Bigotry (according to Webster) is the state of mind of a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices.
I’ve been thinking about the bigotry of the one percent.
They are intolerant of the 47 percent of Americans they call “entitled”—people either too old or too poor to pay federal income tax, people “dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, you name it.”
And yet the people rich enough to attend $50,000 fund-raisers, are blind to their own entitlements: the 15 percent tax they pay on earnings from capital investments instead of the 35 percent salaried workers pay on regular income; the “carried interest” and “fee-waiver conversions”–deferring tax payments for years.
How about big companies, dependent on the government’s care and feeding, legally stashing money overseas, or energy companies and their oil-depletion allowances? We are told not to punish the “job creators”, but, as a proportion of federal receipts, corporate taxes have dropped from 32 percent in 1952 to less than 9 percent today, while payroll taxes (which many who reportedly “believe they are victims” do pay) have risen from 10 percent of federal revenue in 1952 to 40 percent today.
Entitled – a legal right to receive something.
Who are the truly entitled?
(See Andrew Ross’s column in The San Francisco Chronicle for the figures above)