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Let Them Eat Cake
Author: BobR    Date: 11/14/2007 06:58:46

Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and Christmas is right around the corner. It's that time of year when we celebrate with excessive consumption and consumerism and all of the self-loathing that goes with it. It's with that in mind that I came across this set of headlines and stories, almost all juxtaposed one upon the other:

Ex-Citigroup boss 'to get $95m'
Buyout Firms, Hedge Funds Look to Senate, Bush to Beat Tax Rise
'Hidden Costs' Double Price Of Two Wars, Democrats Say
Middle-Class Dream Eludes African American Families
World’s poorest people being left behind, says report

from that last story:
NEW DELHI: A new global study says that despite much progress in poverty reduction worldwide, a substantial number of the world's poorest people are being left behind.

"Business as usual won't do," says the report entitled, 'The World's Most Deprived: Characteristics and Causes of Extreme Poverty and Hunger' by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). It finds that 162 million of the world's poorest people - the "ultra poor" - survive on less than 50 cents a day. If concentrated in a single nation, they would comprise the world's seventh most populous country.


We constantly hear about the disparity between the very rich and the very poor, but it's absolutely astounding. A CEO gets a "bonus" (that's on top of the obscene salary) when he does a bad job that's enough money to pay a year's "wages" to over half a million of the world's poorest people? How does one self-justify such excessive largesse?

Then we have the hedge fund firms trying to get out of paying taxes, while the bill for the costs of the wars keeps getting worse as the accounting starts catching up with reality. Why is it the people making all the money off of the labor of the rest of us don't seem to want to help pay for the country and the people that helped make them rich? You'd think they made this money in an isolated bubble.

Let me see if I can summarize: The rich make more money than they know what to do with, the poor become more destitute, the government spends more on wars, and is lobbied by the rich to keep them from paying for it. Did I get that right?

So while these gluttons crowd around the Thanksgiving banquet table sucking all the meat off the bones and dribbling bits of gravy off of their fat greasy fingers into the mouths of the poor, perhaps the one thing we can be thankful for this time of year is that we actually have one thing that they don't...


a conscience.

241 comments (Latest Comment: 11/15/2007 04:30:32 by MMB)
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Comment by TriSec on 11/14/2007 13:43:10
I am a creature of darkness; Ring of Fire is far too cerebral for this hour.



Bring on the fart jokes!



:thud:

Comment by BobR on 11/14/2007 13:45:07
morning, folks... :coffee2:

Comment by livingonli on 11/14/2007 14:03:18
Good morning everyone.

Comment by livingonli on 11/14/2007 14:07:50
How come my comment order keeps flipping from newest to oldest?

Comment by TriSec on 11/14/2007 14:13:12
Dear Stephanie:



My only problem with your show is that there is not a live, in-studio camera.



But then again, considering Jim's early morning surliness, Chris's penchant for spouting right-wing-tool-time talking points at inopportune moments, and your own general boniness and gristly-ness, Perhaps it is wiser that the mook's smiling faces and your own beautiful feminine presence is best left to our imaginations.



As always, your loyal TriSec!



Comment by livingonli on 11/14/2007 14:16:52
That letter writer made me want to go back to bed.

Comment by TriSec on 11/14/2007 14:22:24
Say there, southern tier....how's that praying for rain working out?



I'm sure the drought must be broken by now.





When I was a Catholic, one of the more radical teachings was the following statement..."God answers all prayers. Sometimes the answer is no."





Comment by TriSec on 11/14/2007 14:25:03
Say now, isn't that 'what's his name' on this 'do not pass gas' ad?



He's been dead a while now; how many of these did he record before going to meet his maker? And why are they still running them, aren't dead guys doing voiceovers usually verboten in the industry?





Comment by Raine on 11/14/2007 14:26:02
:yawn: Good morning!

Comment by livingonli on 11/14/2007 14:27:31
Good morning Raine.



I always try not to pass gas.

Comment by Raine on 11/14/2007 14:28:18
:donut:

Comment by velveeta jones on 11/14/2007 14:29:52
Morning! Velveeta joining this am.........no yard work for me as I've pulled a muscle in my back! Damn this sucks. *sigh*



Guess I'll have to sit in my warm house, sipping hot coffee and listen to Momma and the mooks!

Comment by BobR on 11/14/2007 14:30:28
Looks like we have a full house this morning! :)

Comment by livingonli on 11/14/2007 14:31:23
Quote by BobR:Looks like we have a full house this morning! :)


Once star and mala join us.

Comment by Raine on 11/14/2007 14:34:10
Quote by livingonli:Good morning Raine. I always try not to pass gas.
:unsure:Well, ok.... and good morning to you too? :D

Comment by Raine on 11/14/2007 14:35:30
Bay buchanan is his Campaign manager?!?!?! :wacko:

Comment by livingonli on 11/14/2007 14:35:39
Isn't it nice when crazy people like Bay Buchanan and Tom Tancredo find each other? I guess they must have a ball of fun spouting how much they hate dark people together.

Comment by BobR on 11/14/2007 14:38:05
I'm looking at the comment order thing...

Comment by livingonli on 11/14/2007 14:38:44
Miller's dad would have traveled back in time like the superhero in the PSA.

Comment by Raine on 11/14/2007 14:39:43
The best healthcare system in the world? WTF???????

Comment by Raine on 11/14/2007 14:41:03
OH!! Good morning Ms. Velveeta Jones! Sorry about your injury... HEre , let me top that off for you...

Comment by BobR on 11/14/2007 14:41:40
I think it's fixed now...

Comment by livingonli on 11/14/2007 14:42:20
Test.

Comment by BobR on 11/14/2007 14:42:21


Comment by velveeta jones on 11/14/2007 14:43:49
Hard cheese! hmmmmmmmm cheese.

Comment by Raine on 11/14/2007 14:44:40
Do we at Four Freedoms have the BESTEST IT Department in the world, or what?

Comment by Raine on 11/14/2007 14:47:28
Quote by TriSec:Say there, southern tier....how's that praying for rain working out? I'm sure the drought must be broken by now. When I was a Catholic, one of the more radical teachings was the following statement..."God answers all prayers. Sometimes the answer is no."
Sonny wished and he prayed, but the drought was not swayed.

Comment by TriSec on 11/14/2007 14:48:18
Quote by Raine:Four Freedoms have the BESTEST IT Department in the world, or what?




I'm sure you can't beat the reward/bonus system in place for that kind of work.





Comment by Raine on 11/14/2007 14:50:22
HEya Tri... I am surprised you have not chosen a personal Icon yet!

Comment by starling310 on 11/14/2007 14:50:44
: runs into blog, breathing heavy : I'm here! I'm here!



Blasted Fire Drill.



Morning.



Bobber! Fantastic opening.

I have FINALLY convinced my family to NOT BUY GIFTS!!!!!!!

My nephew will be getting Bosox Tix that he'll be attending with his aunt!

My God Daughter will be getting a little trinket and have money donated to her college fund.

And, the girlfriend will be getting little somethings that I know she will like; like a coffee subscription. Sacred Grounds



And, my donation of sweaters and jackets has been made.



Christmas has gotten absolutely out of control.

All of the things I love about Christmas, seem to get lost when I am fighting people at the mall for the latest "MUST HAVE" "BIG THING!" That isn't what it's about. I don't know what it's about for everyone. But, for me, Christmas isabout Peace. It's that one time of year, where I am hopeful that people can be kind to one another, that perhaps we will reflect on our place in the world, and how we can help to leave it better than we found it.

It's about the romantic feeling of that first snowfall, visiting a friend who feels lonely because they don't have a family near at Christmas, the smell of the cookies I am baking for friends, remembering my grand dad when I hear Bing Crosby whistle, and perhaps the naive hope that the feeling of Christmas will touch the powerful few who can decide to turn the world around and end Wars and Violence for all time. That is what Christmas means to little 'ole me.



Comment by livingonli on 11/14/2007 14:54:53
Quote by Raine:HEya Tri... I am surprised you have not chosen a personal Icon yet!


Like this one?



Morning, You might need some of this.

Comment by livingonli on 11/14/2007 14:56:52
More box wine and less bombs.

Comment by TriSec on 11/14/2007 14:58:51
And off to a meeting I go. I'll be back eventually, hold my calls.





Comment by starling310 on 11/14/2007 15:01:12
Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have lost all credibility with me.



Using the "Republican Obstructionist" excuse for everything doesn't cut it. It may cut it for the Lemmings on the wRight, but not with me.

Figure it out! You are legislators for Christ's sake.

If you are getting obstructed , keeping going at that wall, or figure out a way around. Don't just shrug and say "Oh well." George Bush is at 24% approval. There have to be people in that 75% who are on the wRight. Appeal to them. Get them to call their Republican leadership.



No more excuses Nance. Get to work!



Comment by livingonli on 11/14/2007 15:02:26
You go Star.



As the Dixie Chicks say, "I'm not ready to make nice".

Comment by Raine on 11/14/2007 15:06:43
:nerves: they closed my niece's school in Upstate NY becuase they found an Explosive device there this morning!

Comment by Raine on 11/14/2007 15:09:00
Good morning Excellent news about the no gifting this year! I totally agree with you about Christmas.

Comment by velveeta jones on 11/14/2007 15:09:38
Personal icon? I will need a block of cheese.........

Comment by Raine on 11/14/2007 15:09:46
I can find Anything on the news about Red Hook NY.

Comment by starling310 on 11/14/2007 15:10:48
Quote by Raine::nerves: they closed my niece's school in Upstate NY becuase they found an Explosive device there this morning!




Comment by Raine on 11/14/2007 15:11:05
... well...Wow Right wing writer bringing on the mysogonistic bigotry, big time.

Comment by Raine on 11/14/2007 15:11:35


Comment by Raine on 11/14/2007 15:13:51
Quote by velveeta jones:Personal icon? I will need a block of cheese.........
Do we need need to find a Cheese icon?

Comment by wickedpam on 11/14/2007 15:14:12
Morning! :hug:

Comment by starling310 on 11/14/2007 15:15:09
Do Momma and the Mooks still have Commodore 64s and Dot Matrix Printers or what?





Comment by Raine on 11/14/2007 15:18:06
Cheese emoticon coming up in a few!

Comment by Raine on 11/14/2007 15:21:01
HEY! that bumper sounded an AWFUL lot like Lionel...

Comment by wickedpam on 11/14/2007 15:22:31
Hey! How'd you do those personal icons!?

Comment by BobR on 11/14/2007 15:25:51
was someone looking for some ?

Comment by Raine on 11/14/2007 15:26:11
Bwa chicka mwa mwaaaaaa