Today’s output from Blogistan Polytechnic Institute’s state-of-the-art HEMMED (High-Energy Meta Mojo Elucidation Detector) machine is the answer to a question that has been plaguing me for a while. Today I was finally able to “peel away” the “layers”.

Last night I was reading the news and stumbled across a poll that showed that 77 percent of Americans would prefer that taxes be raised on salaries over $106,800 rather than have the retirement age raised. Basically, people are saying what many sensible people have been saying for a long time: raise the salary cap to help pay for Social Security.

The poll did not surprise me … Social Security has been a very popular program with working people for as long as it has been in existence. And working people, those whose income comes from primarily from wages, are a pretty sizeable percentage of Americans.

What did surprise me was that 67% of tea partiers feel the same way. These are the folks that the so-called deficit hawks who took over the House of Representatives last fall are supposed to be representing.

Another poll conducted by SurveyUSA for Democracy for America found that 85% of voters polled are opposed to cutting Social Security and that 55%, including Republicans by a 2 to 1 margin, favored changing the Social Security tax cap over cutting benefits. Again, that’s Republicans as in the newly-minted majority in the House of Representatives.

That got me thinking. Just who are these “lets raise the retirement age to balance the budget” guys?

We know that it is very popular among some groups. There’s the “deficit commission”, for example, which wants to cut Social Security to reduce the deficit even though Social Security is not part of the federal budget. Paul Ryan with his Americans as Roadkill proposal wants to eliminate Social Security completely. Many conservatives want to replace “Social Security” with “Wall Street Crapshoot” because the free-market always knows best. 😯 Independently wealthy politicians want to “simply” raise the retirement age to 69.

And then this morning while I was reading the BPI Campus news feeds, I read this “news” story and it all became clear:

At a press conference Tuesday, the World Heritage Committee officially recognized the Gap Between Rich and Poor as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” describing the global wealth divide as the “most colossal and enduring of mankind’s creations.”

“Of all the epic structures the human race has devised, none is more staggering or imposing than the Gap Between Rich and Poor,” committee chairman Henri Jean-Baptiste said. “It is a tremendous, millennia-old expanse that fills us with both wonder and humility.”

“And thanks to careful maintenance through the ages, this massive relic survives intact, instilling in each new generation a sense of awe,” Jean-Baptiste added.[…]

Records indicate the work likely began around 10,000 years ago, when the world’s first landed elites convinced their subjects that construction of such a monument was the will of a divine authority, a belief still widely held today.

The Gap

It’s those guys … the ones on the top of that chart. Probably because the bodies of the “little people” will cushion their fall.

Happy Tuesday to everyone and fist bumps!

The BPI Campus Progressive agenda:
1. People matter more than profits.
2. The earth is our home, not our trash can.
3. We need good government for both #1 and #2.

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