Then and Now
In the late 40s, I was about the age of Jack, my grandson. I loved listening to music on the radio. The first song that I would sing to anyone who would listen was the reframe was from Ghost Riders in the Sky. Even without my efforts, it became the most recorded western song of all time.
The song writer, Stan Jones, wrote about a story told to him by a cowboy when Jones was around twelve. The story took place in Crosby County, Texas at a place called Stampede Mesa.
According to the cowboy's story, a trail boss drove his herd to Kansas to be shipped to slaughter houses to be processed. This story took place in 1889. While the trail boss and his cowboys were ready to rest one evening, they noticed some rustlers stealing some of their cattle. After confronting some of the rustlers, the herd began a stampede. According to one of the trail boss' cowboys, he saw a rustler driving the cattle in a stampede, which resulted in some of the cattle drivers' death along with some of the heard. Interestingly, Ghost Riders in the Sky is still as relevant today as it was over a century ago.
Back years ago, stealing involved stealing cattle. Today, it involves the rich stealing from the poor. Approximately 0.1% of Americans make more than over 99% of the rest of our population.
Another way of looking at the gap or rather vast chasm is income growth since 1979.
Aside from the raw data, an additional component is that women and minorities suffer at a disproportionate rate than the average white male.
Therefore, the song that I tried to sing when I was young is still out there.
Today's wealthy cowboys need to change their ways for their benefit and for the rest of America.
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