By Bryce Willis
In “the rumble in the air-conditioned auditorium,” Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly butted heads over everything Democrat and Republican, but what I got out of it was one thing Jon Stewart said in particular regarding misconceptions in society about wealth.
“Why is it that if you take advantage of a corporate tax break you’re a smart businessman, but if you take advantage of something so you don’t go hungry, you’re a moocher?”
It is a bizarre truth that leaves me scratching my head. How could success distort human decency so violently?
Regardless of what you think, there is a rift growing between the upper crust of society and the less privileged.
Bill Maher has a weekly skit he does called, “Dispatches from the bubble.”
The skit starts with Maher reading facts, from various current events, to a republican in a giant bubble who acts like he hears nothing. This depicts a frightening reality in our country.
The one thing that I want to make clear is this is not an issue of Democrat v. Republican. That is the TV show you watch everyday on the news. It has everything to do with the interests of the people involved.
The problem with America is rooted in its economic gap. The sheer amount of money difference is astounding.
The top 1 percent of the country makes $1 million and some change, on average, per year for their income. The bottom 90 percent make just a little more than the 1 percent’s change I alluded to before at $29,000 annually.
Does this really depict the greatest nation of all time?
To me, what this says to other countries about America is we are disconnected with each other. We actually live different realities.
The upper class people live in a reality where they worked smart and hard and should be able to enjoy the fruits of their toils without someone begrudging them for their efforts.
This is a legitimate beef, but I feel the resentment is wholly misinterpreted.
It is not an attack on success, or a revelation of jealousy by the less privileged, rather it is a plea for fairness.
Not everyone can be the CEO of Bain Capital, because the Country needs ditch diggers; wealthy people need ditch diggers.
This does not make them any less hard working, they just provide a different, less paid, talent to America.
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