There’s a scene in the 1998 film BULWORTH which has always resonated with me. Actually, the whole movie gets me going and it’s not just because a young and fertile Halle Berry’s ass crack is on screen more than her face. Although admittedly, that does give the film much of its longevity after all this time.

Warren Beatty plays a U.S. Senator who suffers a nervous breakdown and goes off the deep end during his re-election campaign. Speaking in front of an all black church in South Central Los Angeles, he takes a question from a woman who wants to know why he has done nothing to help economically reinvigorate this poverty-stricken area. Without missing a beat, Bulworth replies “Well, you haven’t contributed any money to my campaign”.

One of the lead stories today is about the poverty rate in America and how it is higher than it has ever been. It is now estimated that just over fifteen percent of Americans are living below the poverty level.

“Analysts said poverty-related issues have relatively little hold on politicians in Washington but hoped the new figures would encourage the bipartisan “super committee” to avoid deficit cuts that would hurt the poor.

The United States has long had one of the highest poverty rates in the developed world. Among 34 countries tracked by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, only Chile, Israel and Mexico have higher rates of poverty.” – REUTERS

What the hell are you talking about? What is this, Victorian Fucking England? How can issues involving poor people not have any “hold” in our own goddamn government? My complete lack of economic understanding aside, it strikes me as odd that rich people wouldn’t care about everyone else not having any money. THEY BUY YOUR SHIT. HOW ARE THEY SUPPOSED TO KEEP BUYING YOUR SHIT WHEN THEY DON’T HAVE ANY GODDAMN MONEY???

When you keep laying people off, trying to strip them of unemployment insurance and basically not raising their wages decade in and decade out, this kind of thing happens. From another REUTERS article yesterday:

“Most Americans expect to spend less or the same on the holidays this year compared with last year, a survey showed on Monday, an early sign that retailers will have to try harder to win shoppers in the biggest selling season of the year.

A whopping 82 percent of those surveyed by America’s Research Group said they planned to spend less or the same as last year. Consumer spending accounts for almost 70 percent of the U.S. economy…

…Fewer pay raises, falling home values, rising prices for food and other goods, and political gridlock in Washington are all taking a toll on Americans…”

First of all, no fucking shit. Second of all, maybe 70 percent of our economy shouldn’t be based on selling people shit they don’t really need to begin with. Call me naïve (or call me fuckstick, I don’t care) but for the first time in my life I am boycotting gift buying this holiday season. And you know what? I actually have money leftover in my bank account and I don’t have any additional debt for the year. Kinda’ funny how that works.

Rich people will tell me that I’m Un-American and that saving my money is hurting the economy. I will tell them that when I give a shit about their views on patriotism I’ll make sure and give them a call. And quit telling me to say “job creators” instead of “rich”. If anything, those people are debt creators and I think their importance in our society is grossly exaggerated. Much like the female orgasm.

This country truly does stand at a crossroads. We can either be a nation in which everyone, regardless of their goddamn bank account or stock portfolio (whatever the hell that is) is represented and taken into account when decisions are being made. Or we can become a feudal state in which only the rich have a say. But, until we stop allowing rich people to make decisions for the rest of us, well, this is a lovely shade of bitch we’ll all be wearing.



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