Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Fortune Inequality


There’s been a lot of talk lately about income inequality, but no one’s addressed the real underlying issue of fortune inequality.

Consider former Republican candidate Mitt Romney. In a famous video, he dismissed nearly half of Americans as takers … people who are sponging off of the hard-working earners who had the foresight to be born to former auto executives and governors of Michigan. But Romney was able to overcome these advantages by selling some stock.

Or consider the Koch brothers, Groucho and Cheapo, innocent victims of a series of lawsuits which left them saddled with responsibility for Daddy’s oil business and its enormous profits. By sheer determination, they’ve been able to scrape together a few meager millions to fight the evils of environmental indulgence and healthcare coddling.

And, of course, there’s the seemingly endless succession of Bushes, burning with political ambition but afflicted at birth with a father who was “out of the loop” during the Reagan administration.

All of these victims faced adversity and ill fortune without complaint.

Compare this with all those whining lower and middle class ne’er-do-wells who rashly got themselves born into broken homes, to drug-addicted or HIV-positive parents. Surely those immoral and amoral parents deserve to see their children marginalized by good, earnest job creators.

2 comments:

Bill Costa said...

Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.

-- Barry Switzer
US football coach (1937 - )

Peter Davis said...

Hmmm. Football coach talking about third base ...