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Money vs Human: Who Has More Power?

Updated on February 28, 2013

The bottom 50% of earners now own less than 1% of the Nation’s Wealth

If a dollar bill and a human got into a battle, who would win?

Money troubles got you down in the dumps? Working two jobs and still unable to pay all the bills? Does the pressure facing you seem impossible to tackle alone? That’s because it is.

Take this into consideration: Ants would be demolished in seconds if they went at the world alone. So instead, they use their gigantic population to travel in hoards. While their small- yet razor sharp teeth- can hardly do any damage alone, in a group the task of taking down predators becomes rather quick and easy. The Army Ant for instance, travels in packs that can span up to 45 feet wide. Even small birds don’t stand a chance against a pack this large. Coined by biologists as one of the most evolved species, ants are still seen by most as unnecessarily annoying. Yet their ability to ban together- to even outlive the dinosaurs- proves that there is something worth imitating from the ant world: team work.

Imagine a factory worker. With little money and prestige, they are fairly powerless in our society. Now imagine this one single worker linking arms with all of their coworkers, marching through the streets to collect other underpaid persons. This chain would grow so large no cop car could stop them; no single judgment could hurt them. Alone, the working poor is the least powerful entity but as a whole the unemployed and underpaid workers are extremely powerful. They make up one of the largest sects of our society, far bigger than the handful of comfortably wealthy

43% of Americans have less than $10,000 in savings (Employment Benefit Research Institute CNN). This is because nearly 61% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck (CNBC). If one of these families gets sick, which they do everyday, there is hardly any backup measures for them to take. Basically, they are screwed as they quickly shift from working-class to poor. Rich families have something to fall back on, making their demise that much more impossible.

Not to mention, the people who have the least are often working the hardest. While the Romney family enjoys their beach house and vacations abroad in exchange for their hard work, others- like Theresa- never get a break, they simply can’t afford one. Perhaps this would be fair if Theresa didn’t work hard, if she were lazy. Instead, Theresa works full-time for a clothing company grossing millions of dollars a year selling couture clothing made in the USA. In the heart of Los Angeles many work at these same-type factories, hot and without AC, these are literal sweatshops that hardly pay minimum wage. By the end of the day, Theresa’s hands are tired and scarred, her neck in a cramp, and she returns home to a crappy apartment infested with termites and mold. Tomorrow, she’ll wake up at five am and do it all again. If she feels too sick to go, someone else will be waiting to take her place. In the world of the working poor, employees become disposable commodities.

I argue that this is not fair. The world was made for all of us to enjoy, not some of us who are lucky enough to work for more than a living wage.

The working class may take on the most difficult and tedious labor but they are getting the least in return for their backbreaking efforts. Promised as the land of opportunity, many Americans are wondering why opportunity never comes knocking on their doors.

Money earns you friends, connections, degrees, and more money. Being poor earns you no insurance, high bills, no money, and debt. While money is needed to survive, it’s becoming harder to obtain as the rich collect the majority of it for purposes completely unnecessary or productive to this planet. Many Americans struggle to pay their bills while the CEO of their underpaying company indulges on $100,000 sofas for their private home.

Questionable Values

One of Mitt Romney's many homes.
One of Mitt Romney's many homes. | Source
These Orange County, California kids live in the bed-bug infested motel seen in the background. They are pictured digging in the dumpster for their 'new' toy.
These Orange County, California kids live in the bed-bug infested motel seen in the background. They are pictured digging in the dumpster for their 'new' toy. | Source

The Rich get Richer

90% of Americans make under $100,000 a year and own just under 10% of all assets. The other 10% of Americans make over $100,000 a year and they own just over 91% of all assets.
90% of Americans make under $100,000 a year and own just under 10% of all assets. The other 10% of Americans make over $100,000 a year and they own just over 91% of all assets.

Man with a Vision

Karl Marx is a man I'd like to have dinner with if he ever came back from the dead!

We have Marx to thank for what social science is today, he was busy studying humans back in the peak of industrialization. At this time in history, American factories were springing up everywhere. Anyone who was not rich enough to own something went to work on the assembly line. The laborious and repetitive position each factory worker employed was curiously dangerous to Marx. He predicted that workers, or "the-have-nots," would eventually rebel against the factory workers, or "the-haves." They only had to realize that although they have no power in their single-self, they have the most power in numbers.

Karl Marx

I think he looks so nice!
I think he looks so nice!

Even the President Agrees

“We can win a race in which the other side spends more than we do. But not this much more.” -Barack Obama

This is a direct quote from one of Obama’s campaign emails. Is he suggesting that in America we must have the most money to win? I’ll give him a little break; he does say that he could win if the gap were not so big. Unfortunately, the income gaps in our own society are even wider than Romney’s lead on Obama. Obama is saying that it doesn’t matter how hard we work, it takes large sums of money to actually win; solidifying the end of the outdated message brought forth by meritocracy.

And this coming from a man who is already bloated with power the rest of us can’t even fathom. Obama is our President for crying out loud! How much money could he possibly need to campaign? Shouldn’t his morals and policies simply speak for themselves? Of course some of you political junkies out there are screaming at the screen now- “No! He needs that money to win!” And yes, he might but does that really make any bit of logical sense? Money is talking so much that it could dictate who runs our country… yet money is socially constructed, created by us and now somehow ruling us?

What if Obama took all his campaign money and spent it on something useful? Like helping some of the 46 million families in America currently trapped in the clenched teeth of poverty. I know that would secure my vote over any pricey commercial or well-written speech.

There are only so many high-paying jobs and everyone else is left either unemployed or working hard to barely survive. In a world where money rules, what are people supposed to do without it? Getting ahead is not the easy leap those who have spent a lifetime at the top believe it to be. And the poor are not often undeserving or lazy; they are instead stuck in a cycle badly in need of repairs.

So who speaks for you? Money or humanity?

While the Rich Relax, Poor Kids Suffer

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      I have always said that money is the root of all evil. Those in power have the money and the rest are left on a string catering to the whims and fancies to their liking. Throughout history this has rang true way more often than not. Now is worse than anytime in history, not only in the states but worldwide.

      However, the true measure of a man or woman is not by what you own or how much money you have but by what you do in this life and by helping others. Love is the key and reins over all. Not to preach, but one should live by faith of God every single day. Love is the answer. One cannot take their belongs with them after they die. One must nurture the spirit here on earth and embrace others with that loving spirit. It is the spirit that will go with you after you leave your body. Be thankful for what you have. You are living, breathing, loving. Have faith that all will be well. For we are in hard time and faith is what will get us through.

      Obviously this is a great Hub!!!! You inspired me to write feedback that is almost a novel. Thank you for sharing. Voted up for awesome and useful. God bless.

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      Becky Bruce 4 years ago from San Diego, CA

      mecheshier, thank you for the uplifting and thoughtful comment! You sound like an absolutely lovely person with a lot of beautiful things to say. Glad you enjoyed and glad to have you as a follower.

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      Wow Becky, thank you. I am honored. You seem like a lovely person as well. Yes, I did enjoy this Hub. It has many great things to say that are very insightful. I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

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      Ann-Christin 4 years ago from UK

      A very good hub I agree with everything you said. The gap between the rich and poor is getting bigger every day. I get really fed up hearing the news every day how the latest banker has been paid off with millions. While the rest of us work harder and get poorer and that's if you are even lucky enough to have a job.

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      Becky Bruce 4 years ago from San Diego, CA

      thanks for reading christin53! I always enjoy reading your insights and feelings on issues. I'm currently one of the people looking for employment and it is not easy!!

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