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Where in the ‘Sam Hill’ is the Planet Plutocrat?

Updated on October 15, 2012

So where is it?

Is it in the vicinity of the Planet or Planetoid Pluto, a world on the very outskirts of the solar system blessed with just enough solar radiation to keep its surface temperatures just a few degrees above absolute zero (-459F degrees)? One thing for certain is that this world is out of range and out of touch, much like the world that is the subject of this article

Intimidating Voters

The latest outrage is that of the billionaire Koch brothers threatening the future of their employees’ jobs if they do not vote for the Republican ticket. There have been a couple other instances of wealthy business owners doing similar things within the last week or so. This is a precedent in this election season as I have never heard anyone having the temerity to threaten, and that is what it is, threaten the livelihood of their employees. Drunk with power and influence, they have no restraint and are oblivious to the consequences of this act. Before the conservatives start on “the unions do this as well” stuff, let me tell you that the union is not the employer so lets staunch the tendency of the political right to mislead, here and now, with the idea that we can compare apples with grapefruit.

The Foul Machinations of the Plutocrat

I have warned others in previous articles that this was coming. You figure it out, the right-wingers and plutocrats want to destroy unions and the rights of workers to organize. They resist campaign finance reform which I believe is necessary to get their grubby hands with its corrupting influence away from our elected representatives. This applies to both sides, but the political right has always been more resistant to the concept. Their lackeys, the GOP, use the institutions of government to disenfranchise and intimidate voters from the polls who are likely to resist their schemes. They are adamantly against raising the minimum wage and even question why a minimum wage in necessary. These so called ‘job creators’ will have you eating out of their hand like a foal takes sugar from the hand of a man. In an interesting NPR radio program this morning, the self made wealthy say that middle class is lacking in ambition and industry. The wealthy have enjoyed the American infrastructure that allowed them the ability to acquire and retain wealth. But the very parts of that mechanism, government grants to education, for example, they want to cut. They conveniently ignore the fact that many of these government assistance programs they themselves used to get to their successful outcomes. They would now rather beat everybody on the head over the deficit, to hopefully cut taxes for themselves, eliminating government assistance to those seeking a higher education, making it less likely that the “wannabees” can follow through the same door the affluent had used for themselves. So, is this what Koch and friends are advocating for? Is it only fools that vote against their own interests, being more than happy to cut their own throats in the process?

Plutocrat for President?

So, now enters Mitt Romney who uses the populist language of helping the middle class. But it becomes is obvious that when he was among his own in secret meeting, he expressed a loathing for a substantial portion of American society. I knew people who routinely worked two or more jobs daily just to keep ahead of the curve financially. If the Mitt Romneys and such were allowed to have their way, their already difficult lives would be made all the more so. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the fellow that could not put a word to the circular cake like pastry with a hole in the middle. His slips of the tongue reveal his true nature; he is 100% aristocrat in his background and more importantly, HIS ATTITUDE. Is it any wonder that the right wing plutocrats are falling over themselves to have this guy take control?

A Storm is Coming

As they say, ‘there is no free lunch’. These ‘job creators’ are not going to open the floodgates of generosity and opportunity without a price paid by working and middle classes in this society. You will bow head and bend knee to get their subsistence employment in return for your advocating and voting for an erosion of your rights as a worker in every way. You will become eternally grateful to the ‘company store’, part of a fiefdom in which you exist as a serf beholding to the “King of the Castle”, “Lord of the Manor”. Basically, it is feudalism that translates to nothing less than slavery.

The days of ‘What is Good for General Motors is Good for America’ has long since past. There is a distinct danger at the heart and soul of the American economic dynamo, that being that middle and working classes get kicked to the curve. It will affect social mobility and just as important, the belief people have in it as a relief valve to effect change in their lives for the better. We are not immune to the economic upheavals that have occurred within other societies in the past. The greed and selfishness of these few ‘well heeled’ could unravel American society and ironically, adversely affect them as well. As a proud progressive, I am nervous about any one group of people being allowed to hold all the cards without challenge and counterbalance.


Before the conservatives employ the tired old arguments that liberals hate wealth, I will clear this up. I celebrate achievement in this realm and have my own schemes toward the goal of creating a more affluent Credence2. Meanwhile, I am not concerned about someone having the resources to drive a Jaguar while I have my Chevy, either will get me from point A to point B. However, the integrity I demand from our elected representatives as well as the dignity of people who work to sustain themselves are not for sale at any price. If we entertain such ideas, we get on to a slippery slope to which there may well be no return.


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    • Credence2 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Your opinion in regards to this article is most appreciated, Lorelei . Thanks. ...

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      3 years ago

      The US political system certainly is a monkey show at the moment. Sad to think that an office which should be held with dignity and respect in the eyes of the people has been lowered to such a ridiculous mockery of lies and idiocy.

    • Credence2 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Hello, Max, I can live with economic boycott for certain companies that consistently undermine the prospect for domestic workers. As Joe Biden said at the NAACP conference 'they are gonna put you all back in chains'. Rather than the racial affront that the right was trying to paint, it is the reality of the economic statusof working people. With the plutocrats they will hail a return to the sweatshops and tenement slums of the early part of the 20th century.

      We may find that we have found the enemy and it is us. We need to be more selective as to who it is that we pass our purchase dollar to...The enemy will triumph due to our apathy and desire to save a buck regardless of the cost. If we are to survive as a society and protect our employment a greater level of cooperation between us is necessary.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      7 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      maxoxam41: And we should add that when their factories close down the threat of losing jobs has been accomplished by the very folks who said that such threats were "unheard of" prior to 2012. Jobs are not being created and that is in part due to POTUS not attending meetings of his own jobs council (low priority I guess.)

    • Credence2 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Greetings HS, as always it is good to see you.

      The conservatives always accuse the liberals of fometing class warfare. Well, if we have warfare, they are the ones that started it. The danger of a much less social mobility and opportunity in our society because the plutocrats close the doors behind them are quite real and represent the end of our traditional expectation that a person can rise as high as their ability and desire to work hard can take him or her. Alas, now we have the Koch Brothers.....

    • Credence2 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Tammy, Your gracious comment is quite awesome and most appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment

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      7 years ago from USA

      If they threaten our jobs, let's threaten their products! Without us paying the highest price for their goods, they will sink. No more demand, no more production. And if there's no more production, their factories close down!

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      Howard Schneider 

      7 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      You are absolutely correct, Credence. Mitt Romney is going to be the puppet of the Koch Brothers and the rest of the plutocrats. The new Tea Party class of 2010 are also their puppets. We the 99% are in great danger if Romney wins in November. We will all be Koch puppets then.

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      Tammy Barnette 

      7 years ago

      Credence, well said! Bravo! This is a fantastic hub! You are a wizard of words...beautifully crafted piece of of art...I am in awe:) Thank you for saying the truth so poetically:)


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