It’s the old cliché–the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. The new twist is that no one can do anything about it. The politicians sold out long ago and are focused on their own campaign war chests. The rich are buying politicians as fast as they’re elected and thanking God this isn’t Egypt, Libya, or Syria. And the middle class? It is resting comfortably–thank you for asking.
I have a friend who works as a wine merchant in Fairfield County. She tells me that people there get upset if the bottle of wine they’re buying is too cheap. A hundred bucks a bottle? Not good enough. They’re not happy unless the merchant charges $200.
The last time there were this many poor people in the United States, another Democrat was in the White House, Bill Clinton. I don’t think this bodes well for President Obama, particularly because the poverty rate among his peeps is so much higher than for the rest of the United States. Can poor people look to the Republicans to help them out of poverty? I don’t think so. The GOP wants to slash the safety net that so many people rely on.
I think the economy has become like the complaint a former publisher of the Hartford Courant had about the weather. Everybody complains, but nobody does anything about it.