things go their way…………..That kind of monetary wealth has a way of getting things done without having to come to the polls and be contaminated by us 3.5 billion poor folks.
    Believe me, if money was what it took to enter the Kingdom Of God, I would be one conniving rascal~!

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