‘There Was a Little Girl’ – by Brooke Shields

This is the photo used on the jacket of the book I recently read by Ms. Shields. I don’t normally read celebrity books. I’ve always been intrigued by her, and back then it was a little creepy as she’s 6 years younger than me. Now its nothing. But I wasn’t the only one. She made Pretty Baby, Wanda Nevada, Blue Lagoon, Endless Love, Brenda Starr, all movies that capitalized on her captivating looks. And its kind of funny because from reading the book, I picked up that she had that typical model way of looking at her own body.  I’m sure I can’t explain it right or understand completely, but models often look at themselves objectively.  Not the way men do. It is their asset, to be protected and presented. Nothing more, nothing less.

As the title suggests (The Real Story of My Mother and Me), her goal was to analyze her and her mother’s relationship dynamics. That she did, for 394 pages. There was the odd tidbit of celebrity gossip about this or that co-star over the years, and the goings on in Hollywood, but the vast majority of it was an endless recounting of the dark spiral her mother lived in because of alcoholism, and what it did to Brooke. To say that Brooke was screwed up is an understatement. Back then if you thought about it at all, you just assumed her life was all rainbows and unicorns.

It takes 2 people to make an alcoholic: the broken person and the enabler. Teri and Brooke. That was their world. Brooke had a decent relationship with her divorced dad, but it was pretty much her mother her world revolved around. When I finished the book the first thought was what might her life have been like had she had a warm and nurturing mother? And the second thought was why is it so often its the whack job parents that produce these prodigies? Her first husband Andre Agassi had a nut for a dad.

Brooke’s friend Michael Jackson’s parents were famous for their abuse. I’m sure the list goes on and on. For some reason that need for parental approval (and that whip cracking behind them) motivates young people to incredible heights. You got the feeling a little that Brooke thought it was her amazing looks that made her career. I’m not sure she understands there is a multitude of equally beautiful young women, they just don’t live in New York City and have a whack job for a parent. The stars aligned for her at a time when print culture could still control who the next megastar was. (Think David Cassidy, Shaun Cassidy, Brooke, Leif Garrett…)

Another thing that stood out was a little troubling. Jetting here, jetting there, Cannes, the Fiji Islands, making this movie, that movie, rubbing elbows with Bob Hope and other clebrities, 6 homes at one time. She led a lifestyle most of us have no comprehension of. She was able to do this because of the feelings fans had for her and the money they spent. Her fans made it possible. She seems to have zero comprehension of that. Or appreciation.

But after you read one of these you realize the volumes that you weren’t told. Things about school, relationships or jobs that you were given a glossy little picture of, but not the nitty gritty of what it was really like. I guess you get a little jaded when you realize the mission was to sell books, not give you the truth.

 

 

 

 

 

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Where art thou Sound of Music?

THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Daniel Truhitte, Charmian Carr, 1965, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. Courtesy: Everett Collection.

Oh my gosh, what a wasteland modern Hollywood is! I was flipping through the channels, desperately  seeking to be entertained by something. Its pretty bad when you’ve gotten too old for the Lone Ranger and Laramie. Yesterday I discovered 17-3 Charge plays several hours of CHiPs in the afternoon. That’s good for about an hour. Whenever I start thinking about the dearth of wholesome, quality, family fare, I think of the Gold Standard: The Sound of Music.

Seriously though, without trying to sound like an old “Stay off my lawn!” geezer, what has Hollywood come up with in the ensuing 55 years? Its still #1 in ticket sales. They always want to talk about the newest and greatest highest “grossing” movie, but that’s only because of ticket price inflation. As far as butts in theater seats, I’m pretty sure SOM is still number 1. It reminds me of the pop song American Pie. Its a good song, don’t get me wrong, but the reverence in which it is held shows how bad the competition is. We should have had more songs in 50 years that were capable of using metaphor, parable, poetry and analogy than just this one song. It stands out cause, ‘Baby, baby, baby! Yeah, yeah, yeah!’ is so weak.

In the 70’s Benji was a wholesome family movie.  Low budget, but nice. There were a bunch of good movies, but I wouldn’t call them family fare. John Wayne movies, Clint Eastwood movies, the first Star Wars movie. ET? A few Disney flicks, Lion King, the Little Mermaid, but those weren’t movies adults could get into also, just the kids. A few live action Disney movies over the years, but nothing in the last 40 years. I’ll have to come back later and add to this list the ones that will inevitably come to me, but as of right now its a desert.

[Charmian Carr was an interesting bird. She made one more movie after SOM with that nut job Anthony Perkins and that was it! If ever there was a natural for the movies it was her. Exquisitely beautiful with those glacier blue eyes, a wonderful charisma,  she puts 99% of Hollywood to shame. She chose instead some area of decorating as a career as I understand it. Of all the obnoxious louts that the industry forces on us, to have a gem like that getaway…. and then God took her home at just age 74. And in the movie Ralph chooses the Nazis over her, my ass. Not a chance.]

Culver’s ice cream

Okay so its “frozen custard”. They make the best ice cream in Ames, but about half the time I forget that. Trying to get ice cream in Ames can be trying. You think of a place like Dairy Queen that specializes in it. Nope. Van Gorp’s owns the DQs in Ames and like so many others they think they’ll maximize profit by employing minimum wage teenagers. You get what you pay for. I know at the Boone DQ they had a walkout when the employees found out the McDonalds next-door was paying $5 bucks an hour more than the highest paid DQ employee! Which is what the Van Gorp’s are doing and it shows. The North one couldn’t make a malt to save their lives. The chocolate is virtually indistinguishable from the vanilla its so pale. They’re slow and after all the wait its a puny cone you get.

Ditto for the Lincoln Way DQ. I watched the kid after he spent 5 minutes unwrapping coins for the register, correcting an already served order, unwrap cones to load the dispenser, and grab mine by the lip with his bare fingers! So I went half a block to the Casey’s and get a dish of ice cream. Of course their machine was broken for the gazillionth time. Casey’s ice cream machines are always broke and their gas pumps most of the time don’t have any paper in the receipt printer. I forgot Culver’s! Its right there too on Lincoln Way! Its the creamiest and chocolatiest! Its the best in town, and I forgot it! I always associate Culvers with their burgers, especially their mushroom and swiss. Old people, we take our ice cream seriously.

When business owners try to do it on the cheap with cut-rate employees, they’re telling you they don’t think much about their product and they don’t think much about you.

Pawn Stars

Pawn shops are a funny place. I’m guessing a lot of the more genteel Iowans have never been in one. Its kind of an economic ‘dirty book store’. Aside from the palm tree growing out of the top of this one, it could be anyone of the ones dotting the Iowa landscape. My guess is very few of the items that end up there were ever dropped off with the intention of going back for them. They end up being thrift stores for tools, jewelry, electronics and guns. I remember reading one time that when pawn shops and checks into cash (payday loan) places spring up, its an indicator that a neighborhood is in full blown decline. In Ames another indicator was the explosion of clothing consignment shops.

What I don’t understand about pawn shops is their business model. I get the part about they have to ‘buy wholesale’ and ‘sell retail’. They have to pay employees, the lease and the light bill. so their goal is to pay X and sell for 2X. But that’s where it gets fuzzy for me. I don’t know about jewelry and electronics, but I do know about tools and guns. I saw a nice little 20 piece socket set yesterday for $16 bucks. You could buy it new at Walmart or Lowes for about that or a few bucks more. Why would you pay the same amount for used?

Another area is guns. You can buy a brand spanking new gun (and a good one at that) for $136 dollars at a gun show. A Taurus Spectrum .380. You can buy a new Hi-Point 9mm for $139. So imagine my surprise when I saw a used Ruger LCP for $200 at the pawn shop on Lincoln Way in Ames. New price is $219 (LCP II new price is $299 or on sale for $249). Are you wanting to sell guns or store them? They have a used Taurus PT111 for $189 I believe, a new G2C (its replacement) only goes for $215. So in both cases only $20 bucks more would buy you new of the same item, and you wouldn’t have to worry about what some nimrod previous owner did to the gun on the used market!

Assuming they do the same thing for electronics and jewelry, I don’t see how they keep the doors open. Anyone who knows market value on the items would never buy them! There must be a lot of unaware consumers. You know in the example above they didn’t give a penny more than $90 for the LCP, they could actually sell it for $130, instead of storing it for $199. Just don’t get it. “Store of wealth” (the retained value of an item), its a strange business. They seem to stay in business. You just think they could make a lot more money if they were actually interested in selling stuff instead of just ripping people off.

 

Brooke Shields


Brooke Shields

I led off with this photo (even though it just seems “fuzzy”) because it really captures a lot. I’m guessing she’s about 20 here (15?). This girl caused a lot of trouble for society in the 70s. She made a movie called ‘Pretty Baby‘ (1978) for heaven’s sake, about a 12 year old prostitute. Sure it was creepy. Never seen it myself. For Hollywood it was quite original. Creativity isn’t what Hollywood’s about. Using people, chewing them up and spitting them out, going for the lowest common denominator, that’s what Hollywood’s about. Her mom was taken to society’s woodshed repeatedly. Which is kind of funny when you think about it.

America was shocked to see a 12 year old portray a prostitute. It was all pretend. That’s what Hollywood is, a very expensive game of dress up. A year or 2 later Johnny Gosch and Eugene Martin from Iowa were getting kidnapped for real and forced into a living hell of real life prostitution. Did America get upset about that? Or all the thousands of other kids living a similar hell? No. But play a game of pretend, hold their eyelids open and force them to watch, and society blanches. Societal nimrods.

Right after this movie you can find pictures of an underage Brooke at the ultra swank Studio 54 nightclub. Real life exploitation of a teenager. Did anyone get upset? No. Did they get upset about the abuse of hundreds of other kids in Hollywood? No. That was kept under the rug. They didn’t have to look at that. The “right” people were making money off of that. Brooke was born May 31, 1965. She wouldn’t be 21 until 1986. About the time of the photo above. She’d lived a lifetime by then. I buy very, very few movies for myself. ‘Brenda Starr‘ (1989) is one I’m going to buy. She made that one in 1988 when she was only 23, you would have swore she was in her thirties if you didn’t know better! (Corrections on the Brenda Starr timeline below.)

But like I said earlier, Brooke caused a lot of squirming for society. People don’t like to look at themselves. She made ‘The Blue Lagoon‘ (1979), 13 years old and naked when she made that one. ‘Wanda Nevada‘ (1979), that was a creepy little film once again. Hollywood couldn’t get enough of young Brooke. Bob Hope specials, Calvin Klein ads, “Nothing comes between me and my Calvin’s”. A few years ago I saw her in a very funny commercial (I don’t remember the product but she was funnier that hell), and one thought came to mind. She came off as completely sane. Normal. Balanced. Self-deprecating. Didn’t take herself too seriously.

I remember thinking at the time, I’m glad for her. Despite adults using her her whole life, she used them back. She kept it in context. Realized it was pretend. I hope I get to read her book, ‘There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me‘ (in fact I ordered it just now). Like I said earlier, I really like the lead off photo. Its a “bridge” photo. That period between childhood and adulthood. That just happened to be a little more turbulent than for most kids. Glad she survived.


Next favorite.

1970: American child film actress, Brooke Shields. (Photo by Alan Band/Keystone/Getty Images)


My favorite.

I thought these photos represented a wide range of looks for Brooke. What’s funny is I really like her candid’s. The ‘blue jeans and sweater’ Brooke more than the glamour puss Brooke. Its hard to imagine someone being photographed more than her. She was a big deal 40 years ago. A very big deal. I just saw the movie ‘Brenda Starr‘ a few years ago. It has an absolutely tawdry past! You can see for yourself at the link I provided. It really reminded me of the problems Tom Laughlin had making and releasing the original ‘Billy Jack‘ movie. Tough guy Laughlin found out what it was like to buck the “mob”. Hollywood is run by a mafia, not Italian, Jewish. You can’t say that of course, it would be denied all day long. But it ekes out once in awhile. Like when John Travolta said “Hollywood is run for the benefit of homosexual Jewish men” (And for a few straight ones like Harvey Weinstein, notice how he never spent a day in jail?). Marlon Brando said something similar once. He and Travolta were big enough they could get away with it. Others who blurted out the truth were never heard from again. But as I say, the story of Brenda Starr, filmed in ’86 and not released in the U.S. until ’92 is a fascinating one. Both that one and Billy Jack tried to go outside the studio system. They found out what happens if you don’t give the ‘mob’ their cut. But as I mentioned above, Brenda Starr was so good I was going to buy it. That’s when I found out the legal hell it was in. There is 1 copy of it on Amazon for $716.04. That’s when I knew something was up.

[Finishing up this post I realized just how long and deep Hollywood’s pedophilia roots run. Tatum O’Neal, Linda Blair, Drew Barrymore, Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Macaulay Culkin, Brooke Shields and a gazillion others I don’t begin to know about! Reading her book ‘There Was a Little Girl’ has been fascinating. I’m just halfway through. It sounds like she “divorces” her mother at some point. Brooke’s life was forever scarred by her drunk of a Mom. The entertainment industry was actually a stabilizing force, if that gives you an idea about how bad her mother was. But in relation to pedophilia, Brooke seems to have escaped any “me too” lecherous moments. The other thought so far, is how would things have been if she’d had a ‘normal’ mother? In a nurturing relationship?]

10 Most Beautiful Women of the 80s

The hair! There were way too many women to have combined them like I did earlier into 1 group, the 70s AND 80s. So I split them up. Besides, the feel of the decades were so different. The first 4 years of the 70s (70, 71, 72 & 73) in my mind are linked to the 60s. The post-Watergate years of the 70s were their own and in no way part of the 80s. The 80s struck me as a very superficial decade. Big hair, shoulder pads, spandex, glitter, teen movies. Glitz. MTV was okay back then, they actually played music. I remember the media hated Ronald Reagan. Larry Bird and Magic Johnson were living basketball legends in the 80s. The movies? Very macho, looking back on them. Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger. That generations “Brat Pack” with Molly Ringwald and crew (Good golly, Miss Molly is 51!).

The women here are a fascinating mixture. I’d love to know if there was a book on this group? These aren’t the ‘Oscar Winners’ of Hollywood for the most part. These are the women that looked good in bikinis. Jeans. Tight sweaters. Short dresses. Leotards and tights. These are the women that men dream of. They may not have been tough as leather when they got to Hollywood, but they were by the time they left. They quickly found out Hollywood was going to use them, so they turned the tables and used Hollywood. I have nothing but respect for these women. Ladies if you prefer. The words in the title of this post, “Most Beautiful”, are interchangeable with “Most Sexy”. They knew the game, and they survived it.

They knew what their bargaining chip was for the big screen (or small), and the limited time they had to “get theirs”. Most of them seemed to have retained their humanity, kept themselves sane and are just really topnotch people. In fact as I scroll down through the pictures below, I see only one that might be a barracuda. The rest just seem like really fine people.  Virtually everyone of them at their peak ruled the “bombshell” roost. Their popularity for a year, maybe 2 was phenomenal! The posters, the magazine covers, the adulation, they each must have had a very wild ride at one time! They were huge. 

Like I said earlier, a book needs to be done on this bunch, “Queens of the Tabloids!” or some such. With nothing but utmost respect intended. The women who won Oscars in the 80s were women like Sally Field, Sissy Spacek, Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Jodie Foster. Fine people no doubt, but not the type that make men’s hearts pound. Its hard to explain but men know what I mean. I’ve done a separate post on Meredith Dawn Salenger,  I intend to do separate ones for Brooke Shields, Lydia Cornell and Heather Thomas. I’d really love to dig deeper. To get beyond the façade. And for a good many of these photos I sincerely apologize, they don’t begin to do justice to them.

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Meredith Dawn Salenger


Jennifer Beals


Brooke Shields (There’s a gazillion good shots of her, this one is nice.)


Nia Peeples (I finally found one of her that is worthy!)


Lisa Bonet


Tanya Roberts (To not capture that red hair and blue eyes is a sin.)


Linda Blair (animal rights activist/actress)


Justine Bateman


Valerie Bertinelli


Markie Post


Brigitte Nielsen


Rachel Ward


Lydia Cornell


Molly Ringwald


Joan Jett


Michelle Pfeiffer


Kathleen Beller


Marisa Tomei

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Linda Purl


Heather Locklear


Heather Thomas


80s goddess Heather Thomas, not much you can say about that. She comes across as nice, pretty, nothing better than that.

[The photos I used really are a mish mash of photographic failure. 4 of the most epic failures were the ones I was forced to use for Linda Purl, Linda Blair, Meredith Salenger and Lisa Bonet. The one of Valerie Bertinelli  really suffered from being scanned into digital. Tanya Roberts I couldn’t get a decent color shot that wasn’t a bikini pic. Such is life. Digital didn’t begin to appear until the nineties. Getty Images buys up the really topnotch ones. The good news is this 80s list is so much more complete than my ridiculous earlier attempt. 21 by the way, not 10. Imagine a big primal scream of ‘Nooooooooo!’ That’s what I felt like when I was going through photos and I’d see a current photo of one of my dream girls and she had undergone the plastic surgery knife. I hate that! Its like women who get boob jobs, you’re beautiful as you are! I realize a woman hits 50, 55, 60, that’s okay. We’d much rather see the natural you, not the stretched, unnatural and sometimes unrecognizable you. The big surprise for me (who started out the decade a young and dumb 21), was Heather Thomas! I knew of her at the time of course, she was everywhere. But little did I even begin to appreciate what an amazing beauty she was. Simply amazing.]

The incredible journey of Meredith Dawn Salenger

Meredith Salenger, now that’s a woman. I remember watching ‘The Journey of Natty Gann‘ as a kid, and I’m thinking she is going to be one beautiful woman. She was 15 at the time. And that is exactly what happened. Then looking at her IMDB resume, I see a couple of TV movies, some other movies, The Kiss, Dream a Little Dream, then it gets weird. I see some voice over work, some more made for TV movies (a secondary role in Lake Placid for God’s sake!), some indies, some straight to video… I don’t get it? She has the Russian Jewish pedigree made for Hollywood. She has the Harvard degree. She’s beautiful as all get out. Yet she never seemed to have the showbiz career I would have predicted in ’85. Strange. What do I know? The history of Hollywood is littered with head scratchers. She’s on Twitter and possibly Facebook. She even did a strange/fun little WordPress blog interview with a fan/nut here. Very strange. Some of the pictures are kind of iffy. I picked the best ones I saw. (I suppose a lot of them suffered in the conversion from analog to digital, such was that era. In no way am I dissing on her. Its the over exposure and lack of focus on some.)

In the very strange interview at the link above, Meredith Dawn mentions she had no idea the ill effects that going to Harvard for 4 years would have on her career. She said no one in her family was “in the business”, to guide her. It makes you wonder what her manager was thinking? She thought she’d be able to go to college, and have her career take up just where it had left off. She’d graduate and the offers would just come rolling in. 4 years is a long time in the entertainment industry (I don’t think the Spice Girls were together 4 years). I just noticed something from looking at her photos. She’s not the ‘big toothy grin’ type of bombshell, much more laidback. She definitely  did not fit Hollywood’s stereotype of the Heather Thomas/Heather Locklear/Judy Landers beauty queen. Meredith Dawn couldn’t turn her brain off and be the mindless social butterfly. The others were just as smart, they were just able to flip a switch. So anyway, I’d go back and read that interview of her on WordPress, its quirky, but it offers some honest insight into her personality. Which is nice.

Blue Skies

(Willie Nelson’s Stardust album, which I discovered once again 40 years late, highlights in rather dramatic fashion, the deplorable state of today’s music industry.) From Wikipedia:

“Stardust is the twenty-second studio album by Willie Nelson, released in 1978. Its ten songs consist entirely of pop standards that Nelson picked from among his favorites. Nelson asked Booker T. Jones, who was his neighbor in Malibu at the time, to arrange a version of “Moonlight in Vermont”. Impressed with Jones’s work, Nelson asked him to produce the entire album. Nelson’s decision to record such well-known tracks was controversial among Columbia executives because he had distinguished himself in the outlaw country genre. Recording of the album took only ten days.

Released in April, Stardust was met with high sales and near-universal positive reviews. It peaked at number one in Billboard’s Top Country Albums. The singles “Blue Skies” and “All of Me” peaked respectively at numbers one and three in Billboard’s Hot Country Singles. In 1979, Nelson won a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for the song “Georgia on My Mind”. Stardust was on the Billboard’s Country Album charts for ten years—from its release until 1988.

In 1984, when it was certified triple platinum, Nelson was the highest-grossing concert act in the United States. By 1977, Nelson had decided to record a collection of American pop standards. During that time, Nelson was living in the same neighborhood in Malibu as producer Booker T. Jones. The two became friends, and Nelson asked Jones to arrange “Moonlight in Vermont”. Pleased by the results, Nelson later asked Jones to produce an entire standards album for him. Nelson selected his ten favorite pop songs from his childhood, starting with “Stardust”. Nelson and his sister Bobbie had sheet music for the song that he had tried to perform with his guitar, but did not like that arrangement. Jones adapted the song for Nelson, who also picked for the album “Georgia on My Mind”, “Blue Skies”, “All of Me”, “Unchained Melody”, “September Song”, “On the Sunny Side of the Street”, “Moonlight in Vermont”, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” and “Someone to Watch Over Me”.

The executives of Columbia Records were not convinced that the album would sell well, because the project was a radical departure from his earlier success in the outlaw movement. The album included pop, jazz and folk music styles, in addition to country. It was recorded from December 3–12, 1977.” (Not bad for an album Columbia executives didn’t want to make.)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir


Dance at Bougival

Or ‘Frenchy’ as his friends called him. I like him because he could do people. So many “painters” today just do boring old landscapes devoid of life, like that dead guy on PBS. Its hard for a painting to tell a story without people or animals. The other thing I liked about Renoir was he often used red to set off his main subject. I like red. The other thing he did was introduce me to someone he studied, Titian (Tiziano Vecelli or Vecellio. That guy was a painter too, I tell you what). I read Renoir was a soldier in a war with Germany in 1870 along with his friend Frédéric Bazille. A very important war, I’m sure. You remember what it was about don’t you? Why those young men died? Well Renoir survived. Bazille didn’t. Almost makes you wonder what never got painted by the young Bazille. What might he have painted if he had lived another 40 years?

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Is it better? Or worse?

Sometimes I don’t think people see too clearly. That’s not good when certain major aspects of a society have gone off the rails for several generations now. Corporate America has had things tilted in their favor so long no one sees how out of kilter they are. Drug prices are 10 – 50 times what they are in Mexico because our big pharma lobbyists (the single largest lobbying concern) have paid Congress to make it that way. Years ago I did a post based on an USA Today article from 2013 showing how roughly 546 people in the world owned 50% of the wealth.

That figure has now shrunk to the 8 richest people. That’s nuts. I’m not arguing against a free market, I’m arguing for one. I don’t think we have a free market, I think we have a slave market. I’m suggesting government and business have colluded to put labor at a severe disadvantage. I’m suggesting the working man has the deck stacked against him. I mean for God’s sake, that’s why K Street exists, to buy an advantage. They don’t give billions each year to Congress because they like them, they expect something. A bang for their buck.

In 1955 the median income for the typical worker was around $4,418. Forbes says the typical CEO made 20 times what the worker did in 1955. I’ve also seen 30:1 thrown out a few times as a common ratio in the 1950s, but 20:1 seems the majority of opinion. Using that ratio (20:1) and rounding up the worker salary to $5,000, that puts the average CEO in the 1950s making $100,000. Using an inflation calculator, that puts a typical annual salary today at $47,425. CEO pay adjusted for inflation would be $948,514.

While $47K is a typical good salary today, $950K is not even close to what a CEO makes. $12.1 – $14.3 million is a common quoted figure for CEO salary. CNBC has it at $15.5 million a year. That doesn’t begin to cover all the angles. That’s where a more accurate “compensation package” figure comes in. One that includes retirement, life insurance, stock options, incentives and a host of other items. These same sites all seem to agree 300 times is what a CEO now makes compared to the line worker. 300 x. In the 1950s it was 20 x.

There are a couple of other factors that further prove the point. In the 1950s corporation paid dividends to shareholders. Historically this was 4% to 6%. Companies don’t pay dividends for the most part nowadays. The few that do think they’re doing us a big favor with 1.5% to 2%. The average for the ones who do on the S&P 500 being 1.5%. People are being played for fools. Its not a Left/Right thing, its both.

My main beef with people is they have been swallowing the ‘company’ line for so long they believe the crap they’re being told. Perhaps the best figure I’ve come up with is the one for the rarified atmosphere of the top CEOs, $300,000,000. That 1 salary split up would  take 60,000,000 minimum wage workers from $7.25 an hour to $12.25. Taking them from a minimum wage to a living wage. 1 man.