Tag: Americans for Prosperity
While the rich get richer and poor get poorer, the widening income gap may also be boosting wealth advisory businesses. The age-based wealth gap skyrocketed 47:1 in 2009 compared to 10:1 in 1984, Pew Research Center announced on Monday. Households led by an adult ages 65 or older had median net worth of $170,494 in 2009, compared to $120,457 in 1984, adjusted to 2010 dollars, for a gain of 42 percent. Households headed by an adult under the age of 35 had median net worth of $3,662 in 2009, compared with $11,521 in 1984: a decline of 68 percent.
The point here is to wedge the generations, to make young people angry and resentful at those supposedly horrible, "greedy geezers." Instead of supporting a country which cares about both the young and the old, AFP uses the circular firing squad approach to getting everyone to want to destroy each other. It's sick.
There are numerous reasons for our economic woes (and you know what they are), but that concoction is, well, bull. There is growing inequality, all right, but seniors are not the reason for it. Indeed older Americans have been devastated by the economy and are the least likely to ever find work again.
So what explains this supposed "wealth"? (Please follow below the fold.)
The opposite side of the card is blank. No mailing in; direct solicitation and collection. Since they say themselves that they "can advocate for and against specific legislation at the state and federal levels", you have to wonder how they intend to use their status to promote political candidates; that was the inference. Sounds like push polling to me. Here is a grey area that is clearly being used to benefit Republicans in Virginia.
The program does not seem to be referenced anywhere on the AFP website. Maybe they know it is iffy. But the beauty is that when you let loose of phone bankers at home, what they say is hard to hang on the organization. And by the time it is, the elections will be past.
Koch Industries is one of the biggest funders of corporate front groups -- particularly anti-consumer, anti-science, pro-polluter astroturfing -- in American history. It's also a proud funder of the Tea Parties. And it's funny how Republicans keep attacking the economic recovery package while simultaneously trying to take credit for its effects, isn't it?