Billionaire fears Holocaust
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
February 24, 2014 02:05 PM | 2622 views | 10 10 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

The Holocaust should remain forever seared into the collective conscience of mankind. The systematic slaughter of six million men, women and children must also never be trivialized.

So it was repulsive that a Harvard-educated billionaire would compare the national conversation about income inequality to Hitler’s persecution of the Jews.

“Writing from the epicenter of progressive thought, San Francisco, I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its ‘one percent,’ namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the ‘rich,’” Perkins wrote to the Wall Street Journal.

“This is a very dangerous drift in our American thinking. Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendant ‘progressive’ radicalism unthinkable now?” Perkins asked.

Income inequality is an undeniable economic trend that can be traced back 30 years to the Reagan tax cuts. So asking what can be done to correct the disparity is the same as Kristallnacht?

Oh, you’re not familiar with Kristallnacht?

On the night of November 9-10, 1938, Hitler unleashed his jack booted storm troopers on Jews throughout Germany and Austria. As police looked on, they murdered 91 innocent people, destroyed thousands of Jewish homes and businesses, and burned more than 1,000 synagogues before sending 30,000 Jews to concentration camps.

Kristallnacht – crystal night – is named for the broken glass littering German and Austrian streets in the aftermath of the atrocity. It was the horrific, inhuman first act of the Holocaust that was soon to follow.

Perkin’s comparison of progressives to Nazis is by now threadbare. Almost from the moment he took office, right wingers portrayed President Obama as Hitler, revealing their ignorance over who Hitler was and the monstrosity he fathered.

That’s what you do when you can’t debate rationally; call your opponent Hitler and the argument is over.

Tom Perkins is in no danger of progressives confiscating his personal submarine (yes, personal submarine). His many homes aren’t going to be burned to the ground.

He and his family won’t be gassed because progressives ask why the manifold economic benefits Perkins enjoys have never trickled down to the middle class and working poor as promised by conservatives.

Perkins specious letter is not only an obscene affront to the memory of those millions murdered in the Holocaust, it’s a slap in the face to Americans who work hard, follow the rules, and yet see almost no economic progress.

While 82-year-old Tom Perkins agonizes over which Swiss bank he’ll use to stash his excess cash (somebody should tell this guy there are no luggage racks on hearses), you might be worried about making your next car payment.

Perkins has his defenders among the highly-paid right wing media shills who dependably lay down a steady barrage of lies, misinformation and distortions to make sure middle class Americans stay confused, scared and angry at the wrong people.

“Perkins barely scratched the surface of the War on Wealth that has spread under the Obama regime,” screeched MDJ columnist Michelle Malkin, amplifying Perkins’ shameful Nazi canard.

Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum, who presumably has only one job, chirped that working “two and three jobs to make ends meet” is “uniquely American.”

So pity the sad plight of billionaire Tom Perkins.

But save your tears for the 50-something Marietta executive who’s been out of work for two years and just lost his unemployment check thanks to the GOP; or the single Kennesaw mother who’s trying to raise two children on a fulltime minimum wage of $15,080 per year; or the disabled veteran in Powder Springs whose food stamp benefits were cut off by Republicans.

The problem with those folks, says Perkins' fellow billionaire Sam Zell, is that they're just plain lazy. "The 1 percent work harder," Zell declared recently, "the 1 percent are much bigger factors in all forms of our society."

Not all billionaires share Perkins’ paranoid delusions.

Warren Buffet agrees class warfare is being waged, “…but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning,” said the Oracle of Omaha.

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March 06, 2014
February 28, 2014
Glad you made it back.

We're still waiting for a few thoughts on how to fix the perceived income inequality issue.

Isn't that what adults do? If you see a problem, propose a solution?
Kevin Foley
February 27, 2014
Cobb Co Guy - Sounds like I hit the nail on the head.
February 25, 2014
Progressives are so predictable. I present a few thoughts to "argue the substance" of income inequality, and what does our friend KF do? He painted a picture of me.

Nicely done, KF! Your gifted pen did not disappoint.

No rebuttal. No counterargument, or rejoinder. Nothing. Nothing but a disparaging image.

C'mon, KF. Put on your big boy pants. Man up.

The income inequality argument implies a zero sum game. Yes? No?

It's your turn to "argue the substance." The slack jaws of Cobb County await your erudite commentary.
Kevin Foley
February 25, 2014
Cobb County Guy (whoever you are) - There you are in your double wide, the 1984 Crown Vic parked out front. You're seated at your linoleum topped kitchen table that once belonged to your grandmother, jaw slack, picking your nose, wearing stained underpants, and staring at the screen on your IBM PC circa 1995 with its dial up connection.

You don't make a lot of money. Your life is unfulfilling. I'm guessing you work the grill on the graveyard shift at WaHo or perhaps you're on the overnight floor crew at Publix.

You probably smoke unfiltered Camels and enjoy Duck Dynasty in back-to-back-to-back episodes as you eat bag after bag of Cheet-ohs. The last movie that really, really touched you was "Joe Dirt."

Your wife left you years ago to take up with that tow truck driver in Jonesboro and thought she'd moved in with Hugh Jackman compared to her time with you.

Just read what you wrote below out loud to yourself and you'll know why you've painted this picture of yourself for all of us to marvel at.

No wonder you stay anonymous.
February 25, 2014
Has anyone else ever noticed how KF never questions Lib in Cobb's anonymity?

Curiouser and curiouser.
February 25, 2014
"Income inequality is an undeniable economic trend that can be traced back 30 years to the Reagan tax cuts."

Progressives love their talking points. Talking points appeal to their low info voters.

Blowing off income inequality as the result of nothing more than tax rates is tantamount to saying global warming (or climate change or whatever they are calling it these days) is only dependent on the level of additional carbon dioxide in the atmosphere coming from human activity.

Of course income inequality exists, as does talent inequality, looks inequality, effort inequality, choice inequality, and, yes, circumstances inequality.

Sidebar: yes, I'm in favor of some assistance to those experiencing circumstances inequality. But that is a topic for another time.

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs (RIP) became fabulously wealthy. Because of their talent, effort, and choices, how many folks now have a computer at home? How about a smart phone? Said differently, who out there (raise your hand) was HARMED by Gates's and Jobs's accumulation of wealth? On the contrary, I'd say ours lives have been enriched by them.

Income inequality is a red herring. It is more useful to look at consumption inequality that has, and continues, to decrease. My dad could have spoken about the time when not many folks had automobiles. I remember when color TVs were a luxury. Remember the gigantic car phones 30 years ago? I could go on, but you see the point, right? Consumption inequality is decreasing and we can thank free markets for that.

So, please, let's stop the "income inequality" envy foolishness.

Let's have some fun, shall we?

Assume that income inequality really is a problem. How do you rectify it? Mandate that every working person in the U.S. earns the exact same salary?


How about a Gubmint agency to set various levels, or bands, of income by industry, job title, education, etc.?

KF, would you mind having U.S. Auditor Billy Bob from the "Income Distribution Bureau" (IDB) come to your business for the purpose of conducting an audit to determine compliance with the IDB statutes?

U.S. Auditor Billy Bob: KF, I see Bubba has a Masters Degree, but you're only paying him $X.

KF: True, but Bubba has only been here one year. He's on track for an increase provided his work product meets our standards.

U.S. Auditor Billy Bod: Doesn't matter. According to the Prevailing Income Tables, education is the only income factor for your industry. Increase his salary to $1.5X, retroactive to his date of hire. In addition, you will pay a penalty of 20% of one year's salary to the IDB.

Kevin Foley
February 25, 2014
Cobb Co. Guy (whoever you are) - Care to argue the substance of this blog? I didn't think so.
February 24, 2014
"That’s what you do when you can’t debate rationally; call your opponent Hitler and the argument is over."

If memory serves, didn't the Progressives compare Bush and Cheney to Hitler, I dunno, once or twice?

Faux outrage from our progressive friend, folks.
Lib in Cobb
February 24, 2014
Thank you Kevin.
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