Have you ever noticed that the people who seem to be pushing income inequality and redistribution of wealth either have a large income or are wealthy?
When Barack Obama first ran for the White House in 2008, he often spoke about income inequality and redistribution of wealth. In the six and a half years he’s occupied the White House, the number of Americans falling to and below the poverty line has drastically increased. Ironically, Obama’s personal wealth has increased at about the same rate personal wealth of millions of Americans has decreased.
In September 2011, the Occupy Wall Street movement started in New York City’s Zuccotti Park. At the beginning, the movement called for the wealthiest 1% of Americans to share their wealth with lower and middle income America. Most of the people in the movement were unemployed or college students who wanted a free ride in life from those who worked and built their fortunes.
As the Occupy fad swept into many of America’s larger cities, a number of celebrities jumped on the Occupy movement and called for the wealthiest 1% to share their wealth. Among those was film maker Michael Moore, known for his very liberal documentaries. Again liberal hypocrisy surfaced when it was revealed that Moore had made over $50 million.
Obama has also attacked income inequality, criticizing corporate leaders for earning high salaries while their employees are barely able to survive. Ironically Obama earns $400,000 a year plus a $50,000 a year non-taxable expense account. Don’t forget that he gets free room and board and vacations 4 to 8 times a year on our tax dollars.
Now a number of celebrities, politicians and union leaders have formed a new radical organization known as The Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality. If you saw who was behind the new organization, you would see nothing but liberal hypocrisy as Larry Sand reports:
“Launched last month, The Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Equality claims that “income inequality is the crisis of our time, and we need bold, progressive solutions to address it.” The new coalition boasts a gaggle of actors (including Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover), politicos (NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, CA Congresswoman Barbara Lee, professional agitators (Van Jones, Al Sharpton) and national union leaders. Included in the latter camp are teacher union presidents Randi Weingarten and Lily Eskelsen García, AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka and Leo Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers.”
“I can’t remember when such a large contingency of limousine lefties have jumped on a bandwagon that so dramatically reveals their raving hypocrisy. For example, Susan Sarandon, who has pulled in as much as $5 million for acting in a film, is worth about $50 million according to Forbes. I wonder how much she shared with the grippes, the gaffers and the gofers who work on her films and earn pennies on the dollar compared to her.
But Sarandon has nothing on union bosses. As NRO’s Jim Geraghty points out:
- American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees’ international president, Gerald McEntee, had a gross salary of $1,020,751 in 2012.
- James Callahan, president of the International Union of Operating Engineers, reported a gross salary of $352,101 in 2012.
- Edwin Hill, international president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, made $326,253 in gross salary in 2012.
“Richard Trumka is no better. In 2013, he made over $298,000 and Arlene Holt-Baker earned $368,000 as his executive vice-president. But as this graphic shows, many AFL-CIO members earn under $50,000 a year. In fact, Geraghty writes, the average union member makes $49,400 yearly, a far cry from what the union elites rake in.”
“And now for the teachers unions….
“The ongoing ‘social justice’ meme of the teacher union leaders is that corporate bosses are greedy swine who make too much money compared to their workers. That’s what the honchos say about others, but what do they do?”
“According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average teacher pay in the U.S. is $56,383 per year. However, in his last year as NEA president, Dennis Van Roekel hauled in $541,632 – almost 10 times what a teacher makes. American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten made $543,679 as reported in her union’s most recent tax filing. (It’s interesting how their salaries rise even as their unions lose thousands of members.) But corporate CEOs – allegedly the fat cats – make $178,400 yearly, just five times that of the average worker. And while there are some CEOs whose income is at a greater multiple than 5:1, that typically occurs only at the very biggest firms.”
So who exactly are these hypocrites targeting? Obviously they aren’t speaking of their income equality. The only possible targets of their hypocrisy have to be conservative corporate leaders who are most likely Republican in their political affiliation.
One can’t help but wonder if this isn’t another Democratically organized effort to target conservative Republicans a year before the next presidential election just like Obama did with the IRS prior to the 2012 election. A corrupt and ruthless administration and Democratic leaders will stop at nothing to win the next election. They are opening the doors to allow millions of illegals to cast illegal votes; they are actively trying to block any and all voter ID laws and now they are targeting wealthier conservative Republicans who could collectively donate millions of dollars to the 2016 GOP candidates.