THE most important, surprising and refreshing ideas The Pope has kind of recently addressed is with regard to do with America’s enormous problem of unacceptable Economic Inequality by and between it’s Citizens. Facts and Figures serve very well to both support the argument and illustrate the problem, especially when talking about segments of our population who are and have been negatively affected by many forces at work that have robbed them of so very much to which they are entitled, have earned and deserve.
Specifically, the current Economic Inequality in American Society seems to have clear and easy to understand causation: The largest Redistribution of Wealth in the History of the Planet has (and continues to occur) – and the Wealth has clearly been redistributed FROM the working and middle class TO the wealthiest Americans, facilitated, made possible and often caused directly by a cooperating Congress and Government that has, for example, ‘sold’ some extremely lucrative and self-serving Laws regarding the easiest, most justifiable and legal way to effect the Transfer and keep it going strong.
America’s system of sheer Cronyism, extreme partisanship, wealthy special interests and influential cronies is a large Society unto itself. For example, Defense Contractors and the War / Defense Budget exists for the truly wealthy and powerful to become more wealthy and powerful.
The revolving door from and between Pentagon, Defense Contractors, Congress and White House accounts for Trillions of our money stolen, co-opted, unfairly and unjustly enriching wealthiest Americans with, of course, Tax Dollars that have been made available to them as part of that special ‘Package Deal’ that has existed for so long, whereby not only do these enormous, Billion Dollar Contracts directly benefit whichever particular Crony is ‘up’ (their turn at the trough!), but that all of the many Rules and Regulations and Tax Laws, act. have all been carefully and specifically drafted to benefit such crony and all value to be found in the Contract and Tax Dollars are systematically taken away in exchange for whatever illusory ‘product or service’ will, on paper at least, provide at least the appearance of ‘Arm’s Length Transaction’ with ‘Fair Terms and Conditions providing the ultimate recipient, the American People, with at least something to show for it all. Thus do we get Pentagon Toilet Seats for which we pad $1,000 (not a good example, but a famous one).
Of course, the recent Wars and high level of Military activity, movement, readiness and all various actions are producing this exact kind of transaction everywhere Tax Dollars are being spent, hand over fist, to fund massive Military Deployment and all associated activity. Those private firms who have contracted to provide good and services to the US Government and Military have created (with Congress’ valuable and close assistance!) a detailed and elaborate means by which any good and any service is provided in a transaction which strips off most of the Tax Dollars originally associated with ‘how much a given good or service costs under the circumstances’. Read the rest of this entry »