How the 1% Control the Rest of Us (AISOTB #28)

images-2The shops in Mid-town Los Angeles were buzzing today.

As I sat on the bus I looked out at all the people and cars that filled the sunny streets outside the shopping center. I rejoiced. “Ah, the U.S. economy is doing well,” I smiled to myself. This post-Christmas shopping rush will boost the economy. I felt happy, pleased.

Yet much of this business, this cash flow, this money train was headed to the overflowing coffers of the 1%. Not to me. Not you either. (Most likely you’re not in the 1% either, like 99% likely you’re not in the 1%)

The money goes to the rich. The rich get richer. The poor get more action movies.

Yet, there I was, and here I still am, sitting on the bus looking out at the busy human spectacle, happy for the economy.

Happy for them. Happy for the rich 1%.

Now that’s control.

To conclude this week’s As I Sat On The Bus entry, here’s a quote

“There’s a sucker born every minute.” P.T. Barnum

and a political song by Bumba

10 thoughts on “How the 1% Control the Rest of Us (AISOTB #28)

  1. Yes. Next year we will work to have a real financial reform bill introduced. They got off the hook again, as they control the media and the Congress hook, line and sinker. A Happy New Year and don’t give up the fight.

  2. Same here unfortunately, Bumba. The poor get poorer, the middle class bleeds and the rich get richer. The banks haven’t reformed nor has the housing market. We have wasted a good crisis.
    May 2014 be a better year. Best wishes.

  3. As I sat on the bus, I wondered. Hmmm, I’m riding this same old bus which gets rickety, shaky and noisy by the day – going to and fro the same office and same home. The distance remains the same. But three things have changed: the bus is worse off now than before; the streets are more congested; and it costs more for the bus ticket. One thing has not changed – my salary!

    1. Same story. To continue with my P.T. Barnum quote: It’s amazing that Ronald Regan et al were able to sell to the public a “trickle down” economic policy. Last I heard, a drop isn’t that much.

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