The movie crosscuts between the desperate newcomers and longtime Italian inhabitants, who lead simple lives.
Who says that Republican Congresscritters don’t care about minorities in our society? Why, at this very moment, they are pushing hard to pass a $372 billion federal program to lift the economic fortunes of just one minority group—a far more generous proposal than Obama has even dared to contemplate.
The focus of the GOP’s generosity is a true American minority: the richest one-tenth of one percent of our people. Living in penthouse ghettos like Manhattan’s Upper East Side, this tiny minority of about 120,000 people (who have an average annual income of $8 million) would get some $3 million each over the next decade from the Republican proposal. Doesn’t that just make your heart bleed with empathy?
This windfall will go to the most un-needy among us if the GOP gets Congress to renew the Bush tax cuts for the superrich. Yes, the same Republican lawmakers who have opposed even modest funding to keep schoolteachers and firefighters on the job are wailing that we should take hundreds of billions of dollars from our public treasury and hand them to some of the richest people on the planet.
What’s at work here is the narcissistic psychosis of the privileged—the delusional belief that they are entitled to special treatment because they’re. . . well, they’re rich, and therefore consider themselves to be both superior and especially deserving.
Of all the crying needs in our country today, these Republicans are wringing their hands over the discrimination against the wealthy minority. Sometimes, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry or go bowling!
This is one of those times.
This is but an excerpt from Hightower’s article in the November issue of The Progressive. To read the entire article and to subscribe to The Progressive for only $14.97 for a year, simply subscribe now by clicking here.