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1 nines09  Wed, Feb 12, 2014 9:50:01am

It must be so hard. So very, very, hard. One more classless entry in the books of poor BILLIONAIRES.

2 aagcobb  Wed, Feb 12, 2014 10:56:43am

I am going to have to buy a powerball ticket today in the hopes of winning and thereby sparing someone else the horror and suffering which comes with being obscenely wealthy.

3 palomino  Wed, Feb 12, 2014 10:58:50am

A billionaire typically lives such an insulated life, why would he give a shit if he’s being “picked on” from afar by pundits and activists? It’s not as if all his middle and working class friends have suddenly refused to invite him to parties.

Of course education is the best way to get ahead (do we really need this particular guy to tell us that?) But there will always be people who, for a variety of reasons, won’t climb any ladder of success. Is it spoiling such people to raise their min. wage a couple bucks? To have a bit of dignity and be able to pay bills?

4 HappyWarrior  Wed, Feb 12, 2014 1:07:08pm

Oh boo fucking hoo. So sick of the ultra wealthy whining about being criticized when so many of them want to scapegoat the poor and call them lazy. I have nothing against wealthy people but I have a problem with those wealthy people who think being told that they should pay a reasonable amount in taxes is somehow akin to Nazism or them being picked on.

5 EPR-radar  Wed, Feb 12, 2014 1:15:30pm

Not content with owning just about everything, having the political establishment of both parties primarily interested in making them happy, and fawning worship from 70% or more of the general population, these greedy jackasses want more.

6 BusyMonster  Wed, Feb 12, 2014 1:16:16pm

Jesus Christ, I’d hate to see how he’d react if he actually were impeded in anything he tried to do by one of us.

Man, does wealth just automatically breed whiny brats with thin skin or what? Or, is it that those character traits are the ones that select for being the kind of grabby little brat that they all seem to act like? Ugh, I find rich people more contemptible every day. Seems like a class that selects for the absolutely basest human behaviors. And at the same time, their insane demands for how we should treat them … it really does seem like they would like to return us to feudalism and declare themselves royalty. Not to be questioned, or even inconvenienced.

I think if our society doesn’t find a way to put a leash on these people we’re doomed. It is amazing how often gigantic wealth or power coincides with brathood.

7 EPR-radar  Wed, Feb 12, 2014 1:19:02pm

re: #6 BusyMonster

Jesus Christ, I’d hate to see how he’d react if he actually were impeded in anything he tried to do by one of us.

Man, does wealth just automatically breed whiny brats with thin skin or what? Or, is it that those character traits are the ones that select for being the kind of grabby little brat that they all seem to act like? Ugh, I find rich people more contemptible every day. Seems like a class that selects for the absolutely basest human behaviors. And at the same time, their insane demands for how we should treat them … it really does seem like they would like to return us to feudalism and declare themselves royalty. Not to be questioned, or even inconvenienced.

I think if our society doesn’t find a way to put a leash on these people we’re doomed. It is amazing how often gigantic wealth or power coincides with brathood.

The level of whininess is truly amazing. A former friend of mine is a libertarian and was quite put off by my use of “filthy rich” to refer to those members of the ultra wealthy who really are bad actors.

8 Rocky-in-Connecticut  Wed, Feb 12, 2014 2:03:10pm

it just reminds me of this series of studies on what wealth does to the human mind.

It distorts it.

pbs.org

1. scientific experiments pointed out that wealthy took more candy from a child when given the opportunity.

2. that when handed wealth and playing advantage to random people they assumed the role of the self-entitled “winner” in the Monopoly experiment.

3. success and wealth becomes more of “your own doing” rather than acknowledging the contributions other people and society as a whole enable your success.


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