Tax the Rich, Feed the Poor?

By JC

Well, not quite: Tax the rich, cut Medicare and Medicaid…

40 years later, it all still makes sense (at least to this old hippy). Alvin Lee — once known as the world’s fastest guitar player — has always been one of my all-time favorite guitarists!

Open thread on Obama’s overture to the right. Lyrics after the jump.

“I’d Love to Change the World” — Ten Years After

Everywhere is freaks and hairies
Dykes and fairies, tell me where is sanity
Tax the rich, feed the poor
Till there are no rich no more

I’d love to change the world
But I dont know what to do
So I’ll leave it up to you

Population keeps on breeding
Nation bleeding, still more feeding economy
Life is funny, skies are sunny
Bees make honey, who needs money, monopoly

I’d love to change the world
But I dont know what to do
So I’ll leave it up to you

World pollution, theres no solution
Institution, electrocution
Just black and white, rich or poor
Them and us, stop the war

I’d love to change the world
But I dont know what to do
So I’ll leave it up to you

From “A Space in Time” (1971)

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  1. lizard19

    Paul Ryan is moaning about class warfare. well, we’ve been seeing class warfare for years now, and it’s resulted in the largest transfer of wealth in US history, an unprecedented assault on unions, targeting the New Deal’s social safety net, and blowing our dwindling national resources on imperial wars.

    the wealthy who have benefited from this inequitable system can either share in the sacrifices being made by the majority of Americans, or they can invest in personal security systems to keep the rabble from their doorsteps.

    because if it gets bad enough in this country, that’s a real possibility.

  2. lizard19

    here is another example of class warfare:

    While most of America suffers through recession and unemployment, luxury retailers and service providers are doing quite well. With corporate profits remaining high, the moneyed elites continue to enjoy 5-star hotels, private jets, fancy jewelry, and splendid works of art. Their friends commanding those industries couldn’t be happier.

    Such is the case with Sotheby’s, the famous art auction house in Manhattan, New York, which reported $680 million in gross profits last year, its largest take in its history. And the company’s assault on the very workers who make it what it is represents one of the darkest aspects of America’s jobless economic recovery.

    Sotheby’s abruptly cut off contract negotiations with Teamsters Local 814, which represents its 43 art handlers, demanding that they accept a 10 percent wage cut, caps on overtime and an end to their retirement benefits. The workers have been locked out without pay since August 1. To add insult to injury, the company two days announced that its net income for the last quarter was up 48 percent from the previous year–the “best quarter in Sotheby’s history,” bragged company president Bill Ruprecht.

    “They want to bring in low wage non-union laborers to contribute: no benefits, low wages, no rights on the job, that whole package, and not necessarily people who have art handling experience,” said union president Jason Ide, a former art handler. “We think it’s a risk to put masterpieces in the hands of these replacement laborers.”




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