Posted by JC on January 25th, 2012
Any one who’s ever come within a whisker of social and economic history would have been able to enjoy that joke.
Judy, just as a matter of interest, do you know who most of those characters are ?
I pick up on Bush senior and Reagan: the gents at the front and far right look vaguely familiar.
JC: That’s about as far as I’ve got with identifying them as well. Can any of you politico-historical pundits out there help?
“And then we told them wealth would ‘trickle down.’”
“That’s what Gingrich told me Mitt said to that last meeting of losers down in South Carolina.”
“Romney was furious and put his hand in his pocket and bet Gingrich two million that he was lying.”
“I turned round to ask Gingrich if this was true. He had both arms wrapped around a young, blond staffer. He opened his mouth but nothing coherent came out. I realised he was as pissed as a newt.”
Walter Cronkite beside Reagan.
Its not funny!
Apparently the people in the photo are then-President Ronald Reagan, Walter Cronkite, Jim Brady, David Gergen, Ed Meese, George Bush Snr, Jim Baker and Bud Benjamin.
JC: Thanks, Ross.
Well it is ironically and sadly very true pjr. ever heard of black humour or gallows humour? Or is it possible that in you misguided belief patterns that you believe in the “Trickle Down Theory”. There is only one thing that trickles down and that is a very sick joke indeed.
“Its not funny!”
Tend to agree, but then as you may have picked up from Don Wood’s presumptuous attempts to declare what is “true”, and “misguided”, this is an in-joke – and you’re obviously not part of the in-crowd.
But don’t begrudge people a laugh, or feel left out.
After all, the politics of Walter Cronkite (pictured in the group, as Ross astutely noted) were not of the trickle-down variety. So he couldn’t have been one of the “we” who “told them wealth would trickle down”.
Which rather begs the question why is chortling so happily WITH the the group, presumably at the expense of those who have supposedly been fooled – rather than ironically AT the assembled amused group, as Judy has invited us to do?
Still, boring details like that would spoil the story.
That pic has been caption-ised.
..ever heard of ‘acceptable-gatekeepers’..?
..these are the media figures who are rewarded with fame/fortune/association for their ultimate servility to the ruling class…
..oh..!..they may thunder/blah blah !..occaisonally..
..but this is largely just pandering to their audience..
..to the/us mug-punters…
..and is never anything of substance/matter..
..and most definitely never a challenge to the status-quo/privileges of the elites..
..that is the faustian-deal they operate under..
..and largely..they like to think they are in on the joke..
..with the rest of us ..the mug-punters again..
..the butt of that joke..
..the local examples of these acceptable-gatekeepers are legion..
..and are most of the mainstream-media..
..those who control what we see/hear/know..
Oh it’s SO fashionable to think this is the only cause of the problem. What about the backward cultures that can’t stop themselves overpopulating the planet, as if having HUGE families is not connected to poverty? Nothing trickles UP from those people.
@ phillip ure…
“..ever heard of ‘acceptable-gatekeepers’..?
..these are the media figures who are rewarded with fame/fortune/association for their ultimate servility to the ruling class…”
What? Like John Pilger?!
heh..!..i think you are the first to call john pilger an ‘acceptable gatekeeper’..
..i think he’d fail any audition..eh..?
..can you milk this one any more..?
..tell us yr basis for that call..?
..or was it just a one-liner…?
@ phillip ure…
“..tell us yr basis for that call..?
..or was it just a one-liner…?”
Got it in one.
Now, care to tell me the basis for your implication that Walter Cronkite was a
“media figures who (was) rewarded with fame/fortune/association for (his) ultimate servility to the ruling class”.
An answer to the point, in prose or verse is acceptable….
… if not I’ll consign your class warfare plot-theory re Cronkite to the receptacle…
it goes with the job…kimbo…
..ones who aren’t would be the exceptions to the rule…
and actually..in all fairness to the man..
..cronkite had his not insignificant part to play in ending the vietnam war..
..so he always deserves kudos for that…
Wake Up’s ‘ What about the backward cultures that can’t stop themselves overpopulating the planet, as if having HUGE families is not connected to poverty? Nothing trickles UP from those people’ is just a racist/imperialist rant.
Have a look at one of grand-ma’s photo-albums, sunshine,if you can, you know, from the black & white box-brownie era. Count the lil chillun and breathe through your nose.
Handy word, “racist”. Stops the person deploying it from having to THINK. Why is why I take no notice. You’re gonna have to do better than that – expecially feeble insults like “breathe through your nose” (one of the interminably annoying John Bank’s favourites). You don’t even know if I AM right wing. What I am is – logical: if you’re starving, don;t have nine kids. Simple.
And yes, I have grand family photos from the old days; we all do.
Why don’t you take proper look at them……and guess what? – they’re not starving, because they were living in an advanced, democratic, hard-working, inventive, forward-looking culture.
What I ACTUALLY SAID was “…people from the BACKWARD cultures overpopulating the earth.”
Lemme guess – I bet you you live in an advanced, Western culture. I bet you don’t live in Africa, where the population is EXPLODING, most of it diseased with AIDS, a situation completely NOT comparable to yout your example of our decent pioneering Western families of some generations ago. We’re living in 2012 now, buddy (though from the way some people behave you wouldn’t think so).
If anyone still believes in “trickle down”, please get in touch with me. I have some left-over shares in the Wellington Harbour bridge, going Real Cheap!!
(I sold a truckload to some luvly Nigerian chaps who contacted me about some $50 million “deal” or somesuch. I managed to persuade them my “deal” was better.)
Me thinks you have missed the point of Phil’s observation which may be much closer to home.
Yes rants about the poor being at fault are fairly widespread.
Conformity to popularism