I was struck by this quote in an article in USA Today:
In the NDP, Gamal Mubarak surrounded himself with mega-rich businessmen who sought political careers to promote their business interests. Between them, they introduced far-reaching economic reforms that benefited the businessmen. But any prosperity Egypt ever enjoyed never trickled to the impoverished majority.
Several of those businessmen are now in prison and subject to criminal investigations as the ruling military pushes ahead with a campaign to cleanse the country from the corruption of the ousted regime.
Here in the USA, the super-rich are still milking the rest of us to death. And the Republicans are still preaching the benefits of "trickle-down economics." But "trickle-down" has never worked, anywhere. Not in Egypt and not here in the USA. Any time we've freed the wealthy from their tax burdens, it has only increased the "trickle-up" into the asset portfolios of the wealthy from all of the rest of us mere consumers.
As others have pointed out, there hasn't been a single prosecution of a Wall Street banker for the Great Crash of 2008. And the political corruption that is building after the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court is becoming more obvious every day (see, for example, Wisconsin).
Unfortunately, the Democrats seem to also be rolling in the dough of campaign contributions from the wealthy, so neither political party has any real incentive to do anything to fix this mess we are in. Do we need our own "people's revolution" here in the USA to get us out from under the thumbs of the mega-rich?