Maxim: Billionaires make the economy tick . . . like Lyme Disease
Effect: Funny, double meaning of tick, turn of a phrase.
Purpose: Meant to counter the belief that billionaires are a benefit to the economy. Debunks trickle down. Brings attention to the parasitic nature of billionaires.
Substitutions: For “Republicans,'” may substitute “Libertarians'” or “Conservatives.'”
Explained: Thomas Picketty has stated that billionaires are economically useless. In actuality, they are worse than useless. The cost to society of allowing a billionaire class is the loss of opportunity for many talented young people, medical bankruptcies, under-funded public institutions, rampant homelessness.