The Word - New Country for Old Men

  • Aired:  03/01/11
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The newly formed America Plus will still maintain normal diplomatic relations with poor America. (4:38)

EVERYBODY KEEPS SAYINGTHE MIDDLE-CLASS IS AN

ENDANGERED SPECIES AND YET NOTONE OF THEM HAS SIGNED UP FOR MY

CAPTIVE BREEDING PROGRAM.

ACCORDING TO A RECENT STUDYPUBLISHED IN "MOTHER JONES"

MAGAZINE-- I JUST BUY IT FOR THEPICTURES OF 2 MOTHERS-- THERE'S

A STARTLING DISPARITY IN THEDISTRIBUTION OF AMERICA'S

WEALTH.

IT'S EASIEST TO ILLUSTRATE WITHA PIE CHART.

OR, BETTER YET, A PIE-EATINGCONTEST.

YOU SEE, THE TOP 1% WEALTHIESTAMERICANS GOBBLE UP MORE THAN A

THIRD OF AMERICA'S NET WORTH.

AND THE TOP 10% CHOW DOWN ONALMOST THREE QUARTERS OF THE

MONEY, LEAVING THE BOTTOM 90%WITH WHATEVER'S LEFT.

(AUDIENCE REACTS)THAT'S WHY IT'S CALLED "TRICKLE

DOWN."

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)STILL THIS IS A DISTURBING TREND

THAT BRINGS US TO TONIGHT'SWORD.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)NEW COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN.

FOLKS, AS I SEE IT, THERE ARETHREE WAYS TO ADDRESS THIS

PROBLEM.

FIRST, WE COULD DO NOTHING.

ALWAYS MY TOP CHOICE.

WE JUST LET THE INCOME DISPARITYKEEP GROWING.

BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?

I THINK IT'S BAD FOR DEMOCRACYTHAT THE VAST MAJORITY WHO HAVE

LITTLE HAVE TO LIVE IN A COUNTRYWHERE THE AVERAGE C.E.O. MAKES

185 TIMES MORE THAN THE AVERAGEWORKER.

NOW, FOLKS, I SAY THAT LEADS TOWORKER DISCONTENT AND THOSE ARE

THE SEEDS OF REVOLUTION.

(LAUGHTER)NOW, WE COULD TRY REDISTRIBUTION

OF WEALTH: RAISE TAXES ON THERICH, LIMIT EXECUTIVE PAY.

BUT, FOLKS, THAT IS CLASSWARFARE.

AND YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TRIED THATBEFORE AND AS WARREN BUFFETT

WOULD SAY "MY CLASS WON."

(LAUGHTER)I THINK THAT THERE IS A SIMPLER

SOLUTION.

REMEMBER JOHN EDWARDS CAMPAIGNCATCH PHRASE FROM 2008?

>> THERE ARE TWO AMERICAS.

ONE AMERICA THAT DOES THE WORKAND ANOTHER THAT REAP IT IS

REWARDS.

>> I REALIZE NOW THAT JOHNEDWARDS WAS RIGHT.

YOU SEE, A RECENT ARTICLE IN THE"ATLANTIC" MAGAZINE POINTS OUT

THAT THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANSARE NOW PART OF A NEW

INTERNATIONAL ELITE, ATRANSGLOBAL COMMUNITY OF PEERS

WHO HAVE MORE IN COMMON WITHEACH OTHER THAN WITH THEIR

COUNTRYMEN BACK HOME.

YOU SIGH, A REALLY RICH AMERICANAND A REALLY RICH SAUDI THAN A

REALLY RICH AMERICAN AND THE 99%OF OTHER AMERICANS-- UNLESS THE

CONVERSATION IS "STEP BACK FROMMY ELECTRIFIED FENCE."

(LAUGHTER)NOW, TIME WAS FOLKS...

(AUDIENCE REACTS)TIME WAS WE WEALTHY AMERICANS

NEEDED THE REST OF YOU TO WORKIN OUR FACTORIES AND BUY THE

PRODUCTS MADE BY OTHERAMERICANS.

ASK YOUR GRANDPA ABOUT IT.

BUT NOW...

(LAUGHTER)THE WEALTHY OWNERS OWN FACTORIES

ALL OVER THE WORLD AND CAN HIRENON-AMERICANS TO WORK FOR

PENNIES.

AND, FOLKS, LET'S FACE IT WE'VESEEN THIS COMING A LONG TIME.

JUST LOOK AT AVERAGE INCOMESOVER THE LAST 30 YEARS.

THE RED LINE REPRESENTS THE TOP1% OF AMERICANS AND THE FLACCID

RAINBOW AT THE BOTTOM IS ALL YOUPEOPLE.

(LAUGHTER)WHAT CAN I SAY?

SOMETIMES INCOME BRACKETS JUSTDRIFT APART.

(LAUGHTER)OVER THE YEARS WE'VE JUST

DEVELOPED DIFFERENT INTERESTS.

WE'RE INTO FINE RAINS AND RACINGBUGATTIS AND YOU'RE INTO

DIFFERENT THINGS LIKE SHELTERAND WARMTH.

(LAUGHTER)SO IF... IF THERE REALLY IS A

RICH AMERICA AND A POOR AMERICAI SAY WHY NOT MAKE IT OFFICIAL?

LET THE RICH START THEIR OWNCOUNTRY.

CALL IT AMERICA PLUS!

I MEAN, WE ALREADY LIVE IN GATEDCOMMUNITIES.

I SAY WE JUST CONNECT THEM ALLWITH REALLY LONG DRIVEWAYS.

TO VISIT YOU JUST NEED A GREENCARD.

(AUDIENCE REACTS)NOW, DON'T WORRY, WE WILL STILL

MAINTAIN NORMAL DIPLOMATICRELATIONS WITH POOR AMERICA.

(LAUGHTER)LUCKILY, MOST OF THE GOVERNMENT

INSTITUTIONS WE RICH WILL NEEDARE ALREADY IN PLACE.

AFTER ALL, NEARLY HALF OFCONGRESS IS MILLIONAIRES.

SO THEY'RE GOING WITH US.

BEST OF ALL, WHEN WE'VE GOTAMERICA PLUS IN PLACE, THE

ECONOMY OF YOUR COUNTRY WILLFINALLY GET MOVING.

BECAUSE TO US YOU'LL NOW BECHEAP FOREIGN LABOR AND WE MIGHT

JUST START HIRING YOU AGAIN.

AND THAT'S THE WORD WE'LL BERIGHT BACK.

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