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Old October 16th, 2010, 12:32 PM   #1
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The rich versus the rest of us

Apparently, you and I owe an apology to the extravagantly-rich in our society. They're reported to be in a deep pout and a political funk because We the People have hurt their feelings.

This stems from the public's simmering anger over the fact that the Wall Street barons who crashed our economy are back to paying themselves multimillion-dollar bonuses, while the corporate CEOs who keep downsizing and offshoring our middle class opportunities are grabbing bigger paychecks than ever for themselves. The wealthy swells are upset by our anger and feel picked on by us riff-raff they don't like being blamed for our economic distress, even though they are to blame, and they certainly don't like the rising populist fervor for more economic fairness in our country. So they're mad at us for being mad at them, claiming that they are victims of our "wealth envy."

I'm sure you feel as badly as I do about this, so you'll be glad to know that those living in luxury seem to have found a way to soothe their bad mood: they've gone shopping! Yes, while workaday Americans are scrambling just to cover the rent and buy groceries, the well-heeled are reported to be splurging again, indulging their consumer whims with such pricey pretties as exotic automobiles.

One analyst of trends in the luxury car market concedes that sales of Bentleys, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, and other ultra-priced autos had been down the past couple of years. He explained that, "It didn't feel right buying a $300,000 Rolls-Royce when people were being foreclosed out of their homes." But this year, the elites are saying, "To hell with what the public thinks, I'm gonna get me a new Ferrari 458 Italia, the people be damned!"

How nice for them. But I don't think their conspicuous consumption is going to make anyone feel better about their greed nor will it quell the public's rising populist fervor.

Jim Hightower | THE RICH VERSUS THE REST OF US





"Wealthy step up purchases of ultra-luxury cars," www.azcentral.com, September 16, 2010.

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Old October 16th, 2010, 01:01 PM   #2
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U.S. September home foreclosures top 100,000 for 1st time - Yahoo! News



Sad, this is.



Just think that if your home was foreclosed and you go by a Mercedes (or Ferrari) dealership and see people buying a Mercedes, does it not tear your heart out that (1) can't afford this and (2) you lost your home?



Try going up to a Mercedes buyer and ask him/her for money to help with your mortgage payment.
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Old October 16th, 2010, 01:27 PM   #3
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I'm sorry it didn't jerk a tear from my eyes. Why do people envy rich and have so much time on their hands to do so. If you want to be rich then focus on getting rich and stop bitching. Would you like to live in a world designed like a New Jersey subdivision where every fifth house is the same and as you meet your neighbors you don't have to ask where the bathroom is? The liberal mindset is to hate, and I mean hate rich people while many of their hero's are actually rich.



Wall Street bonuses are none of anyones business outside of the owners of the business including the stockholders and the employees working there. Stop whining and get a life...want a job on Wall Street then qualify for it and get yours.



If your house is being foreclosed it should stand as ample reason why the other guy is buying an expensive car and your ass is on the street...you cannot manage your own money so sure as hell you shouldn't be managing money on Wall Street.
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U.S. September home foreclosures top 100,000 for 1st time - Yahoo! News



Sad, this is.



Just think that if your home was foreclosed and you go by a Mercedes (or Ferrari) dealership and see people buying a Mercedes, does it not tear your heart out that (1) can't afford this and (2) you lost your home?



Try going up to a Mercedes buyer and ask him/her for money to help with your mortgage payment.


Typical liberal nonsense. "I can't afford my house, ergo the rich should pay for it." What the hell is wrong with you. You think the government should distribute wealth because you feel "heart torn". Too bad pussy.
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Old December 9th, 2010, 12:13 PM   #5
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Have both emsp and Zack ever asked themselves why the U.S. has the largest gap between the rich and poor than in any developed country? NO. If I would to take all of both emsp and Zacks money, would they be saying to themselves 'I WILL NOT ENVY FAYT FOR BEING SO RICH AFTER TAKING ALL OF MY MONEY'? NO. Would that make them selfish hypocrites YES.
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Going back the OP, I didn't know all of "the rich", became rich working on Wall Street. We've gone from hating "the rich", to stereotyping all "rich" people. Damn.



It's a shame we are having record numbers of foreclosures, but I guess that's to be expected when we just had record numbers of people using their homes as piggy banks and record numbers of sub-prime loans.
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Going back the OP, I didn't know all of "the rich", became rich working on Wall Street. We've gone from hating "the rich", to stereotyping all "rich" people. Damn.



It's a shame we are having record numbers of foreclosures, but I guess that's to be expected when we just had record numbers of people using their homes as piggy banks and record numbers of sub-prime loans.


And record numbers of responsible people who could comfortably afford their homes until they lost their jobs and couldn't find new ones.
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And record numbers of responsible people who could comfortably afford their homes until they lost their jobs and couldn't find new ones.
That's not necessarily the fault of "the rich" either.
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Have both emsp and Zack ever asked themselves why the U.S. has the largest gap between the rich and poor than in any developed country? NO. If I would to take all of both emsp and Zacks money, would they be saying to themselves 'I WILL NOT ENVY FAYT FOR BEING SO RICH AFTER TAKING ALL OF MY MONEY'? NO. Would that make them selfish hypocrites YES.
Why and how do you think the rich people made the poor people poor?
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