What's more, the corporations they represent continue to get away with paying very little in taxes, thanks to loopholes in the tax code written by their shyster lawyers and lobbyists and rubber stamped by the politicians they hold in their pockets "like so many nickels and dimes."
And how bad is it? According to a recent study by the Government Accountability Office, "Two-thirds of American corporations paid no taxes in 2005." Once again, this is all part of the free market paradigm, which rewards the rich and well connected at the expense of everyone else. Or as the super rich heiress and "Queen of Mean" Leona Helmsley once proclaimed: "Only the little people pay taxes."
Thus, with a system as unfair and corrupt as ours, and, until recently, with a populace as deluded about the benefits of capitalism as ours, is it any wonder that free market elitists have gone wild and feel entitled to glom billions of dollars while millions are broke and out of work?
And is it any wonder that George W. Bush, the quintessential, well-connected elitist who ran the country into the ground financially and ethically during his time in office, would feel entitled to wipe his sweaty hand on an ex-president's shirt?
Sure, it's funny--like something out of a Mel Brooks movie--but it's no joke. The super rich and well-connected have been doing it to average citizens in the U.S. for over three decades.
The question is--have average citizens finally wised up and gotten pissed off enough to demand a fairer economic system? Or are they still going to allow themselves to be used as human towels by guys like George W. Bush?
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