It has been said that even a broken clock shows the correct time twice daily. Shortly after taking office, Bill O’Reilly asked President Donald J. Trump how he could respect “a killer” like Vladimir Putin. In a harbinger of the year to come, the President demonstrated his conspicuous lack of circumspection and replied, "There are a lot of killers. You think our country's so innocent?"
Not to be outdone by the satirist that remixed the comedic short called “Mr. Potter and the Commies of Bedford Falls” in which Mr. Henry F. Potter is the hero and George Bailey the villain, Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) recently proclaimed, “I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”
Is there any context where that statement might be less offensive to working men and women?
In recent decades, private industry has gradually moved away from providing pensions for employees and the responsibility for preparing for life after constant labor has fallen to the individual.
The current presidential administration appears intent on unraveling our social fabric one thread at a time by further enriching the already wealthy and undercutting the middle class.
Abraham Lincoln long ago proposed that “labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.”