Doctors makin’ millions off prescription addictions1, But we got young black weed dealers up in the prisons2. Wall Street fatcats bankrupt our citizens
And we’re all trippin about welfare pittances?
Again and again with that classic misdirection:
“No! Don’t look up towards the true source of oppression!”
Perhaps best represented by that golden-spoon-holdin man, with a hairpiece and a fake tan, But it’s not him! Look instead to where he’s pointing his hand,
Of course poverty isn’t caused by “job-creating” corporations,
Their success is the foundation of our nation!
…Except when you remember they always find ways to evade taxation,
Slip funds into pockets of politicians or ship funds somewhere they can be hidden3,
Oh, and while we’re talkin about offshore shippin,
You know how you lost your job and blamed Jose and Quentin?
Well, those “job-creators” just found a better way to sustain their dollars Than by providing work for all the red, white, and blue collars,
Yeah, they sure are job creators,
Or you could also call them exploiters of third world labor4,
Folks like the Koch brothers are just modern day slavers
And they’re actually part of the reason Joe and Dave can’t get wages,
But you see, Joe and Dave are fixated on the place that the Great Toupee’s finger points, The face of a broke Mexican immigrant who’s workin til he’s creaky in the joints
Just so his family can have something to eat,
And his kids can have some shoes to protect their feet,
We tell them: “GET OUT! STOP TAKING OUR JOBS! WETBACKS!” And while we yell that, we become the Great American Setback, Descending to humanity’s lowest, most miserable state,
Falling from ignorance into outright, blind hate,
And as we carelessly cast blame for complex economic problems we don’t fully understand, The Donald Trumps laugh and laugh, with all the cards right in their hands,
Not a thought to the lives that they’ve undermined,
To them, racism is just a line that—across generations—seems to always rhyme…
And to those of you who’ve fallen victim to this scheme,
Who truly believe your lost job has anything to do with the Latino who moved in up the street, I got one thing to say: You’re a sad, manipulated Plato’s cave denizen,
So far in it that you wouldn’t even get the reference,
And as you follow the notes of your own executioner’s chorus, I’ll shout in dissent, knowing ignorance is porous.
- “Over a five-month period in 2013, doctors received some $380 million in speaking and consulting fees from drug companies and device makers. Some doctors pocketed over half a million dollars each, and others received millions of dollars in royalties from products they had a hand in developing” – from Saving Capitalism by Robert Reich
- “Of the 8.2 million marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010, 88% were for simply having marijuana. Nationwide, the arrest data revealed one consistent trend: significant racial bias. Despite roughly equal usage rates, Blacks are 3.73 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana.” – from ACLU.org (https://www.aclu.org/gallery/marijuana-arrests-numbers)
- “Federal officials estimate that the government loses between $40 billion and $70 billion a year in unpaid taxes on offshore holdings.” – from a NYT article written by Eric Lipton and Julie Creswell, titled: Panama Papers Show How Rich United States Clients Hid Millions Abroad
- According to a study conducted by Statistic Brain Research Institute, over 2 million American jobs were outsourced to other countries in 2015.