Being back among the “middle working class,” I’m finding it a bit tougher to do the blogging thing as often as I’d like along with other responsibilities. But, then, occasionally I come across things that just beg to be shared with as many people as possible.
Today I took some time to watch a video I’ve been meaning to see for a while now. It came out around tax time, April 12. It’s a video essay from Bill Moyers, examining the growing state of inequality we’re finding in this “land of plenty.” As usual, when it comes to Moyers, it’s an examination worth examining.
As Moyers points out, we’re becoming less and less a nation of the upper class, middle class, and the poor when it comes to “making it” these days, trending more toward the upper class and “the other class.” With ever-increasing costs of living day to day and stagnating wages, it’s smacking us in the face more than ever.
There are those who get all upset — even those around the middle class — whenever people talk negatively about the top 1 or 2 percent, the “job creators,” and suggest that instead of griping and moaning about how much the top 1 or 2 percent rake in they should do more to join the ranks of the upper class.
Yet many of those same people offering those suggestions are finding it pretty tough to join those ranks through their own initiative, no matter how hard they scratch and claw to do it. They’re missing the point that this deck is stacked against them, yet they keep offering the same old suggestion — do more, don’t be lazy.
Moyers’ video essay may have come out around tax time, but it’s still timely today … especially when we continue to see news about how little some giant corporations pay in taxes because of offshore trickery.
These days, that’s the “patriotic way.”
- Bill Moyers Essay: The United States of Inequality (kstreet607.com)
- Bill Moyers interview on Boston Marathon bombing | Glenn Greenwald (guardian.co.uk)
- Moyers: How Big Banks are Rewriting the Rules of our Economy (ritholtz.com)
- Moyers: How Storytelling Is at the Heart of Making Social Change (alternet.org)
- Bill Moyers & Glenn Greenwald on the High Cost of Government Secrecy (alternet.org)
- Bill Moyers Quotes On Democracy, Politics And More (prosebeforehos.com)
- Bill Moyers, My Hero! ‘The Toxic Assault on Our Children’ and ‘Dance of the Honey Bee’ (friendnature.wordpress.com)