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Civil War - The Makers vs The Takers?

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Published on Jul 16, 2012

Fox News says that America is headed for a new civil war - a war between this nation's makers and takers. The only problem - Fox has it's sides mixed up. Fox so-called News is predicting a civil war in America. In an article published on Fox News.com - Arthur Herman warns that history is about to repeat itself and Americans will soon take up arms against each other. But this time it won't be North versus South. It will be the Makers versus the Takers. As Herman writes: "Call it America's coming civil war between the Makers and the Takers. On one side are those who create wealth, America's private sector - the very ones targeted by President Obama's tax hikes... On the other are the public employee unions; left-leaning intelligentsia who see the growth of government as index of progress; and the millions of Americans now dependent on government through a growing network of government transfer payments, from Medicaid and Social Security to college loans and corporate bailouts and handouts..." In other words - a war between the rich people like Mitt Romney, the Koch Brothers, and Sheldon Adelson - who Fox says are the so-called Makers - pitted against so-called Takers - or the rest of us Americans who aren't rich - the vast majority of us who go to work every day and will someday live off the Social Security we've paid into all our working lives.




It's pretty obvious why Fox is doing this. Fox is owned by billionaire Rupert Murdoch, and run by multimillionaire and former Nixon and Reagan strategist Roger Ailes - it's pretty much the official mouthpiece for the billionaires' and their Republican Party. So, of course, Fox would want their working class viewers to believe that fabulously rich people like Ailes and Murdoch, and their buddies who sit in corporate boardrooms, as the noble "Makers" And they also have a vested interest in branding Americans who are retired or down on their luck as "Takers" - to justify breaking up public unions, dismantling social safety net programs, and convincing Americans to ignore ACTUAL economists who are saying that taxes need to be raised on the wealthy and government spending needs to increase - like Dwight Eisenhower, Jack Kennedy, and Richard Nixon all did - to put the unemployed back to work. After all - if the banksters and health insurance executives succeed in privatizing Medicare and Social Security - then that means a boat-load of new profits as they can skim billions off the top. So we know why Fox is doing this \\




But what's really important here is this - Fox is partially right...only they have their two labels reversed. The makers are people who MAKE things - the workers - and not people like Mitt Romney who haven't ACTUALLY made anything in their lifetimes. The makers are ALSO people who help the workers make things - people like teachers, cops, and firemen - unionized public sector workers who ensure that our communities are safe, clean, and educated - and that our markets have rules. On the other hand - the Takers are people who TAKE things, like the billionaires who live high on the hog while their workers are making things. The prime example of a Taker is a capitalist. The dictionary definition of a capitalist is somebody who makes money with capital - they invest money and live off their investments. While most working Americans think that they're capitalists because they live in a nation that has some capitalists, in reality there are very, very few true capitalists in America - people who live off investments.




Someone like Mitt Romney who takes money - usually by squeezing out the fruits of other people's labor, as he did at Bain Capital - invests it - and waits around for other people to do all the work making things to ensure that investment is profitable - all the while Romney sits on his butt by the swimming pool collecting his dividend checks. Look at this chart - it shows that working Americans have increased their productivity over the last several decades - they're MAKING more and more things. But notice how, around the time of Reagan - workers' pay started flat-lining. Why is that? Because all the extra income that the MAKERS - the laborers - SHOULD have earned because of their extra hours and rising productivity - was TAKEN by corporate executives and pirate equity hustlers like Romney. Fox News calls those executives Makers - but as this chart clearly shows - they're ACTUALLY TAKERS.

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