Morning Joe's Rich Guys Just Glad They're In The 1 Percent

Morning Joe put up a graphic graphic and everything, showing absolutely terrible economic numbers for the vast majority of Americans. But, you know, it wasn't like any of the MJ panel were going to give a crap about something so remote to their own lives.
When bad economic news—we mean like catastrophically bad economic news—was announced for 80% of Americans, the other 20% were just glad they weren't stupid enough to be part of that great, poor, majority.

And that was especially true this AM at the Morning Joe desk, where the crew of 1-percenters were all talking about the new AP survey that showed 80% of Americans now report being near poverty at some point in their lives.

That means 4 out of 5 Americans report being unemployed and struggling to the point of depending on welfare to get by at some point in their lives.

And, more than 15% of Americans, which amounts to 46 million people, are at or below the poverty line.

After showing these statistics, the Morning Joe panel, which does not include of course anybody at risk of being poor—ever—ranged from expressing some concern about doing something (never specified of course) about inequality, to the starkly clueless (or honest) sentiments of Richard N. Haass, Chairman of The Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank of rich people, whose mission statement says it hopes to assist its members to "better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries."

We might say it would be good to understand the world by starting to understand one's own country, but here is what Richard N. Haass said when he was asked about the income inequality impacting so many millions of Americans:
"I think there’s a danger in crafting or framing the question or problem as one of income inequality. Cause then you get into the politics of redistribution, taxing more and so forth. To me, a much more fruitful conversation for the President and this country is how to restore American economic growth. We’re growing at roughly half the post-WWII average. How is it we expand the pie, rather than simply have this tired conversation about how to divide the pie?"
Haass had his Romney working for him this morning, as he plainly said the concerns of poor, struggling, Americans bore him. As he said, what HE is concerned about is how to get more pie, which you know we already actually have gotten, without any useful impact for 80% of Americans, who remain at risk of poverty. Haass just means that no matter how big the pie is—rich people fucking own it. Now what are you gonna do? Cry?
Yeah, how can we expand the pie? After all, corporate and rich people profits are at record levels. Let's not bore the rich with discussions of sharing some of their enormous, already expanding, pie with the LOSERS they despise. Let's not threaten to tax these highly deserving louts, who have gotten away with tax crimes you would be locked up forever for—except you wouldn't because then you'd be rich.

And let's talk instead about the slow rate of American Pie growth. Why does Obama suck so bad in getting rich people more pie?

That was what Richard N. Haass wanted to know, not about how a better, fairer division of the pie could be obtained.

As Steve Rattner replied to Haass, there was a simple answer to his question about slower growth. One, the government was taxing rich people just a little more, but mainly the slower rate of growth was attributable to Sequestration, the automatic budget cuts—TO GOVERNMENT—that have negatively impacted the entire economy.

One interesting aspect of the increase in tax revenues and the automatic budget cuts is that all of a sudden the dire blather, perpetrated by people like Richard N. Haass, about the problems the USA faces with long-term debt, have been shown to be ridiculous.

The deficit has been cut to a point where long-term debt looks to pose no threat to the short or long-term economy of the USA. Government projections about debt in ten years are now well under the panic level Haass was claiming was inevitable just three years ago in one of his policy papers.

But then Haass was basing his Chicken Little nonsense on the discredited work of Reinhart and Rogoff.

As Paul Krugman has pointed out about people like Haass—and most of the rich, poor-hating, crew of pundits employed to promote rich people's interest in the MSM—no matter how often they get things wrong, they don't get fired.

Instead, Richard N. Haass has vigorously argued for poor people to get fired and to suffer, through stimulus cuts and social services cuts—saying austerity is necessary to avoid—austerity. Again, Krugman has pointed out how idiotic that idea is.

This is not a hard thing to understand.

The rich, white, masters of America don't care anything about economic or social inequality. They are not going to change the system to make it fairer or to divide the pie more equitably. And they despise the poor even more for just sitting and taking the abuse the rich dish out daily more and more to the vast majority of Americans.

So, you know, just keep voting for all those corporate-owned candidates and see how that works for you. Probably the same as it always has—just great for the rich.