No Justice, No Peas

October 18th, 2011

A follow-up to Give Peas a Chance, inspired by The Democrats’ chance (Eugene Robinson,Washington Post10/18/11).

 

 “It’s not going to get easier.  It’s going to get harder.  So we might as well do it now — pull off the Band-Aid; eat our peas. Now is the time to do it.” – President Obama

 

“The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.” – Dr. Martin Luther King I Have a Dream speech

 

“By calling attention to this unholy alliance of financial power and political power, the Occupy Wall Streetprotests struck a nerve. The Republican Party is trapped on the wrong side of this issue. Democrats should be moving boldly, not timidly, to claim the issue of economic justice as their own.” – Eugene Robinson

 

Yes, Americahas to eat our peas, and deficits must be pared,

But if we must have sacrifice, then that sacrifice must be shared.

 

For the working and middle class, that hasn’t happened lately:

Their income has fallen, but the top 1 percent’s has increased (greatly).

 

There’s one easy way to reverse this trend,

But allowing things to keep getting worse has to end.

 

A good fist step in overthrowing corporatocracy’s rule

Is to implement the millionaire’s surtax and Buffet Rule.

 

Of course, that would violate Repubs’ “cut everything” solution,

They claim it’s punitive socialist wealth redistribution.

 

Is it redistribution if basic services are being cut

In order to finance yet another tax cut?

 

Is it redistribution if taxes are the lowest they’ve been in sixty years

And wealth is more concentrated than in the robber baron years?

 

Is it redistribution with one income group is getting free rides

And we’re not even close to paying for the services the government provides?

 

Is it redistribution if Wall Street billionaires

Pay just 15% tax because they make a living trading shares?

 

Is it redistribution when one of the 261 millionaires in the Senate and House

Pays a lower tax rate than the people that clean his house?

 

Is it redistribution if rich corporations pay not a penny in tax

And then use their profits to fund anti-government attacks?

 

Is it redistribution when Wall Street causes a recession

And is saved only at the taxpayer’s intercession?

 

Oh yes, that’s redistribution, all right,

But it’s all been upwards, and to the right.

 

It’s been wealth redistribution in the wrong direction,

And that’s the main cause of the OSW insurrection.

 

Americaswant to right these economic wrongs

And restore economic balance to the way it belongs.

 

We want the top 1 percent’s help in pulling back from the abyss,

And just a small measure of economic justice.

 

It’s justice to ask the rich to pay slightly more

The government services they benefit from to restore.

 

It’s justice to ask the rich to give back some of the gain

That they by dint of living inAmericaobtain.

 

It’s justice for the hedge fund entrepreneur

To have a higher tax rate than his chauffeur.

 

It’s justice for corporations to help pay for the roads and bridges they enjoy,

And help educate the workers they employ.

 

It’s justice for Wall Street to contribute to the cost

Of survival for those who their jobs, savings, and homes were lost.

 

It’s justice (and also just is pure common sense)

For a millionaire in Congress to pay more tax than his constituents.

 

No, we’re not talking about wealth redistribution,

Just slightly more equitable cost distribution.

 

And it’s not redistribution, socialism, or class warfare

To want to make our tax code slightly more fair.

 

Yes, Americans are more than willing to eat their peas,

But we’d like a little economic justice with that, if you please.

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Click here to read my jobs, infrastructure, and revenue ideas, and sign this Change.org Economic Justice petition to tell the President and Congress that America needs a real plan for jobs and economic growth (you can’t have one without the other).

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