Paean to Income Inequality?

This song, The Trees, by 1970s-era progressive rock band Rush describes a dispute between maples and oaks in an imaginary forest.  The maples resent the oaks for being taller, because, in the maples’ opinion, the oaks are hogging all the light.  The oaks don’t understand that point of view, because they’re only doing what comes naturally. The song ends thusly:

… So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights
‘The oaks are just too greedy
We will make them give us light’
Now there’s no more oak oppression
For they passed a noble law
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet, axe and saw.

Whether or not this song is a paean to what Obama would call income inequality or, in other words, the right of the individual to enjoy the fruits of his own effort, is a matter of dispute. The lyricist, a self-described left-wing libertarian, viewed his song as little more than a metaphor for human behavior. This and other Rush songs were interpreted as being “anti-left-wing”, so some analysts went so far as to accuse the group of being fascists.

Read the full lyrics, and decide for yourself.  As art, of course, the song sings to everyone differently.  What’s interesting, however, is that a song many enjoyed decades ago seems so relevant today.

Do we or do we not want to live in the kind of world where “equality” is enforced by “hatchet, axe and saw?”

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Or, more aptly, by

pen and phone?

85 responses to “Paean to Income Inequality?

  1. Ironically, trees that are smaller in stature survive and thrive under the bigger trees. The maples just want to somebody they are not. Short man complex. Under the shade of the taller trees, in a forest of all sizes and shapes, the shorter trees still PRODUCE. Sheer greed for what the other is combined with self-loathing which eventually leads to defining those different than one’s self as the enemy, deserving to be eliminated. Thus the maples get to be the big guys of the forest now, blistering in the sunlight without the Oaks’ shade and not producing because the without the Oak roots to manage water supply, it drains off faster than they can drink it. The Maple got their equality but are miserable and starving instead of just less rich than the Oaks.


    More from Vuoto on Fuddy. She’s giving a paean to Fuddy. Says she had deep faith and mentions her Roman Catholic faith. Vuoto says that as a journalist she did a “character study” and concluded that Fuddy’s character doesn’t go with being Director of Health. (Iow, she didn’t have the qualifications.) I say, as a Catholic, her “faith” doesn’t go with being an acolyte of Subud. That’s MORE telling, imho. btw, Vuoto is highly credentialed. It’s funny how many respectable people (like us, too) are crazy “right wing” conspiracy theorists. 🙂 I wonder what faith Vuoto follows? Vuoto rehashes a lot of what was on the other program–about the people escaping death three times, except for poor Fuddy. This audio is 2 hours long.

    • Jeff Kuhner is her husband:

      In 2007, Insight on the News attracted much controversy over an article that used anonymous sources to claim that the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton planned to accuse rival Barack Obama of attending a madrasa.

      Insight’s story focused on Obama’s character as contrasted with Hillary Clinton. Kuhner wrote: “Indeed, Barack Obama has exceptional qualities and deserves kudos for his achievement. He is genteel, articulate, poised and charming. He is a Harvard-educated lawyer, yet he remains accessible to the common man. He has been married since 1992, has two lovely daughters and is by all accounts a devoted family man. He is a pious Christian and a member of the United Church of Christ.” Five years later, however, Kuhner’s assessment of Obama was very different. He wrote in the Washington Times: “President Obama’s re-election was more than a victory for liberalism. It represented America’s collective suicide — a national push into a fiscal, cultural and moral abyss. We are sliding toward Greece.”

      In May 2012, Kuhner wrote: “The center of world fascism is no longer Berlin, but Tehran. Iran’s theocratic regime not only denies the Holocaust, it seeks to complete Hitler’s Final Solution: the annihilation of the Jewish people and the Jewish state, Israel. This is why it is desperate to attain the bomb.””

      • Grace’s mother was from Italy and a Roman Catholic. One HAS TO WONDER if she even knows about Subud? I’m still listening; if I learn more, I’ll update this comment.

        Ok. She says that there’s an effort at disinformation so you have to be careful reporting on stuff. She’s not sure if the Subud stuff is disinformation. She says the info was on Subud’s website.

        But (I ask) are the older stories, including the one from the Honolulu Advertiser, also planted? Years before she was made director of health? They used her name at her church–Deliana. She says reporters have to be careful not to bite on bogus disinformation (like the potentially fake story about the million dollar house in Florida).

        They don’t know where ANTONE comes from. They don’t know it’s her mother’s maiden name? These people talk without doing research?

        They say they might ask Lewis Fuddy what he might contribute to this issue.

    • She knows nothing about how Puentes could possibly have taken selfies or why he would have his camera on a stick, but she sees NO REASON to doubt his version of events.

      Vuoto says an official in Hawaii is STILL trying to get information about why Palafox was dropped as the candidate and then Fuddy was inserted in his job.

      She cites a former article where she interviewed Zullo:

      “During our interview, Lt. Zullo narrated his encounter in Hawaii on May 21, 2012 with Deputy Attorney General Jill Nagamine, who after repeated questions, failed to confirm the document released by the president is the same as any that might exist in their records.

      “If you make a copy of your driver’s license and alter it, is it still a copy?” asked Lt. Zullo. She did not directly answer the question, and instead replied: “But you still have a driver’s license.” She agreed to confirm only specific items on a list, not that the document the White House produced is identical to any in the Hawaii archives. This incident “sent all the alarm bells ringing,” said Lt. Zullo.

      “If an official document is altered in any way, it must be stated that it is an amended version,” said Lt. Zullo. “Failure to do so is a crime.””

      Vuoto points out that both Fuddy and Yamamoto would have been called as witnesses. She mentions that people who have given affidavits to Zullo (like Reed Hayes) have done so under penalty of perjury. She says the truth can’t be stopped and “there’s a momentum brewing now.” I hope so. She says a “character study” of Obama shows that he is a “documented” liar. Huge lies. We KNOW “he lies about big things” and that “he has no regard for the Constitution of the United States.” She says leftists believe that you can lie and it’s virtuous, so long as it advances the cause.

      True. A description of Islamic taqiyya, too, isn’t it?

      Vuoto NEVER heard the clip of Barry claiming that the march in Selma led to his conception. That happened, btw, in 1965. Sure, it’s another inconsistency, but what’s amazing to me is that a woman, a journalist and reporter and conservative skeptic, was UNAWARE of this clip. I’m telling you guys, any one of us would be able to tell them SO MUCH MORE about this guy and his bogus biography.

      Vuoto defends Barry’s fake accent in pretending to be a brotha from the south, by saying it’s common for politicians to do that. She says we need “hard evidence” to figure out what’s true about him. Well, DUH. Have we NOT been asking for this hard evidence for years?

      She says when Barry as elected in 2008, she felt it was a huge accomplishment for the country and that she took pride in it, although she voted for McCain. She says she understood how much Barry’s presidency meant to blacks (having taught at Harvard and taught African-Americans). Well, if he turns out to NOT be “African” at all, what will it mean to them then? She says this about being proud of Barry’s election to clarify that she’s not “one of those people” who are trying to “getcha” (meaning Barry).

      • She says she couldn’t sleep for several nights when she realized that what happened to Fuddy doesn’t make sense and she is astounded that everything going on under Barry is happening here, in the USA. It can’t happen here, she says, was her reaction and the reaction of others. Well, Grace, welcome to the club. We’ve been insomniacs for over 5 years now.

        She says the “pseudoconservatives” (other commenter’s word) in the media are being told by their producers or corporate NOT to touch certain topics, “for fear of being completely discredited.” Stories get squashed. She says even in “conservative media” there are people who aren’t necessarily conservative. Liberals are everywhere. The liberal higher-ups deliberately try to “muzzle conservatives.” Some are just concerned about ratings. She’s not a fan of Limbaugh, she says. There’s also an audience backlash when certain topics are mentioned, and that cows the media. A “large swatch” of the public has been convinced that this is “quackery”.

        One of the hosts on this show with Grace once asked a big conservative celeb why he won’t touch this topic and he got a response saying that making as much money as he does, he’s not about to rock the boat (in so many words. He deleted the response, he says, so can’t prove it. He won’t name the person on the record.)

        She mentions this article where she asked why Barry let Lakin go to prison and then later on released his birth certificate.

        • Well, Grace, welcome to the club. We’ve been insomniacs for over 5 years now.


          I will never forget the Lakin Trial. 3 years past. Gates was informed.

  3. BLACK AMERICA… STOP the INSANITY… ~ Lloyd Marcus….
    Mo CHEESe’ & lovin’ that “COOL-AID” ~ Blacks USE IT ~ as they are
    being USED ~ It feels like it’s working.. butt’ what do they & OTHERS….
    REALLY care 2 know? stay low – stay slow just getting by? is enough?
    what’s should blacks do? ~ WAKE UP ~ STAND UP ~ SELF RESPECT ?

  4. # 4 Dinish D’Souza vs Jon Corzine who STOLE $1.6 BILLION ..O

    • How sadly true. And Clapper perjured himself, too, so … There is no law anymore. There is no justice anymore. Will there ever be again in the United States of America? Maybe we do need an exit plan. Like maybe … where the hell could we go? China? Russia?

    • you know, I’ll never ever get over that one.

      Jon Corzine. NJ

      • Rosemary Woodhouse

        We all know it’s been a coup. We all know that they were (to quote Van Jones) “….willing to forgo the cheap satisfaction of the radical pose for the deep satisfaction of radical ends” . We all know many, if not most, Republicans are complicit, or….minimally…..compromised. And I believe we all know we are WELL past the tipping point.

        I mean hey, Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor are now pro amnesty. Fricken’ Pod People. It IS time to play Taps. It IS time for Michelle to sing. I see no exit, do you? And I repeat, I believe we all know we are WELL past the tipping point.

        If Reagan was right and this is “the last best hope of man on Earth”, then all we have left is prayer because I see no action from anyone remotely resembling John Wayne, do you? In disgust I write he, too, was merely an actor. Maybe we desperately wanted to believe we were a nation of “Marlboro Men” but in reality we’ve always been a nation of spineless, feckless, cowardly wimps! it was always the expendable middle class boys who were shipped off to die in battle. You know……for the greater good 🙄 Even NRA loving “out of my cold dead hands” Charlton Heston was filmed and mocked by the left in his final days of dementia.

        I could write more, but there is only so much sermonizing one can do. Especially when one is preaching to the choir.

        Reality bites.. Somebody smack me and tell me to “snap out of it” before I weep. (Oh, and that line was spoken on screen by a moronic leftist actress, Cher….God help me)

        • Cloward-Piven, Alinsky, Phil Donahue, Marlo Thomas, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda, Bella Azbug, Geraldine Ford, Hillary Clinton, Turd Kennedy, the CBC – how dare they have a CBC!, and I could go on and on and on.

          fracture, overload, control

          • Rosemary Woodhouse

            And we continue to donate to St. Jude’s because it’s “for the children.”

            They have fractured (well before Obama) overloaded (in progress since GW, maybe as far back as Johnson, come to think of it) and are in full control mode.

            I am sorry you lost family members over this, my friend. I have argued with many friends over this. I have also observed many maintaining friendships with those who have opposite beliefs which I TRY, but is difficult for me to do. The difference, I believe, is we have all been so invested in this since ’07 and knew where this would lead. To them, he’s just another inept president.

            • Ditto. If not lost, then I’m muzzled in order to preserve the “peace”. Those who are blind are sometimes those who refuse to see. Then there are those who just don’t pay attention enough. Then, I think, there are those who are gifted to be able to really SEE. I read an article about this somewhere, recently. Maybe it was Dr. Eowyn, because it seems like her; but maybe someone else. This person said that those who LOVE TRUTH are those who are able to DISCERN truth (or at least recognize falsity). That truth rang true to me because some things I have always loved are learning and TRUTH and some things I despise and always have: liars, falsehood, and deliberate deception.

        • I lost my family over this charade.

          tissue, paper towel. dish cloth, please.

        • I can’t decide whether the spin is that Ryan and Cantor are for amnesty (when they’re not), to rile up the base, hoping we’re too stupid to understand the nuances of their proposed legislation so we don’t vote, or whether they truly are caving. Are they playing rope a dope? I would LIKE to think so butt …

          RW, snap of it! 😉 We love you. We SHALL overcome. SOMEDAY. Deep in my heart, I DO believe.

          • Rosemary Woodhouse

            Thanks sweetie. I love you too and hope you’re right. But about Ryan and Cantor, while I pray you are right I believe they are all in (compromised). Here’s to my being wrong!

            • I don’t know what to believe. Sometimes I HOPE that they’re only triangulating. Like Clinton did. Pretending so they get through 2014 and take the Senate. What I read on their 1-page memo sounds as if they are rightfully skeptical of Barry. They know or suspect that he won’t enforce any law, so they’re trying hard to outfox him by writing a law that he WILL enforce but only because he must. They’re trying to make a stick while holding out a carrot that they may or may not ever hand over. They do sound AS IF they’re going to demand that ENFORCEMENT MUST HAPPEN before anybody even gets any legal status and there are a lot of hoops the “immigrants” have to jump through before they even get on the start of any path to citizenship. Unfortunately, it’s probably true that politically they cannot deport these people. They definitely COULD make it so that they self-deport, by denying them jobs. NOBODY, from what I can read, will be able to get legal status if they’re on ANY public benefits. The proof is in the pudding, though. Are they smart enough to write the bill to make it bulletproof? I think not. Are they pretending or caving? I don’t know and can’t decide. If they are pretending, then who are they trying to fool? The progressives or US?

        • Here’re their standards for immigration reform: I haven’t read it yet.

          • imho, NOBODY who broke into the USA should EVER get citizenship. I agree with Limbaugh–they should never vote.

          • Immigration Reform is impossible. It doesn’t need to be reformed, just like the weather isn’t global warming and signing up with $10,000 in premiums and co-pays, deductibles. out of pocket expenses per annum is Healthcare… LIARS!!!!!!!!!!

            The Federal Government has one DUTY. To Protect Us. WTP, Americans, from foreign invasion. 14,000,000 troops and their algbraic subsets equates to an invasion.

            Section 1.

            Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.

            Section 2.

            The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.

            A Person charged in any State with Treason, Felony, or other Crime, who shall flee from Justice, and be found in another State, shall on Demand of the executive Authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having Jurisdiction of the Crime.

            No Person held to Service or Labour in one State, under the Laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in Consequence of any Law or Regulation therein, be discharged from such Service or Labour, but shall be delivered up on Claim of the Party to whom such Service or Labour may be due.

            Section 3.

            New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.

            The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.

            Section 4.

            The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.
            – See more at:

          • Section 4. Article IV

            Section 4.

            The United States SHALL GUARANTEE to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, AND SHALL PROTECT EACH OF THEM against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.

            SECTION 2. will come in handy, too. Especially, now, in the shadows they are trying to change the laws of punishment for TREASON.

            The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.

            A Person charged in any State with Treason, Felony, or other Crime, who shall flee from Justice, and be found in another State, shall on Demand of the executive Authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having Jurisdiction of the Crime.

            No Person held to Service or Labour in one State, under the Laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in Consequence of any Law or Regulation therein, be discharged from such Service or Labour, but shall be delivered up on Claim of the Party to whom such Service or Labour may be due.


            Refer Article III Section 3 Clause 2


  5. fox.. they for-got the COCOA.. as I forgot the ‘A’ thinking coco chanel

    all put a SAD smile on my face….as the above VIDEO…. knocks my
    SOCKS off … WTPOTUS…. have NOT hung in 4 NOTHING… WOW!!!

  6. speaking of forests and trees. check out this global underground.

  7. Never forget the TUCC mission: obliterate the middle class.

    They are deliberately creating income inequality and disparity. Robbing Taxpayers until there is no disposable income in any family anywhere. Then, it will all be equal.

    Marxism. in a neo sort of way. the new age Fascists. like he said, I’m a mongrel. megalomaniac and a little bit of every commie thing with a muslamic twist.

    SOTU Address. Not once were we thanked for the financial support we give the government, social security, medicare, unemployment via our wages week in and week out. Not once were we thanked for sacrificing our fair share, a couple of hours ever day donated to FICA.

    • deja vu… Continental USA 48 States.

      God Bless America and Thank You Sister Mary Clothilda, IHM, and good ole Saint Patrick. I miss my Parish. I miss America. McCarthyism. hmmm

    • In his warped mind, he does not believe that you deserve thanks. IT’S OWED TO THEM BY YOU. BY US. OWED. Reparations. Due. Now they’re working on, incrementally, stealing all our retirement cash:

      Barry’s MyRA’s:

      “… But unlike traditional Roth IRAs, the accounts will solely invest in government savings bonds. [Yay! Let’s pretend they’re war bonds!] They will also be backed by the U.S. government, [and what’s THAT worth?] meaning that savers can never lose their principal investment. [just like we will NEVER lose our money in the SS lockbox]

      Retirement advocates are cheering the new savings program as an important step. But no one thinks this alone will fix the fact that millions of Americans have little-to-no retirement savings. [Straw man. Create a problem to fix. There’s no problem that people have no retirement savings. The real problem is they NEED our money and they want to steal it.]

      Obama’s annual budget will again include a separate proposal to automatically enroll workers in IRA accounts, a long-touted plan which would require Congressional approval. [Opt out you little minions? You’d better not! If you do, you’re not patriotic.]

      “This is a start,” John said. “Without the actions of Congress, there is a limit on what can be done.”” [Next up–nationalizing ALL retirement savings, just like Podesta wants. With all those trillions, what’s a $17 trillion dollar debt?]

      Another take:

      Behind the scenes, groundwork has been laid for a federal government confiscation of your tax-deferred retirement accounts such as IRAs. They’ve been quietly working it through backroom committees since 2007. You see, Uncle Sam has a spending habit….and he’s got it bad. Now, he sees Americans with $19.4 trillion in retirement savings, and he’s generously offering to help them manage it. What could possibly go wrong? …

      Here’s the deal he’s offering: you give Sam your hard-earned retirement savings. Sam will invest your funds, and pay you a rate of return. Granted, the rate of return he’s promising doesn’t quite keep up with inflation. So you will be losing some money. But don’t dwell on that too much. And, rather than invest your funds in productive assets, Sam is going to blow it all on new cars and flat screen TVs. [Obama cars and Obama TVs?] So when it comes time to make interest payments, Sam won’t have any money left. …

      This is basically the offer that the President of the United States floated last night. And like an unctuously overgeled used car salesman, he actually pitched Americans on loaning their retirement savings to the US government with a straight face, guaranteeing “a decent return with no risk of losing what you put in. . .” …

      For a government as bankrupt as Uncle Sam is, $5 trillion is irresistible. They need that money. They need YOUR money. And this MyRA program is the critical first step to corralling your hard earned retirement funds.

      At our event here in Chile last year, Jim Rogers nailed this right on the head when he and Ron Paul told our audience that the government would try to take your retirement funds …”

      Video at the link. I’d like to know HOW do we ship our retirement savings overseas? I’d really love to have a suggestion. Did Jim Rogers also say that they will confiscate LAND?

  8. How does an American President come by having that guy Malik as a brother? How in the world is that possible? I guess that falls under foreign paternity is A OK.

    • Rosemary Woodhouse

      Because he posed as a black man. THAT was all that mattered in ’07.

    • Well, he either is or isn’t, which is neither here nor there because Barry claims him, invites him into OUR HOUSE, fetes him, favors him (as well as those scofflaw sister and brother–Zeituni and Omar), and so now he’s STUCK with him. Gee, the silence on this issue in the mainstream is deafening. Was it covered ANYWHERE, even on FOX News?

  9. Indicted Filmaker ….. just maybe that 1st film helped upset the cart for
    the second FILM….. I say BRING IT ON…. D D – I’m sure it will be more
    fuel….for the bomb fire ….. all is good at this point. all is good.

  10. Remember this, where it was reported days ago that VJ is threatening companies to hire the unemployed, even if they don’t need the employees, or else get the D’Souza treatment?

    Well, looks to be true, but the spin is that Barry is calling them to the WH to “ask” them to cooperate:

    “… President Barack Obama is asking major corporations for their help in putting the long-term unemployed back to work.

    CEOs from companies like Apple, Walmart, Visa and Boeing are heading to the White House on Friday to deliver commitments to do their part. More than 300 companies have signed on so far, the White House said. …”


    • Right. He uncovered the photo of Bapak. He says this doesn’t “go to” what Zullo found, which is far bigger than this. He does say that they didn’t find this Subud issue. (People must have laid into him for taking credit.) Oh, well.

      Gallups says Ann was in the cult. That’s NOT proved. He says Fuddy was in the cult “with her” and “this was years ago.” That’s not proved, either. We don’t know when Fuddy joined. (We here do know that many of the people Ann knew in Indonesia were in Subud, but we’ve found as yet no proof that Ann followed Subud.) This is just a rehash of his last audio.


        That audio rehashes that Zullo has “universe-shattering” information and Arpaio uses the same words. (I guess from the other audio, it must not mean that they know who Barry’s dad is, if Gallups says that Bapak might be the daddy.) He says this is so “huge” that the media can’t ignore it; he’s sure international media will cover it. The bc is only a small part and some of the results are on account of what obots said; what they said provided clues that led to information that’s what Zullo hopes to reveal in a news conference in March. I don’t know what to think. Gallups does say it’s a criminal matter. I’m telling you now: If it’s only obots who are implicated in the potential criminal matter, then Barry can still skate. He will simply pull out his implausible deniability and say he didn’t know. Gallups says the people will revolt (not like revolution, but more like in outrage) if the domestic media try to ignore it, so they will have to deal with it. We’ll see. I hope it’s really “UNIVERSE SHATTERING.”

    • Stupid conversation between the guys. The ears between the impersonator and Obie identical? Yes both look Indonesian, which eventually the talk got to that, but so much alike? Exact ears! The eyes! He could have been switched out with Obama and nobody would have known! Oh my! And it is their kinda of babble that makes normally observant people look like tinnies. Not impressed with attempt to get people on that identical bandwagon. Is birther report so desperate to have something new up regularity that they invest in promoting this broadcast as news?

  11. Yep….. He liked IT- ALL… ALL-DRUGS… will get you HIGHER!
    … I’m Gon’a
    take you HIGHER…… & the kid…”46″ left behind 3 KIDS also…SAD–philip-seymour-hoffman-found-dead-at-46-184225678.html

  12. ~ Robert 1 hour ago ~
    … All that talent and he died like skid row Joe …..
    ~ his father left at 9 another lost soul ? or selfish self-centered with
    3 kids under …11 years ? now they have no father … just like HIM

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