A lot of propagandists and blowhards from the Beltway are suggesting that we should ask:  “Are you better off today than you were two years ago?”  That’s the wrong question folks.  Don’t let these crooks define the topics of conversation for us in 2012.  Take control of the rhetoric.

It should be something more along the lines of  this:

What is the percentage of increase of the net worth of your Congressman over the past two years compared to yours?

And you may as well start baking those pies now because you are going to need them in 2012.  For you see, while we have been sliding every closer into the abyss of poverty, that is not true for the millionaires and multi-millionare elected officials in Congress.  The have been doing just fine.  Another name for “jobless recovery” is “feeding frenzy for the rich sharks”–and guess who is on their menu?  And if you think that your elected officials in Washington are not among them, you are most likely wrong.

Here again is the illustration of a champion pie thower from the days of another depression in America:


FYI  regarding Net Worth of Most Americans

While there are only four or five members of both houses of Congress who have a negative net worth, that is not the case for the majority of Americans. A study I read back in January that was put out by Career Builder stated that 77% of all Americans now live paycheck to paycheck.  Thus all of these people have a NEGATIVE net worth–they owe more than they own. Furthermore, with the current legislation being passed by the jackasses of both parties, this is not likely to change.

Today, minimum wage almost anywhere in the USA is NOT a living wage so if minimum wage is what a corporation offers for most of its employees, that is not enough–regardless what the rich corporate millionaire pimps in Congress tell us.  Two years ago it was determined that Americans who live in any major urban area of the USA and earn minimum wage cannot afford even a modest one-bedroom apartment on such a salary.  In other words, if you live in Miami, Dallas, Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, etc. and earn minimum wage you cannot, on that salary even afford to pay the rent on a one-bedroom apartment, much less buy your clothes, food and pay for health care needs.

If you are interested in learning more about what a living wage is, here is a link to a site with a living wage calculator:  Poverty in America Living Wage Calculator Select the state in which you are interested and you will see a table that displays information regarding the amount of money that a worker in that state must earn in order to have a decent living.


A friend of mine who has been looking for a job for almost a year called me yesterday to tell me that she got a job as a cashier at Wal-Mart.  She is 40 years old, She has 15 years experience and a Masters degree in counseling.  She will start at $7.25 an hour.  She is a single parent so her 12 year old daughter will have to babysit her 5 year old sister this summer while mom is at work.  Oh and did I mention?  It’s only part-time and she won’t be given more than 33 hours a week–otherwise Wal-Mart might have to fork over more benefits.

And my friends big boss, Michael Duke, CEO of Walmart has an annual salary of $35 million.  Last July Ed Smith, an alderman in Chicago presented posters at a city council meeting showing that Mr. Duke’s salary, when converted to an hourly wage, worked out to be $16,826.92  By comparison, at a Walmart store planned for Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood, new employees to be paid $8.75 an hour would gross $13,650 a year.

Thus, I guess if we were to use the example of my friend, who is being paid $7.25 an hour and will only be working 33 hours a week [she applied for full-time], she will be earning less than what Mr. Duke earns in 30 minutes.

If this is Democracy, then we need to take a look at a different form of government because Democracy is just another word for slavery for the rich.

Liz Berry

Liz Berry