"It's just hard to comprehend how people can defend any of it. When so few have so much, cheaply taken in the back alleys, something just isn't right."
A bit of a conundrum, to be sure. Nobody's all right or all wrong. Brad makes some excellent points, as does Travis. Few people want any blame leveled at the class they defend/represent.
But the truth of the matter (my truth, probably someone else's falsehood, that's the way these things seem to work), is that there's plenty of blame for our current lopsided distribution of wealth, including those most hurt by it.
I agree with Brad when he asks why people who have made good decisions should pay for the bad decisions of others. I'm quite sure that each and every one of us sees this every day - from people who can barely afford to get by deciding to have a child they can ill afford, to the people scraping by spending $20-$50 a pop on the lottery, to the people going deeply into debt so they can have a big TV or a nice new car or a big ole house. And I don't believe these folks are some tiny minority. And while they do this, they either don't vote, or they continue to vote for the same people who pass laws to make it even more difficult for them to get out of their situations - while making it easier for big corporations to get out of their bad situations.
And every now and again some politician really overreaches and gets the population engaged and involved. But it's temporary, and it only happens when things are really bad. The population quickly goes back to 'sleep' however, and as an entity, its memory is short. This has played out time and time again.
Unfortunately, the other side of the coin is also true. Many wealthy people/businesses buy the legislation they want - which allows them to operate for the detriment of the many and the benefit of the few. Heck, many of them write the legislation they want, and their subservient congress critters get it passed for them. On both sides of the aisle.
Yup, plenty of blame to go around. You can't just point fingers at the top. The bottom is complicit in their circumstances. And the more people try to deflect any blame from them, the longer this sad situation will continue unabated.