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Excerpt: "Rocker Bruce Springsteen touched on a nerve of widespread discontent with the financiers and bankers at a Berlin concert on Wednesday, railing against them as 'greedy thieves' and 'robber barons.'"

Bruce Springsteen performs with the E. Street Band during their European tour to promote their latest album 'Wrecking Ball,' 05/25/12. (photo: Reuters/Alex Domanski)
Bruce Springsteen performs with the E. Street Band during their European tour to promote their latest album 'Wrecking Ball,' 05/25/12. (photo: Reuters/Alex Domanski)



Bruce Springsteen:"The Banker Man Grows Fat, Working Man Grows Thin"

By Erik Kirschbaum, Reuters

31 May 12

 

ocker Bruce Springsteen touched on a nerve of widespread discontent with the financiers and bankers at a Berlin concert on Wednesday, railing against them as "greedy thieves" and "robber barons."

Springsteen, a singer-songwriter dubbed "The Boss" who has long championed populist causes, played to a sold-out crowd at Berlin's Olympic Stadium, singing from his album "Wrecking Ball" and speaking about tough economic times that have put people out of work worldwide and led to debt crises in Greece and other countries.

"In America, a lot of people have lost their jobs," said Springsteen, 62, who performed for three hours to some 58,000 fans in the packed stadium that hosted the 1936 Olympics and the 2006 World Cup final.

"But also in Europe and in Berlin, times are tough," he added, speaking in fluent German. "This song is for all those who are struggling." He then introduced "Jack of All Trades", a withering attack on bankers that includes the lyrics: "The banker man grows fat, working man grows thin."

Europe has been especially hard hit since 2008's financial meltdown that sparked an enduring sovereign debt crisis. Unemployment on the continent has risen to levels not seen since the 1990s.

Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball" tour began on May 13 in Spain, which is struggling with its crushing debt load, and it runs for 2-1/2 months with 33 stops in 15 countries before concluding on July 31 in Helsinki.

'Fat and Easy ON Banker's Hill'

Berlin, largely a working class city, has been a special place for Springsteen since his July 1988 concert behind the old Iron Curtain in East Berlin.

Watched by 160,000 people, or about 1 percent of then Communist East Germany's population, it was the biggest rock show in East German history, and The Boss boldly spoke out against the "barriers" keeping East Germans in their portion of the city.

Some historians have said the concert fed into a movement gaining moment at the time that contributed to the tearing down of the Berlin Wall 16 months later in November 1989.

"Once in a while you play a place, a show that ends up staying inside of you, living with you for the rest of your life," he told the crowd on Wednesday after being handed a poster from a fan thanking him for the 1988 concert. "East Berlin in 1988 was certainly one of them."

Even though Germany has managed to come through the current financial crisis in fairly good shape, Berlin itself is struggling with a double-digit unemployment rate, low wages and a high poverty. And some of the lyrics in Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball" album clearly struck a chord with the crowd.

In "Shackled and Drawn", Springsteen sings about "Gambling man rolls the dice, working man pays the bill. It's still fat and easy up on banker's hill. Up on banker's hill the party's going strong, down here below we're shackled and drawn."

With "Easy Money", Springsteen rips into the "fat cats" who will "just think it's funny ... when you're whole world comes tumbling down." In "Death to My hometown", Springsteen assails the "greedy thieves and robber barons" who "destroyed our families, factories and they took our homes." In the song "Wrecking Ball", he sings: "Hold tight to your anger."

"The financial world has caused us all a lot of our problems and Springsteen has always been a critical spirit - that's what I like about him," said Kathleen Wapp, a 42-year-old doctor's assistant from Wolfsburg who was at the show. "I like the way he's not afraid to put a critical light on the key issues."

"I think it's great the way he's taking on the banking industry - he's got it dead right," said Matthias Beck, 46, a carpenter from Leipzig. "There's hardly anything good about banks. They take advantage of the little people, and it's always hard to find someone who'll take responsibility when it all goes wrong."

 

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+136 # Lisa Moskow 2012-05-31 10:45
Thanks to the musicians who lobby for the working person. We need you and love you!
 
 
+70 # luvdoc 2012-05-31 11:08
Greed is the original sin. May the greedy robber barons be never content, may they suffer the agonies of cancer of the spirit and cardioslerosids , (hardening of the heart), and may they suffer in equal measure with those they have harmed. luvdoc
 
 
-52 # ardvaark 2012-05-31 15:55
Who made you God?
 
 
+8 # rockieball 2012-06-02 10:51
Typical Republicon reply. When a rational argument is given to their ilrational ramblings the standard respond is to incite violence and inflict pain and not to hear the truth.
 
 
-147 # Martintfre 2012-05-31 11:29
Bruce Springsteen grows fat on tax payers backs.

//all the well-intended government handouts to farmers. They mostly just benefit wealthy farmers and people like Bon Jovi, who pays only $100 in state property taxes on many acres of land. Because he raises honey bees, he qualifies for a honey bee subsidy. Bruce Springsteen also owns acres of property in New Jersey, but pays little tax on it because an organic farmer works the land. //

http://www.huntingtonnews.net/2795
 
 
+90 # Granny Weatherwax 2012-05-31 12:31
When you can't deny the message you shoot the messenger, martin?
 
 
+54 # Insider 2012-05-31 14:01
tax subsidies for organic farming is a good thing...Do also rail on the tax breaks Wall street receives?
 
 
+16 # RLF 2012-06-01 05:45
Or the fact that Wall St. pays no state taxes while small business does.
 
 
-21 # Martintfre 2012-06-01 09:17
LOL -116 and falling fast.

See, I have a problem with the cult of personality. The cult where people get judged by their popularity not their actions - that kind of thinking drives mobs to murder honest people and king murders.

In so may words I see the disgusting immorality of
Our rich people are doing good - they deserve any break -- but your rich people are evil and they should be destroyed.

What really needs to be understood is seporating is those who earn their wealth - like Gates, Dell, Zuckerburg -- they deserve it - they need to be separate from those who got their wealth and power via special government privilege - see the list of companies and CEO's who were bailed out and the Unions who get special protection.


and yea - when Springsteen pays less then $24 / acre on 200 acres in New Jersey he is getting fat at others expense - he should man up and pay the same rate his neighbors who are not farming organically pay.
 
 
+3 # neohip 2012-06-03 10:17
Or those who bought a Congress and rammed through legislation that made once considered criminal behavior, legal and rigged the game in their favor. Hey give me the law making body for a month and see what laws I could pass to benefit me. Rather why don't we take our Congress back and pass laws to benefit the people and promote the general welfare, not the corporate welfare.
 
 
+4 # neohip 2012-06-03 10:10
and Monsanto's subsidy for destroying honeybees and introducing GMO to the planet? Hmmm, Springsteen/Bon Jovi vs. Monsanto/ADM??? No brainer. And good music as well. Go Boss!
 
 
-119 # Martintfre 2012-05-31 11:34
Hypocrisy is best when served live.

//Springsteen pays more than $138,000 a year in taxes on his three-acre Colts Neck home, but just $4,639 on the adjoining 200 acres, which is organically farmed and has horses, according to the report.//

http://www.redbankgreen.com/2011/02/fox-springteen-bon-jovi-are-farmers.html
 
 
+116 # Reductio Ad Absurdum 2012-05-31 12:06
Martinfre, you're not helping one bit — YOU'RE SHOWBOATING.

You assail those who champion for the greater good, because they are not ascetic monks and they make honest money for themselves and pay their share of taxes as prescribed by law. Evidently from your "report," Springsteen doesn't have his money in off-shore tax havens like Romney, and he certainly doesn't get tax subsidies like the most profitable companies in history — the multinational energy companies.

So give it a break; if you want to tear somebody down, there are many, many public figures WAY more deserving of your cynicism and accusations of hypocrisy than Springsteen and Bon Jovi.
 
 
+44 # JSRaleigh 2012-05-31 14:32
Quoting Reductio Ad Absurdum:
Martinfre, you're not helping one bit — YOU'RE SHOWBOATING.


He's not showboating, he's trolling.
 
 
+58 # noitall 2012-05-31 13:11
Martinfre, and yet he, as an artist, makes a contribution to the common man and his world. He has an organic farm that doesn't burn fossils; another raises bees and doesn't remove mountain tops. What is your point, Martin? They're not sainted virgins but unlike most Americans of means, THEY'RE DOING SOMETHING! They are "high profile" and risk it all by using their visibility to speak up. The 6 media barons can inflict bans on their music being played on their stations, they can threaten venues where these folks otherwise would play to not schedule "activist" artists. I'm glad to see you coming out as whatever right wing nitch you fit in. Congratulations .
 
 
-21 # Martintfre 2012-06-01 09:05
//he, as an artist, makes a contribution to the common man and his world.//

And he earns a good honest living at it - over the years I have purchased some of his vinyl (any one remember those?) but that does not grant him special privilege to live better then his neighbors via special government perks.
 
 
+2 # iggypops 2012-06-02 20:13
i'm willing to bet you any of his neighbors have the same opportunity to benefit from the same "perks" he does.
 
 
+2 # neohip 2012-06-03 10:20
are his neighbors complaining? Buying a vinyl and listening to it are two different things. Obviously you missed his message.
 
 
+59 # wolflady52 2012-05-31 13:16
[quote name="Martintfr e"]Hypocrisy is best when served live.

//Springsteen pays more than $138,000 a year in taxes on his three-acre Colts Neck home, but just $4,639 on the adjoining 200 acres, which is organically farmed and has horses, according to the report.//

Subsidizing projects that help, not poison, the Earth should be encouraged until they take hold everywhere. Subsidizing the GMO corn and oil industry is criminal. There's a venue you'd be better off shaking your stick at.
 
 
-9 # Martintfre 2012-06-01 08:58
//Subsidizing the GMO corn and oil industry is criminal. There's a venue you'd be better off shaking your stick at.//

I do - I don't think any industry deserved to be subsidized.

Subsidy is fascism in action where low politicians in high places are buying and selling influence at other tax payers expense.
 
 
+35 # Brooklyn Girl 2012-05-31 13:32
Property taxes are NOT income taxes. Get back to us when you can quote that dollar amount.
 
 
+45 # erogers 2012-05-31 16:20
Hey Martin. Springstein is doing what every individual in America with farming of any kind does. HE IS PAYING THE AG RATE ON THAT ACREAGE!!!!! He is not dodging taxes in any way. He could have subdivided that land into tract lots for homes. Instead he grows food. What the hell is the crime in doing so??? By your standard every corporate farm, every family farm is dodging taxes by growing food? Time for a reality check buddy or is this just an attack by you on someone with a different view point then yours.
 
 
-14 # Martintfre 2012-06-01 08:56
//Time for a reality check buddy or is this just an attack by you on someone with a different view point then yours.//


Yea -- If he were rich conservative I bet you would be whining about how he is not paying his fair share.
 
 
+7 # JH Gordon 2012-06-01 07:22
Property taxes are based largely on improvements. Dirt is considered unimproved. But if you farm the dirt you pay tax on the earnings from that produce. The man is entitled to any tax deduction he can get. So don't beat on people who use the Tax Code, change it. Start with Corporations who can deduct the services of Lobbyists who write legislation that gets rubber-stamped by the politicians they own. Try looking at why you vote doesn't count. If it did, you could do a lot to rid the world of injustice. JH Gordon-Fireclos ure
 
 
-18 # Martintfre 2012-06-01 08:26
-88 and sinking fast.

If he was a rich conservative and I exposed the same thing it would be at least +88 atta boys.

I guess if it were not for double standards ya all would have none at all.
 
 
+3 # neohip 2012-06-03 10:28
A rich conservative doing organic farming in the US. No, I'd have to applaud that and think he deserved the subsidy.
 
 
+5 # iggypops 2012-06-02 20:11
martin – many states have the program that bruce is managing his land under. in massachusetts it's called chapter 61 & it allows folks to work land as forestry or agriculture & pay lower taxes on it – versus being taxed the full amount of market value which would provide no incentive or ability for folks to keep the land open & undeveloped. if his 200 acres were taxed at the same rate as the 3-acre home piece, there'd be very little incentive to run it as farm land & instead the only thing that would make sense would be to build lots of houses on 3-acre pieces of land. it's also possible that the land is not able to be used as anything other than farm land because of limited frontage or extensive wetlands within the 200 acres. this is complex stuff & not as simple as saying he gets a big tax break . . . i'll gladly explain more if you ask.
 
 
+46 # fredboy 2012-05-31 11:53
This takes me back to Steppenwolf's song, Pusher Man. Both bankers and pushers stream from and back into the same gate of hell.
 
 
+5 # Terrapin 2012-06-02 10:54
"America where are you now?
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?
Don't you know we need you now
We can't fight alone againt THE MONSTER."
--- Steppenwolf
 
 
+86 # humanmancalvin 2012-05-31 11:54
Bruce the Boss is getting downright Woody Guthrie with his political songs. There is an argument to be made about celebrities endorsements as in who cares. But they do have a large platform & if they use their voice wisely it can make a difference. Thank you Bruce for singing the truth.
 
 
+22 # JSRaleigh 2012-05-31 14:31
Quoting humanmancalvin:
Bruce the Boss is getting downright Woody Guthrie with his political songs. There is an argument to be made about celebrities endorsements as in who cares. But they do have a large platform & if they use their voice wisely it can make a difference. Thank you Bruce for singing the truth.


Yeah, Bruce is foremost among Woody's heirs.
 
 
-54 # jimattrell 2012-05-31 11:55
Lawyers, unions, big corporations, wall street, Hollywood actors, sports heroes, lobbyists, and rock stars. None of these folks represent the average American, especially in Congress.
 
 
+75 # NanFan 2012-05-31 12:38
Quoting jimattrell:
Lawyers, unions, big corporations, wall street, Hollywood actors, sports heroes, lobbyists, and rock stars. None of these folks represent the average American, especially in Congress.


I have to say that if one "has the podium" s/he can do one of two things:

1) tell it like it is and get people to hear the truth and try to act upon that truth if it's an injustice, or

2) just work to keep the podium and get greedy rich.

The Boss is right-on! He's always represented and championed the average American by telling the truth.

P.S. to Martintfre: Organic farming tax break... GREAT whoever you are...honey bee tax break...GREAT! Better than Monsanto insanity. Honey bee farming needs support to sustain our healthy food chain.

N.
 
 
+27 # genierae 2012-05-31 13:10
Right on, NanFan!
 
 
+7 # Martintfre 2012-06-01 08:54
//P.S. to Martintfre: Organic farming tax break... GREAT whoever you are...honey bee tax break...GREAT! Better than Monsanto insanity. Honey bee farming needs support to sustain our healthy food chain. //

I bet there is nothing stopping you from honey bee farming but lack of knowledge and lack of ambition. Maybe I can cure that.

Couple of years ago I did a chicken coup tour in the city Pittsburgh - urban farming.

The most amazing one I saw::
One such urban 'farm' was one of the tightly nestled row houses packed among the block of identical looking row houses. The "Farm" (back yard) covered a massive 20 ft wide by 30 ft long "field". They had Chickens (6?) Corn, beans, lettuce, radishes, and more vegies I can't remember, a pear tree,an apple tree, a peach tree and a cherry tree and on the back porch roof they had 3 bee hives - all organic. and no the government did not give them money -they did it because it was what they wanted to do. No roosters allowed to reduce possibility of neighbor complaints, all chicken feces was buried to eliminate smell and enhance the compost.
 
 
+1 # RHytonen 2012-06-05 12:48
"Lawyers, unions, big corporations, wall street, Hollywood actors, sports heroes, lobbyists, and rock stars. None of these folks represent the average American, especially in Congress."

I disagree - unions do. Especially these days in the midwest.
 
 
+41 # noitall 2012-05-31 13:15
Nor do any of the millionaires that we rely on to "represent" our beliefs or wishes. Actors and rock stars, as THEY know, are only a breath away from being back in the fold with US. Unlike life-long rich people like Mittins, and all the rest of that ilk. At least these people have balls and are willing to make an amplified version of our voice.
 
 
+29 # noitall 2012-05-31 14:20
Its a crying shame that Frank Zappa died before his time. Inspite of his early and untimely demise, his lyrics speak to the woes of today. When he wrote these words, as is with most of Zappa's works, he was years ahead and his views of the time reflect this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fam5wRXcoQE&feature=related
AND if you listen to George Carlin, a mere comedian, you hear truth coming from one knowledgable enough to forsee what we're living today although he is no longer with us. We NEED these people! Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=mKQs-jDI7j8&NR=1
George says it and listen to those calling him out of it. Any of those around to admit that George was right and they were absolutely wrong? No guts from that side.
 
 
+5 # Elusive Pimpernel 2012-05-31 18:54
Quoting jimattrell:
Lawyers, unions, big corporations, wall street, Hollywood actors, sports heroes, lobbyists, and rock stars. None of these folks represent the average American, especially in Congress.



Got any better suggestions? Or are you just looking for fault?
 
 
+1 # Martintfre 2012-06-01 08:40
//Got any better suggestions? //


yes.

a just government respects the rights of all people equally and grants special favor to none. Think about it.
 
 
+3 # rockieball 2012-06-02 10:54
Oh I think woody Guthrie, Pete Seager, Bob Dylan set good example of where you are wrong.
 
 
+48 # bobby t. 2012-05-31 11:59
oh the banks are made of marble,
with a guard at every door,
and the vaults are stuffed with silver,
that the miners sweated for.
i saw a lonely miner,
scrubbin coal from offin his back,
and i heard his kinfolks cryin,
got no coal to to heat the shack.
but the banks are made.....
no one is going to jail. they did in the eighties, but not now. untouchables.
 
 
-8 # tahoevalleylines 2012-05-31 12:42
On the off chance some bank employees will see these lines, here are a couple addendum, though not poetic...

First, James 5 in the New Testament

For the Tea Party as well; Take a close look at Senator Frank J. Cannon's book: "Under The Prophet In Utah", a compendium of details very suitable as must reading for Junior Executives in the mold of Mitt Romney.

It may be said, the Mormon hierarchy of 100 years ago provided perfect background for the progressive movement, and for thet, America should be thankful...

And, thanks to our present Mormon Presidential wannabe, light is going into the dark corners of a very pervasive cult.

Walter Martin's book on the "Maze Of Mormonism" is must reading for RNC & Tea Party leadership, as they may consider the parable of cleansing one set of problems only to have the place cleaned up for a far worse set of circumstances-
 
 
+1 # rockieball 2012-06-02 10:55
Better book about Utah is "Under the Banner of Heaven."
 
 
+20 # Gevurah 2012-05-31 18:35
I [quote name="bobby t."]oh the banks are made of marble,
with a guard at every door,
and the vaults are stuffed with silver,
that the miners sweated for.
i saw a lonely miner,
scrubbin coal from offin his back,
and i heard his kinfolks cryin,
got no coal to to heat the shack.
but the banks are made....

***I guess everybody knows this was recorded by the Weavers in 1963...


no one is going to jail. they did in the eighties, but not now. untouchables.

***The only ones who go to jail are the brave ones who Occupy, and are gassed and abused by cops. In the midst of a Minneosta winter, they were still out there, pleading for warm clothes, tents, blankets, but NEVER giving up!
 
 
+27 # cordleycoit 2012-05-31 12:17
The poet and the musician are telling the truth.Guys like the Boss or Greg Brown warn us tell us to pass on what is right to the kids and piss on the liars, cheaters, politicians and bankers, with a smile. We're "Holding on..." to and for each other.
 
 
+10 # Bob P 2012-05-31 12:21
..."find someone to take responsibility when it all goes wrong." It hasn't gone all wrong for the 1%. In fact, it is worth big bucks to them to manipulate politics to maintain their growing flow of money,even now, though it perpetuates and deepens our misery. They are meeting their responsibility of making themselves richer.
Then again, if I were a billionair, I could very well think the same way. I do feel that my thousands are justified, and more income would be nice.
 
 
+14 # James Marcus 2012-05-31 12:22
Go you 'one better', Bruce! This one, now on Utube, by Makana: 'We are the Many' (not the few). Sung at a Presidential APEC dinner, Makana was invited to play 'Background' Music, But 'The New Bob Dylan' sang this, which he wrote, repeatedly, for 45 minutes, to the VIP attendees:
(Yes, he received an 'off record' censure call from the State Department !)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq3BYw4xjxE

Amy Goodman interviews Him later:
http://www.democracynow.org/2011/11/14/occupy_honolulu_hawaiian_musician_makana_performs
 
 
+11 # lincolnimp 2012-05-31 17:26
Go you 'one better', James. Here's the original anthem. "The Times, They Are a Changin'" written by Bob Dylan. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCWdCKPtnYE&feature=related
It's obvious to this listener that Makana has drawn his inspiration and a goodly portion of his melody (even the same key) from Dylan's opus. It's fine to copy a master, but it's less admirable if you don't credit the original.
I'm just sayin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCWdCKPtnYE&feature=related
 
 
-4 # dick 2012-05-31 12:32
The criminal bansters grow fat as whales,
Knowing Obama will never seek jails.
Working families have been nuked by banks,
Who Obama treats as heroic Yanks.
Economic terror rains down from New York,
The White House is Goldman's favorite Resort.
 
 
+1 # Martintfre 2012-06-01 08:33
careful dick
-- you treading on thin ice when you point out the thieving bankers on wall street can only do it with the help of low politicians in high places.
 
 
+27 # Listner 2012-05-31 13:15
Every time somebody sings a song showing the world the injustices that go on, thousands are listening.Those words are NOT forgotten. Thanks Bruce for all you do for the cause.
Thanks also for not taking credit away from Ronny Reagoon who has taken all the credit for tearing down the Berlin Wall.
Gosh if we could have just kept him around long enough for sainthood.
 
 
+19 # PastorEd 2012-05-31 13:26
Interesting that Bruce Springsteen would rush in where angels fear to tread. Nevertheless, point taken.

Henry Ford of the Ford company once said,
"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning."
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/henryford136294.html#Uix42uJAIqRHKBTi.99

The seriousness of the word revolution can be read and understood by reading "The Revolt of The Masses" by Jose Gasset.
 
 
+27 # Feral Dogz 2012-05-31 13:50
Lyrics for The Wall St. March

Those clever men on Wall St.
Have never done so well
At stealing with their crooked deals
They thought no one could tell

But now the truth is plain to see
Their house of cards must fall
They cannot hide forever
Behind their paper wall

99% were sleeping
But now we are awake
The 1% have gone too far
They took all they can take

Let us all stand together
Marching hand in hand
As peaceful demonstrations
Spread out across the land

The leaders we elected
Have failed to do their job
They have no sense of decency
They've joined the ones who rob

Now the tide is turning
The time has surely come
To change the course of history
And do what must be done

Resist the great temptation
To take more than you need
Join the Occupation
To end the rule of greed

Let us all stand together
Marching hand in hand
As peaceful demonstrations
Spread out across the land

Get a free download of The Wall St. March. Original string band music from Outermost Strings of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

www.last.fm/music/Outermost+Strings/The+Wall+St.+March

© Richard Huttinger 2011
 
 
+29 # fredboy 2012-05-31 14:01
Here's America's greatest irony: Form a bank, get free money from the Fed, squander it, get bailed out, and publicly bitch about socialism and the welfare state...
 
 
-51 # blkthorn 2012-05-31 14:39
This guy is BS he pays no taxes while the people live around him pay 18.000.00 a year on land taxes, him and bon Jovie don t pay. John stossel did a show on it.You people need to pull your heads out Hollywoods ass.
 
 
+31 # noitall 2012-05-31 16:19
blkthorn. Are you concerned for your mental health being dented from watching too much Fox "news"? Citing John Stossel in support of your rant accusing the writer of "BS" does nothing for you or your position's credibility. Stossel denies peak oil, disses people in poverty because they own cell phones (necessary if you want to find a job), refrigerators, or TVs. Do you want the poverty test to be that you have to be living under an overpass? Stossel is just another Fox shill. You'd be doing yourself a favor to never mention his name again.
 
 
+12 # bluepilgrim 2012-05-31 18:49
Even the right wing Martinfre says above:
"Springsteen pays more than $138,000 a year in taxes on his three-acre Colts Neck home, but just $4,639 on the adjoining 200 acres"

You call $142,639 RE taxes nothing? You think $18,000 is more than $142,639?

Oh, my!!
 
 
-7 # Martintfre 2012-06-01 08:37
//$4,639 on the adjoining 200 acres"//

True it's not nuthin .. but $23 and 20 cents per acre is damned close.

Tis good to have low friends in high places
 
 
+18 # vgirl1 2012-05-31 14:40
It would be wonderful if he would bring the same energy and clarity to this country concerning the harmful directions and implications of the TPrepublicans and their ties to a small number of billionaires as well as the banks as they try to buy the presidency in the US 2012 election.
 
 
+18 # wfalco 2012-05-31 18:08
Seems to me some folks are full of hate and have to attack celebrities for the sake of them just being rich.(What did Paul Newman pay in property taxes when he was alive? Who the hell cares?) This atttitude is without merit as all it does is point to one's own ignorance of the importance of the arts-and the positive affect they can have on the world's citizens.
Critics of Bruce(and his wealth) most certainly did not grow up in the Northeastern U.S. in the 70's. But Springsteen transcends any particular age group or geography.
At the age of 62 it can be argued he may still be the most relevent rocker today.
I have seen Bruce and his band about a dozen times (most recently in Tampa this year)and he is one of the few who can emote pure passion, in the lyrics and music. This is real artistry and it can be argued by some of the best music critics in the land that this New Jersey messenger may not have any equals in the modern era.His serious songs have a common theme-times may be hard, life is difficult, but hold on to what you hold dear and charge ahead-and there will be at least a dim glimmer of light near the end of the tunnel.
 
 
+3 # John Steinsvold 2012-05-31 19:52
An Alternative to Capitalism (if the people knew about it, they would demand it)

Several decades ago, Margaret Thatcher claimed: "There is no alternative". She was referring to capitalism. Today, this negative attitude still persists.

I would like to offer an alternative to capitalism for the American people to consider. Please click on the following link. It will take you to an essay titled: "Home of the Brave?" which was published by the Athenaeum Library of Philosophy:

http://evans-experientialism.freewebspace.com/steinsvold.htm

John Steinsvold

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result."~ Albert Einstein
 
 
+13 # Ellioth 2012-05-31 21:32
Friends - the game is rigged - free market economy, a True Market Economy? Sounds interesting - we should try it some time.

Bruce sings of the corrupt greedy bastards who tear this country down and the ignorant keep on cheering them on. A vote for Romney is a vote for empty headed values that will destroy America, and even the rich will eventually go down.

Sing it out loud, Bruce -
 
 
+2 # Martintfre 2012-06-01 09:28
//A vote for Romney is a vote for empty headed values that will destroy America, and even the rich will eventually go down.//


ahhh dude - just a heads up, Senator Obama joined the senate majority and voted to bail out many of those greedy bastards - while President Obama's justice department has prosecuted ... ZERO people responsible.
 
 
+1 # PGreen 2012-06-03 12:51
Questionable assumptions addressed:
1) The fallibility of leaders may have little to do with their causes. Example: Ronald Reagan is most accurately described retrospectively as a tax-raising neo-liberal.
2) Bill Gates is probably less deserving of more of his wealth than Springsteen. Gates is far better sever by the inequalities of the system. It is like comparing a giant to a child.
3) Nothing justifies the degree of wealth achieved by Gates, Buffet, Soros, and others. Buffet admits this.
4) The class argument is not liberal versus conservative, but advocates of the plutocratic establishment (essentially the status quo) versus alternative (economic democracy) advocates.
5) There is nothing inherently wrong with government subsidies (given the current system) and they have been in use for at least the last century in the US. It is subsidies to the rich that are wrong. The so called "free market" worshiped by radical libertarians is an ideological construct, not a natural law. The system advocated under such a proposal favors the creation of a series of corporate fiefdoms. ("Escape from New York" was a film about a libertarian paradise, and Pinochet's Chile, came close to realizing it.)
6) To dislike Romney is not necessarily to be crazy about Obama. Some merely think him the lesser of two evils.
 
 
0 # Martintfre 2012-06-05 11:46
//2) Bill Gates is probably less deserving of more of his wealth than Springsteen. Gates is far better sever by the inequalities of the system. It is like comparing a giant to a child. //

While Springsteen has amused millions (m self included), Bill Gates has helped made the lives of Billions better. PS Gates along with Buffet has donated 24 BILLION to causes in central Africa.

//3) Nothing justifies the degree of wealth achieved by Gates, Buffet, Soros, and others. Buffet admits this.//
False premise only justified by feelings of envy and personal greed.


//5) There is nothing inherently wrong with government subsidies //
Government can't give anything to any one unless it take it from some one else first. Government subsidies are politically motivated and inherently fascist -- if you wish to endorse fascism -- go for it, but don't expect my support
 
 
0 # PGreen 2012-06-05 14:22
Apparently, you believe that the US has been fascist for at least the last hundred years, since we have been using subsidies for at least that long.
Gates can afford the donations. In fact he could easily afford more. But you miss the point.
Those who justify an individual achieving unlimited wealth always fail to understand the role of the system which fosters it, and the consequences of that system for the rest of the world.
 
 
+4 # wilma 2012-06-02 08:03
Right on , Bruce



Wilma
 
 
0 # Hamblaster 2012-06-02 11:07
I don't want to say too much about what MUST be done by anyone who even MAKES it to an "elected" office in this country, but before even becoming a local politician, I'm sure an individual must be beholden to one, or MANY who gave them money to run. Once in office, the price of any and everything rises, and the obligations become commensurate with the dollar amount. Bernie Sanders is the only one in national service who probably hasn't f*%CKED everybody for the wants of one individual, or company. They're ALL corrupt, and must be sequestered, for the 4 years (MAXIMUM) that they serve!!
 
 
+1 # jimattrell 2012-06-02 11:10
The facts are that most of the small banks have been wiped out while large banks send big bucks to politicians and get rescued.
 

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