Last week, movie stars Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Jennifer Lawrence all walked the “Don’t Look Up” red carpet in New York City for the premiere of their new film, which offers “a humorous warning on climate change, politics and more, âaccording to filmmaker Adam McKay.
The stars were all decked out in designer clothes, smiling for the cameras and giving interviews, preaching – without masks – about the dangers of the so-called climate crisis as they were surrounded by workers and employees who all had to cover your face.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a highly visible two-tier society. It’s a society where the upper class can lecture you on wearing masks and respecting “science” while breaking their own rules.
Yes, there is an obvious hypocrisy, but something more sinister is going on: The pandemic has exacerbated the inequality gap between the haves and have-nots in this country – and the ‘haves’ seem to like it about this. way.
The upper caste in America is the elite of the urban liberals, who hold the majority of positions in academia, the media, Hollywood, federal government and civil service, Silicon Valley, Wall Street, and big business. They were all content to zoom in on meetings from their homes during the pandemic, while sending in low-paid workers to absorb the risk.
This liberal elite is okay with mask and vaccine mandates, business closures and school closings because their lives have never been interrupted. They could work from home, pay a tutor’s fees, or send their children to private institutions. They couldn’t be bothered to wear masks at their own private events. As an added bonus, they can now use “science” to signal virtue to the world.
Unsurprisingly, studies now show that the pandemic has disproportionately affected lower and middle class Americans, while elites have thrived.
A survey conducted by Save the Children International in 37 countries found that three out of four households have experienced a drop in income since the start of the pandemic, with 82% of the poorest households being negatively affected. In the United States, more than 2 million households have said they have not had enough to eat since the pandemic, with one in five black households reporting that they have suffered from hunger.
The US economy lost 22 million jobs from February to April 2020, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, when the lockdowns took effect, and the economy, even today, is still numbered in the millions. jobs below the pre-pandemic trend.
As Americans head into the Christmas season, they face higher prices for gifts, empty shelves, longer checkouts, and higher costs to heat their homes. Lockdowns have scolded global supply chains, and the policies of the Biden administration – on everything from energy to big government spending – have led to massive inflation, which is a tax on the middle class.
Meanwhile, the pandemic has been a boon to the ultra-rich. The fortunes of the top five billionaires increased by $ 102 billion, increasing their wealth by 26%, in the first three months of the pandemic.
âIn fact, the combined wealth of American billionaires has increased by over $ 637 billion to a total of $ 3.6 trillion, which is considerably more than the total wealth of the 54 countries of the African continent,â the Forum wrote. global economy last year.
Big box stores like Walmart and Target have thrived, generating record profits, while more than 100,000 small family businesses have closed. Amazon’s profits climbed 220% earlier this year compared to the same period in 2020. The company’s latest third-quarter results mark the fourth consecutive quarter of revenue exceeding $ 100 billion. Ideal for shareholders and CEO Jeff Bezos.
And as the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, the Biden administration and some corporate and local jurisdictions have pushed hard on vaccination mandates. Get the jab or lose your job. For millions of frontline and essential workers, who have caught COVID-19 working while the elites were at home, the concept is untenable.
Those who managed to keep their jobs during the worst of the pandemic are now seeing their livelihoods threatened. And by whom? The liberal elites who signal virtue.
COVID-19 has led to one of the greatest transfers of money and power, from the middle class to the elites, this country has ever seen. To the party that claims to be fighting for the middle class, Democrats seem quite happy with the new, multi-level society they’ve created. And why wouldn’t they do it? It benefits them, after all.
â¢ Kelly Sadler is commentary editor for the Washington Times.