From the Washington Post: "Pope Francis denounces ‘trickle-down’ economics"
Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded. We have created a “disposable” culture which is now spreading. It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something new. Exclusion ultimately has to do with what it means to be a part of the society in which we live; those excluded are no longer society’s underside or its fringes or its disenfranchised – they are no longer even a part of it. The excluded are not the “exploited” but the outcast, the “leftovers”.
A very powerful statement, and it may be the best description yet of the 99ers, those in the U.S. who have been laid off and out of work for going on 5 years now...usually older Americans over 50 years old. They were used and abused for 30 or 40 years, then tossed away like used toilet paper.
The Pope goes on to say:
I encourage financial experts and political leaders to ponder the words of one of the sages of antiquity: “Not to share one’s wealth with the poor is to steal from them and to take away their livelihood. It is not our own goods which we hold, but theirs.” (The "sage" being Saint John Chrysostom)
So, for the past 40 years, all those rich bastards have been buying multiple yachts and mansions with our hard-earned money!!
The Pope also says, "Money must serve, not rule!"
Now, Bill Maher, comparing JFK to Ronald Reagan:
Just last week, Sarah Palin said, "There is no Ronald Reagan on the scene today. If he was, that's who I would put my faith in." That's quite a hold on someone. After all, when Reagan was elected, Sarah Palin was barely 16, probably pregnant, but still in 3rd grade."