Hawkgrrl returns to grace us with her words.
This has been a crappy few years to be rich. There have been a few jerks who’ve really given wealth a bad name: Wall Streeters who traded in junk bonds, pyramid schemer Bernie Madoff, and “hot rabbit” and accused maid molester DSK. Many rich people are under water on their mortgage(s). Add to that a Democrat government that is unapologetically tone-deaf to rich people and their needs. As Jesus said, “The poor ye have always with you.” Meaning, it’s always going to suck to be poor, but being rich is supposed to be awesome, right? Yet, thanks to a few bad apples and a little global economic peril, rich people are vilified and reviled, mocked openly for their very riches. There’s something wrong when 99% of people can threaten the well-being of the overwhelming minority, the 1%. It’s a good thing the rich can afford personal security and to serve in government.
And the hits keep coming. A recent study shows that (I am not making this up) rich people are more likely to take candy from babies.
First of all, depending on how old the babies are and the type of candy, babies should not be eating candy. It’s unsafe. Babies’ teeth may not be well developed enough for a nougat or a crunchy Heath bar. Another problem with babies eating candy is that they are often very messy with it. I have known a baby to take a caramel out of his drooling mouth multiple times before ultimately leaving it in the carpet, resulting in property damage. Should we really reward that kind of behavior? Also, with the childhood obesity problem in the US, the rich people may be providing a valuable service in preventing babies from becoming addicted to low-nutrition foods. Of course, the article did not make any of these valid points, instead implying that rich people are selfish bastards.
This study reminded me of another one I read years ago in which bagels and muffins were provided to office workers on an honor system (take one, leave a dollar). Once again, the study was biased against rich people who had a lower rate of paying for their pastries. The conclusion was that people who made less money were more virtuous and rich people were “cheaper.” However, the study didn’t stop to consider whether the rich people were neglecting to leave a dollar because they don’t carry small bills; when viewed in that light, the muffin basket can be seen as a primitive form of sugary entrapment. Another possible conclusion is that they felt a dollar was too low a sum to be concerned about. This just illustrates one issue in a free market economy; when you undervalue your goods, they are taken for granted by customers and your products are quickly commoditized. And lastly, it’s also possible that their assistants were the ones who fetched their bagels for them, so it was just guilt by association.
Even in the wealth-friendly GOP, we are hearing a lot of anti-wealth sentiment, especially from the so-called Walmart Republicans. Voters want a candidate they could drink a beer with, not sip a fine chablis with (either way, Romney loses out on that one!). Romney in particular is an easy target for class warfare.
- Romney says “Corporations are people,” which I hear to mean “Corporations represent millions of jobs done by ordinary Americans like me” (IOW, we hurt corporations at peril of hurting the people who work for them), but the media blows into “Corporations deserve special rights that hurt individuals.” Which one did Romney really mean? The question is moot! Sound bites trump all.
- He tells Michiganders that his wife and he support American automakers because Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs (presumably not simultaneously which would Really be newsworthy). He could have followed this up with, “You’re welcome” because who else is so scrupulous about buying American cars? This one is just silly anyway. Everyone knows that Cadillacs are not rich people cars, just old people cars.
- He quips to voters that he’s also unemployed, a joke about the stress of running for office. I watched Last Comic Standing, and that show is basically identical to the GOP primary process only less hilarious: unemployed men & women who have left everything to be on a reality show contest until there is only one left standing. Poor people are allowed to make all the jokes about unemployment they want. We call that comedy. When rich people do it, we call it being “out of touch.”
- He says he has friends who own NASCAR teams. I’m honestly not even sure what that means. But I don’t think I want to live in a country where NASCAR represents the middle class. Oh wait, I don’t.
There’s also reason to believe that Romney is not really the way he’s being portrayed in the media, even the way his own gaffes make him sound.
Romney is apparently unable to afford styling gel on vacation.
Romney is too cheap to buy the Ensign, instead printing out his home teaching lesson from lds.org.
Romney drives with his grandkids not buckled in. That’s as red state as a diaper bag hanging from a gun rack.
The Romneys use paper plates and cups that even I would turn my nose up at. The plastic Solo cups and plates are much more sturdy, and really they don’t cost that much more. I only ever see these cheap ones in the ward Relief Society closet. Hey, wait a minute . . . !
The Romney clan exceeding capacity in a hot tub. This is practically like the Clampetts enjoying their “cement pond” on the Beverly Hillbillies.
Using a dining room chair in your home office? Even their actual office chair is pretty ghetto. Also, that dining room chair looks like it hasn’t been reupholstered since Working Girl was in theatres.
- Given that Obama is the president who said small town America was “bitter,” this election could be the battle of two “out of touch” elites. The article about taking candy from babies concludes with: “Are rich people more likely to be jerks, or are jerks more likely to get rich?” Perhaps Obama would ask: “Are poor people more likely to be bitter and envious, or are bitter, envious people more likely to get poor?”
- Do rich people get a bum rap in this country due to problems a handful of bad apples caused?
- Are rich politicians (and don’t kid yourself, most of them are rich) being hypocrites when they purport to relate to the common man?
- Is the class war just two self-serving groups of people who won’t listen to each other? Is one class better or worse than the other?
- Is the American dream of rags to riches no longer valid?
- Is poverty virtuous? Can poverty be out of touch?