Phrases such as income equality, class warfare, and 1% are frequently heard or seen in the media. I read an article at the beach today on the subject of social mobility, which stated that a study has shown little change in the numbers over the past 50 years, but that the numbers have always been low. One conclusion, summed up be the saying of a political scientist: poor people “made the mistake of being born into a poor family”.
This subject came to mind as I watched the ship--this bloody monster cannot be called a yacht--in the below photo glide into view off the shore of Dubai and drop anchor.
The photo is a true example of income inequality. People enjoying the beach, such as those in the photo...and me, can afford to spend a few days at a resort and are served by workers from the poorest countries, but can’t hold a candle to the guy who rides his helicopter from his boat to somewhere in Dubai.
A good cartoon can communicate precisely with a drawing and few words. The best political cartoonists often hit the nail on the head better than their wordy brethren.
A friend with similar leanings recently sent me a collection of political cartoons, each with something to say about the current political debates (or lack of such) raging in the United States. I have selected two, which illustrate some of the rants I have so inadequately attempted in this blog. 'Nuf said.
An educated population is advantageous for any country and its society, but detrimental to the ruling "class".
The battle to widen the gulf between rich and poor and destroy The United States of America (as foreseen by the Founding Fathers and encapsulated in the American Dream) continues to rage.
Have you noticed how certain highly paid newsreaders and commentators--who "work" one hour a day reading words written by someone else from a teleprompter, while receiving instructions through an earpiece--criticize teachers for earning too much and only working nines months per year? Their writers have even managed to put words in their mouths comparing average teacher salaries to the average wage of all workers. They don't mention that the average wage has fallen, as workers migrate from good-paying industry jobs to serving hamburgers, tacos, and coffee (managed by the same folks that are going after teachers). I guess Americans want to have their children taught by teachers earning minimum wage. That's the way it's headed.
Opinion: There are good teachers, and there are mediocre teachers. There are hard workers, and there lazy ones. There are conscientious ones and just-get-by one. But you will find such a mix in any field and in any organization. Teachers must show up for work each day in deteriorating classrooms and face unruly students, who are rarely taught manners or discipline at home.
It's amazing to what ends greedy people will go to avoid paying a bit of tax for adequate services. I guess that these shameless people do not care, because the money saved on taxes can be spent on private schools.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.