Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Worthy and Unworthy Rich

By Brian T. Lynch, MSW
How should sensible people respond to divisive attacks on the poor and vulnerable? Should we begin making similar distinctions between the worthy and unworthy rich? Should we affirm those who earned their great wealth and provide social benefit but rescind all advantages given to those who use their inherited wealth to squeeze the people and their government for still more?
It should be obvious that social polarity isn't original between Democrat versus Republican, or liberal versus conservative, but between rich and poor, the have and the have nots, It is between the ruling establishment elite and the redundant masses.

GOP Senate Candidate: Republicans Must Turn Poor against Each Other (Video)

Watch N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis explain: .“What we have to do is find a way to divide and conquer the people who are on assistance,”

Tillis said. “We have to show respect for that woman who has cerebral palsy and had no choice, in her condition, that needs help and that we should help. And we need to get those folks to look down at these people who choose to get into a condition that makes them dependent on the government and say at some point, ‘You’re on your own. We may end up taking care of those babies, but we’re not going to take care of you.’ And we’ve got to start having that serious discussion.”


When a person chooses a life of poverty they are most often saintly, not desperate. Our boom and bust capitalism produces variable prosperity for most of us but rarely lifts the chronic poor out of poverty. These are folks who are not just without money but without opportunities, people who are stigmatized for being poor or marginalized due to race or status. When politicians in any party denigrates the poor, they reveal themselves to be tools of the ruling elite. 

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