Inasmuch as we all hate addressing the elephant in the room, income disparity has as much to do about race as the income divide itself. I tried to get #OstrichSyndrome trending as a topic to broach the subject, only to be shot down with, “Ostriches don’t really stick their head in the sand, it’s a myth!”
Therein lies the problem. When you accost the “better-half” of society about helping those less fortunate, they view it as an attack on their wealth — a hand out, instead of a “hand up.” Michael Moore approached the CEO of Nike Sneakers and suggested that he invest just one of his six-billion into building a factory in Flint, MI, to which the CEO responded, “Nobody wants to work, let alone make sneakers.”
Suddenly, a crowd of 15,000 poor people said, ‘if you can pay a livable wage’ I’ll make your shoes...’ The Nike Spokesperson had no further comment.*
Yet, during the last 40+ years, we have all but abandoned our Manufacturing Base. We no longer make the very basic household appliances in our homes, let alone the warehouses that once supported them. This has nothing to do with rising wages and corporations rush to state that they can’t afford to pay a $15/hour minimum wage, but everything to do with Greed!
The U.S. Government has consistently cut, and cut, and cut, the Corporate Tax Rate — once as high as 70% when Corporations felt it was their patriotic duty to support America because it was, after all, the “American Way.” Somehow along the way, CEOs have lost their objectivity. You want Americans to buy your goods and services, while we struggle to live paycheck-to-paycheck?
Yet, just about every Fortune 100, 500 and 1000 company publicly traded on the stock market today, does Not have a U.S. based factory that employs American workers at a salary that can afford the American Dream!
Today, the American Dream is all but a Pipe Dream to a Nightmare.
The millions upon millions in salaries companies have stockpiled since the Millennium is enough to employ 10,000 employees in every major metropolis across the U.S., and, eventually employ up to five-million Americans —But, the $40 Million it would take to pay for it all goes to just one man, the Corporate CEO; and his shareholders!
*Embellishment for Clarity.