posted on 28 December 2015
by Rodger Malcolm Mitchell, www.nofica.com
Why would the middle classes agree to reduce such benefits as unemployment insurance, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and other aids to the poor?
Many of those benefits aid the middle classes, yet they repeatedly vote to reduce them. They vote against their own interests, doing exactly what the rich want them to do. Why?
The Gap is the difference between the "haves" and the "have-nots," the difference between the rich and the rest, the difference between the powerful and the powerless.
The income Gap has been growing for the past 45 years, partly because both political parties have convinced the voting public that benefit restriction is necessary:
(The Gini ratio shows a Gap difference, with "0.000" meaning everyone has the same income and "1.000" meaning one person has all the income)
Although we speak of "the" Gap, there are, in fact, many Gaps. Not only is there a Wealth Gap, an Income Gap and a Power Gap, but there are Gaps between all levels.
For example, there is an Income Gap between the upper .1% income group and the 1% income group, and Gaps between every income group below.
There are Power Gaps between the President of the U.S. and any individual Congressperson, and the lay people below them.
There are salary Gaps, even among various employees in the same companies.
While every Gap has its own characteristics, a generalization can be made about all Gaps:
The occupants of each level wish to narrow the Gaps above themselves and to widen the Gaps below themselves.
The following article demonstrates this generality at play:
Said another way, the higher paid employees did not like the fact that the Income Gap between them and those below them had been narrowed. They looked upon the lower levels as being "inferior," and did not want "inferior" people coming closer, physically, financially or in prestige.
This is comparable to the way the rich feel about the non-rich. "Keep your distance. If you come closer it diminishes our own status."
The very rich - the .1% - make use of that psychology, by convincing the populace that those below them do not deserve help. Thus, the poor are portrayed by the rich as "lazy undeserving takers," who if they receive welfare, would simply loll about and refuse to work.
Nevermind that the poor lead comparatively miserable lives, and few if any would prefer receiving welfare than receiving earned salaries. And nevermind that the working poor - the gardeners, car valets, house cleaners, waiters, fast food employees, factory workers, etc. - work harder and receive less for their efforts than do the rich.
The belief is widespread that the wealthy have earned their largess, while the poor have earned their misery. It is a belief disseminated by the rich and the people who have been bribed by the rich: The media, the politicians and the university economists.
Thus brainwashed, each level tends to vote against its own best interests, so long as those below are hurt more.
It also is a strange quirk of human psychology that the "good deed" of giving to charities benefitting those below seems satisfying, while allowing the government to do the same creates resentment.
NOTE to those who object to the government helping the poor and middle classes: Just know you are doing the dirty work of the rich at your own detriment.
That's just "Gap dumb."
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