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The Yellow Brick Road to Wealth in America is by Inheritance

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Recent news has six heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune enjoying more wealth than a thirty percent slice of the entire population of the United States.
Doing the arithmetic:  30% of 310 = 93, 93 / 6 = 15.5 mil, or in words:  EACH of the Walton 6 (who has done nothing to earn or deserve it) has as much wealth as  FIFTEEN  AND  ONE  HALF  MILLION  other Americans.  That is:  EACH of the Walton kiddies owns as much as the population equivalent of New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago COMBINED
Somehow I can find little consolation in the proposition that we are all born equal in the eyes of God when I consider the ungodly odds at 15.5 million-to-one against!
Dayem, think of the difficulty of just storing and guarding that kind of wealth! 
The American dream:  Anyone can become a billionaire, and Hey, it used to be just a millionaire!  Of course the best way to accomplish this feat is to be lucky enough to have a very rich and dead daddy.
Dayem, and this naif thought the Waltons were just a TV show.  I guess it was a reality show, because this is reality in today's America.
We can change (oops!) all this, but it will not happen under any of the current Republican whackos, nor under Pontificator Hopey Changey (C'mon, Dems, get a grip!) unless one owns considerable stock in a weapons company, pharmaceutical or medical-insurance firm, or an investment bank, or -- again -- has a very rich daddy.
Just sort'a thinkin' and daring the unpopularity and disdain to suggest like perhaps maybe we might possibly ought to consider a sane alternative to the partisan addiction to the "lesser-evil" conviction.  And while we're at it, muster the courage and integrity to take a peek at the Truman-Eisenhower era income and inheritance tax tables.
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