In the late 40's and 50's a corporate executive earned about 5-10 times what a carpenter earned. By the 1970's that factor had increased to 50 times as much. Guess what it was last year? Yes sport's fans a whoppin' 550 times what an ordinary American worker earned. They demand tax breaks for everything from their private jets to their $15,000 umbrella stands. They write off three martini lunches and tours to the south of France on their annual taxes. They load up their boards of directors with a bunch of YES men/women and fix an umbrella to ensure that they get rich if their company is sold or fails. In the 1950's while we were paying for the second world war the marginal tax rate for anyone who made more than $300,000 a year was 91%. In other words anything they earned over $300,000 only cleared $9,000 per $100,000. In the old days all of us served in the military. Richard Nixon stopped the draft and took us off the gold standard. When that happened a $20 bill would buy a $20 gold piece. Now it takes about 85 $20 bills to buy a $20 gold piece This country has fallen into the hands of a bunch of wealthy assholes who think they owe nothing. Their offspring attend an ivy league school while the offspring of the less fortunate go to some desert shithole and fight an die for their made up wars. I've lived long enough. The absolute bullshit going on in this country now has gotten out of hand and I am no longer even a little bit proud of it. I was born in 1934 and now it looks like I'm going out in the same kind of Republican mess which was there at that time.