Sports fans can debate the new deal between the Bears and runner Matt Forte. But to political science fans there’s no debate. His $31 million proves our Founding Fathers were right. They anticipated confrontations like management & labor…Democrat & Republican…church & state…rich & poor. The Founding Fathers called them “factions,” and created checks & balances to keep confrontations from turning into rebellions.
Right about now it’s safe to assume Matt doesn’t give a damn. I mean, he got his; let the other classes work it out for themselves. But when you hear about class warfare, hasn’t the rich class already won the war? They say: not necessarily. While the poor class can talk about the 99:1 %, the rich class has their own target: Entitlements.
A pretty explosive term, focusing on those factions of the population who are getting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, disability checks, and public pension checks. [The dreaded Welfare State]. No lack of infuriating headlines to make the case. Every day poor people falsely getting Social Security, cheating Medicare & Medicaid, not to mention those outrageous teacher/cop/firefighter pensioners raping the system with their ill-gotten, double-dipping payments!
The headlines should make anyone angry. Only the headlines are referring mostly to the 10% who cheat the system, not the 90% who earned their modest monthly checks via years of modest public service.
We’re witnessing another prickly chapter in our democracy’s history of class confrontations. Matt Forte is just fine, folks. Really. It’s the rest of us who need to sort this out to find whatever disinformation is coming from both sides. Until then, here’s a question for you: Is Matt Forte as “entitled” to his $31 million/year as the 85 year old widow in Florida is to her $3100/month….?
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