I wish I could tell you that the comic above is not true, but sadly, the first panel is completely true. It is an actual quote from a billionaire named, yes, Tom Perkins, from the last couple of days. While Republican are upset that someone dares to raise the minimum wage for those employees over whom he has certain legal rights, at least one conservative billionaire publically says that the effort to stop “trickle-up” economics is equivalent to the Nazi persecution of Jews.
If we follow his reasoning, this would mean that rich people are the true chosen people. This makes a certain kind of sense if one believes in a particular type of Calvinism, popular in America, which appears to say that outward riches and wealth, coupled with church-going and some charity-giving, are marks of God’s blessing and election. This particular version of Calvinism replaces justice, fair weights, good wages for your employees (see the Book of James, in particular) with some give-away money rather than with a structural employee remuneration scheme that would ensure a consistent pay scheme that would supply for those same employees.
In case you are wondering to what I refer with the last few words, think of the book A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. At the beginning of the book, Ebenezer Scrooge has trouble giving Bob Cratchitt even one day off, though he finally gives it grudgingly as something that is somewhat expected of him. By the end of the book, as he becomes a reformed (and truly Christian) individual, he has redone Bob Cratchitt’s remuneration scheme (wages and benefits), he provides medical benefits for his family (Tiny Tim), and he begins to give money to charity at a closer-to-Biblical rate of tithe and offerings. Tom Perkins, the billionaire mentioned in the first panel, is more like Ebenezer Scrooge before he converted.
Sadly, all too many American Christians do not understand the lessons found in A Christmas Carol. And so, all too many American Christians would not see the problem with what Tom Perkins said. For those Americans, I would recommend that you read a little more Apostle James, a little more Pope Francis, and a little more Charles Dickens. Lest you think I am mistaken about all too many American Christians, go to the Forbes website where they actually write an article supporting Tom Perkins and writing that he is correct to worry about this possibility and the possibility of the rich being persecuted and illegally arrested.