May First. May Day. Or should it be mayday?
Hope springs eternal I am told. Spring has a way of giving hope by having the flowers in bloom and trees again doing their job of cleaning the air and providing shade. But this is an election year. A critical election year at that. So forget that hope stuff and concentrate on the mayday stuff.
With over a half century of perspectives, I feel a need to share them. As I have presented in this forum before, I leaned toward the libertarian/conservative mindset. I don’t anymore. Why? Because it doesn’t work. It could work, but we happen to be human. Humans are selfish. All humans are selfish. So we should expect that people want to keep what they have and look for a way to get more, after all wealth is power. So who should we fault for where we are today? I think those who took us to where we are now.
My post: Perfect – you, me, time and place in July last year summarized where we are in regards to wealth and power. It referred to charts and articles regarding the distribution of wealth. To summarize, here’s the numbers from 2007, before the Great Recession started.
Total Net Worth: Top 1% Next19% Bottom 80%
2007 34.60% 50.50% 15.00%
Financial Wealth: Top 1% Next19% Bottom 80%
2007 42.70% 50.30% 7.00%
What do you think? Do you think these numbers may be about the same today? If you think they may have changed, which direction of the categories may have gone up or down? Which categories do you think lost or gained? It’s a no brainer.
We’re hearing a lot of blame being thrown at President Obama, now that Romney is the pre-determined presidential candidate. What category does Mitt belong to? Mitt’s a nice man but regardless of his rhetoric, where do you think his mindset is?
Keep this in mind when you vote this Fall.
Final words —
“I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.” – - – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.” – - – Abraham Lincoln
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – - – Abraham Lincoln