You know, you hear a lot of talk these days about “shared sacrifice” and “austerity.” Let me make one thing perfectly clear: That’s all bullshit.

It is bullshit. It is code for “Hands up, peasant motherfuckers.” It is code for “Your money and your life.” At best it is theft from people who are just making do, by people who don’t have to; at worst, it’s pure murder.

It is not a sacrifice for a millionaire or a billionaire to pay a few cents more on the dollar in taxes in exchange for cuts in programs everyone has paid for and many require to live in any kind of comfort.

It is not a sacrifice; it is an inconvenience. “Shared sacrifice” would require the wealthy to live as do the people who are injured by what’s stolen from them.

Of course if we reduced the wealthy to our own mean state, we could afford to do the things societies are meant to do for all of their participants.

These are things you need to remember. Nobody who wants you to sacrifice something is going to sacrifice anything. Your federal legislators won’t suffer a bit from cutting your Social Security and Medicare and whatever else they get in their sights. When your President calls for “shared sacrifice,” he doesn’t mean for him or anyone he particularly cares about.

President Obama will get a good pension. He’ll write some books. He’ll do well. He’s a millionaire now and he’ll have more millions by the time he’s 65, or 67, or whatever goddamn age he and his cohorts decide you have to work to before you can rest.

You don’t hear much from the President about shared sacrifice lately. Lately it’s all about him standing between us and the ravening horde. If he wins, though, he’ll be back to it because he believes in it.

Wages are flat or worse, depending on where you work. The jobs that have come back after the crash pay less than the ones that were vaporized. Nearly a third of unemployed people have been out of work for a year or more. The older you are when you lose your job, the longer you’re likely to remain unemployed, the more you’ll need that Social Security when you can finally get it.

And this is the world into which President Obama and politicians of most stripes wish to introduce a little more sacrifice.

Hands up, peasant motherfuckers. Hands up.

You really have no choice but me. If elected, I will be your gun.

    • Richard Nixon says:

      I don’t think of myself as a liberal. The positions I held 40 years ago are liberal now.

      Democrats who embrace policies that the Democratic party is no longer willing to support—universal health care, the primacy of labor over capital, the primacy of the middle and lower classes over the ruling classes, for instance—have to vote for candidates who represent those positions.

      This is to say that Democrats who disagree with what their party does have to be willing to lose elections on principle. The party establishment now pays absolutely no price for having taken up arms against important Democratic party constituencies.

      • Mary says:

        I agree. Point well taken… But let me go off topic.

        That picture of you with Charles “Bebe” Rebozo, a life-long pal, reminded me of the recent controversy surrounding the relationship. Is it an attempt to end your Political come back? Care to comment?

        • Richard Nixon says:

          Bebe was the best friend one could possibly imagine. He built himself a great life from nothing and he was happy to share it with me whenever he had the chance. He never had a sour word to say, he was possibly the most nonjudgmental man I ever met, at least with respect to me. You can’t imagine how valuable that was as things started going bad for me in Washington. I can understand how people would want to read more into it, but we were just blessed with a wonderful friendship. As for that book, well, everybody has bills to pay.

  1. Foole says:

    “I’ll be your gun.” That Quaker thing didn’t work out so well for you, did it? What changed it? WWII? Ambition?

    • Richard Nixon says:

      There’s a can of worms. Billy Graham said he threw up when he saw all the swearing and harsh sentiments on the tapes. In the simplest terms, I went into Whittier a fundamentalist and came out something different.

      Presidents kill people, have them killed; it’s an important part of the job description. I don’t mean that I would actually kill the bankers or eat the rich; just do to them what was done to me, or what I did to myself, however you want to see it. Bring them low. Sins are real, you know, whether or not one views them through the prism of religion, and ones committed by the powerful against the weak are worst.

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