To the Editor:
Marc Blanc, you and the protestors have been duped. The President and the Democratic Party had led increasingly successful efforts to pit Americans against each other through politics and hate and envy. Attacking CEO salaries, the President said, “ I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.”
According to Forbes, the top 10 celebrities earned an average salary of a little more than $100 million in 2010, while the top 10 CEOs have an average salary of $43 million. Why is it that rich CEOs are demonized and not celebrities? It turns out the demonizing is led by politicians and leftists, with the help of the news media. Like sheep, the public goes along. If the CEOs worked for nothing, would it have no effect on your life?
For politicians, it’s another story. Demonize people whose power you want to usurp. That’s the typical way totalitarians gain power. They give the masses something to hate. In the 20th century, the communists gained power by promoting public hatred of the czars and capitalists. In Germany, Hitler gained power by promoting hatred of Jews and Bolsheviks.
I’m not equating America’s liberals with Stalin or Hitler. I am saying promoting jealousy, fear and hate is an effective strategy for politicians and their liberal followers to control and micromanage business. It’s not about the amount of money people earn. If it were, they would go after millionaire Hollywood and celebrities and sports stars.
The Occupy Wall Street crowd shouldn’t focus its anger at wealthy CEOs. A far more appropriate target would be the President and Congress.