The Big Foxes Who Own You --
and Your Little Squirrels Too
Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines; for our vines have tender grapes.
-- The Song of Solomon
"The fox is generally a symbol of trickery,
and is thus representative of a narrow intelligence --
not to mention a squirrely ethics."
-- a former squirrel, retired
up and down
the country and the world around
B I G
E M P I R E S
a dedication of Respect
the Pain of millions of baby squirrels
enslaved for untold decades to come
by the one percent wealthy
a revolving helios pictorial free verse menippean satire on
the working class
august, 2022 -- Mommy Squirrel's walk-in closet of fancy shoes
yet to be paid off,
in a hundred years or so,
at an interest rate luxurious
. . .
The Optional Feetnotes
A September 2017 study by the Federal Reserve reported that the top 1 percent owned 38.5 percent of the country's wealth in 2016.
According to a June 2017 report by the Boston Consulting Group, around 70 percent of the nation's wealth will be in the hands of millionaires and billionaires by 2021.
As of 2021, Statista announced:
The top 10 percent held 69.8 percent of total U.S. net worth (which is the value of all assets a person holds minus all their liabilities). The top 1 percent held about half of that wealth – 32.1 percent, while the next 9 percent held approximately another half at 37.7 percent;
On average, the annual wage of the top 1 percent of earners is $737,697;
The top 1 percent accounted for 40 percent of the federal income taxes paid.