A myth about Lemmings, a small rather cute rodent, says they commit mass suicide by following each other off cliffs to their demise. While the myth is merely that, a myth, one wonders if there aren’t a large number of Americans who, like the myth lemmings, blindly (or stupidly) follow those who put the wealthiest among us before anyone else.
Case in point. The Obama administration along with a large number of Americans who have an ongoing relationship with reality as well as an ongoing relationship with democracy believe the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans should not continue while the tax cuts for the middle class should continue. Continuing the tax cuts for the wealthy (meaning if you make more than $250,000 a year) would, by the way, cost the country $700 billion in revenue. Congressional Republicans want the tax cuts for the wealthy to continue and polls say the Republicans are ahead in the polls? Have we lost our minds?
Those fighting for continuance of the tax cuts for the wealthy, including some Democrats like Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, don’t give a damn about the American people. The problem is, too many Americans are so gullible they don’t see this. The facts are undeniable. During the Bush-Cheney debacle the wealthy made out like bandits because they are bandits. Halliburton and others of their sleazy ilk filled their coffers on the backs of the American middle class and poor and, whether we want to face this or not, on the blood of our young men and women who were sent to fight in Iraq, essentially to benefit the oil companies.
The mind boggling thing is that the greed-based members of Congress are doing well in the polls? Are we Americans so bloody stupid and or so bloody gullible that we are unable to understand that in many many cases, the wealthy in this country got their wealth as a result the blood shed, literally and figuratively, by the American middle class and the American poor?
So, American or a Lemming? You decide.
I’m an American.