Being reminded by Bill Maher the other night that the top one percent (1%) of Americans control more of this country’s wealth than the bottom ninety-five percent (95%) COMBINED, and enduring another recent round of “what’s good for the rich…bla bla bla…” rants from a clueless and deluded trickle-down economics “friend,” I’m thinking that there’s some cosmic-trippin’ Divine Intervention happening when I get “A reading from the Letter of Saint James 5:1-6” dropped on me out of nowhere that goes like this:
Come now, you rich, weep and wail over your impending miseries. Your wealth has rotted away, your clothes have become moth-eaten, your gold and silver have corroded, and that corrosion will be a testimony against you; it will devour your flesh like a fire.
You have stored up treasure for the last days. Behold, the wages you withheld from the workers who harvested your fields are crying aloud; and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on earth in luxury and pleasure; you have fattened your hearts for the day of slaughter. You have condemned; you have murdered the righteous one who offers you no resistance.
Ouch. Just a wee bit biblical for my personal tastes, but that sounds like a major “you greedy bastards” smackdown, ya think? I do love the “devour your flesh like a fire” line. It top’s the Talking Heads “Burning Down the House” by at least a cubit or two…