I’m sorry, but I find it absolutely hilarious how angry many conservatives have gotten with Pope Francis for pointing out what most people with common sense already knew — trickle-down economics is a scam.
Pope Francis basically just said that giving more to the rich hasn’t produced a trickle-down effect; instead, the “cup” just keeps growing larger and will never overflow. But many conservatives have taken this as an all-out assault on capitalism by the Pope.
Now it’s Sean Hannity, who claimed, “The Pope sounds like he is against capitalism.”
Let me make something very clear — the Pope in no way said he was against capitalism. He simply said he was against unfettered capitalism which, in theory, says it will benefit the poor — yet does exactly the opposite. Which is what he meant by ‘the cup never overflows’ (the trickle-down promise), but instead the cup just continues to expand so that nothing overflows. That is exactly what’s happened. It’s indisputable that the income gap between the top two-percent and the bottom 98 percent has grown exponentially over the last 30+ years.
And let me remind everyone once again that trickle-down economics doesn’t define capitalism. In fact, it’s just one of many different theories within the economic model known as capitalism. The United States was a nation built on capitalism well before Ronald Reagan and the dawn of trickle-down economics.
You know, when we had much higher taxes and stronger unions. We weren’t some socialist or communist nation then, and returning to those economic policies won’t suddenly make us one either. Though these right-wing sheep who thrive on conservative propaganda always imply that any hint at a return to the policies we had when this nation was much stronger economically (and the middle class was much better off) is somehow tantamount to embracing socialism/communism. I guess they believe every president before Reagan was a socialist/communist.
It’s been amazing how much backlash Pope Francis has received from American conservatives because he dared to point out a fact about the extremely flawed economic theory of trickle-down economics.
Pope Francis dared to act like a Christian by calling out the greed behind unfettered capitalism, and conservatives continue to completely lose their minds over it.
A move that I still maintain will not go well for them. Sure, some of the more hardcore conservative Catholics will still side with them, but attacking quite possibly the most popular Pope in modern history for daring to act like he’s following the teachings of Jesus Christ will not end positively for them.
But hey, I say let them keep making fools of themselves. If they want to risk alienating tens of millions of Catholic voters, go right ahead.
As for Pope Francis, good for him. The changes he’s trying to make within the Catholic Church are long overdue. I can’t recall a time in my lifetime that I’ve seen so many people speak so highly of a Pope.