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Pity the poor rich man, who is so overburdened by his hard work and envied by those beneath him.  He performs the labors of Hercules only to be shackled by the lazy masses in their mistaken belief that they also work hard and are deserving of the basic necessities of life for themselves and their families.  Rich people work hard, and poor people don't.  An elegantly simple argument to assuage the anger of the poor.

We have a saying in Mississippi that I think applies here:  The guilty dog always barks.  I must say that it speaks volumes that the guilty dogs' latest excuses are "We're rich because we work harder than everyone else" and "Saying mean things about us is just as evil as Kristallnacht."  Really, that's the best you can come up with?

To accept such arguments, we must change our concept of social class.  At the top we have the "Poor Rich," struggling with the weight of the world on their shoulders in grand, Randian fashion, while at the bottom we have the "Rich Poor,"  who are given so much by the government that they no longer want or need to work.  What I don't understand is why the Poor Rich take on such heavy burdens when they could just stop working and live the carefree life of the Rich Poor?  Because water is wet, fire is hot, and a lie is still a lie no matter what channel it's on, how loudly it's broadcast, or how many times it's repeated.

Here's my simple proposal to the one percent:  If the poor could so easily become rich by working harder, then give everything you have away.  Start completely over.  Grab hold of that bottom rung on the ladder, you brave √úbermensch, and climb.  If you speak the truth, then you have nothing to worry about, you'll be wealthy again soon enough.  And if wealth eludes you this time, then you will be well cared for by the government.  Either way, you can't lose.

In the words of of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis:

"We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both."
("A Simple Proposal" inspired, of course, by Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal")
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Comment Preferences

  •  Those 1%ers, with their (0+ / 0-)

    fancy degrees, and their fancy cars, and their fancy clothes, they think they're soooooo superior. Bastards, every last one of them (especially the Top .1%, who are worse than bastards).

  •  This reminds me of some guy I heard about once (4+ / 0-)

    A rich man asked the guy what he (the rich man) must do to experience happiness. "Heaven", I believe, was the rich man's word for happiness. The guy told him all he had to do was give all his stuff away.  This made the rich man sad and he left, head hanging.  No word on what happened to him.

    If I have any spit left after I've licked my own wounds, I'll be glad to consider licking yours. Peace.

    by nancyjones on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 09:15:12 PM PST

  •  I know it's a reality show, but Undercover Boss (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    maggid, irate, TheDuckManCometh

    CEOs always find out that they can't do the jobs that their workers are doing.  It's more than a simple lack of experience, it's a lack of talent in most cases.

    Once upon a time the boss was someone who had risen through the ranks, and many (most?) owners would take their kids who were being groomed to take over the company and start them out at the bottom so they'd at least know what their workers were doing.

    This was what happened with my father, who was planned to take over the family general contracting business.  He spent one summer learning carpentry and another summer learning bricklaying.  (He was also being sent to college because it was thought that a dual engineering and accounting degree would be very helpful.)

    Unfortunately, he graduated just before the Depression started and the business went bankrupt shortly afterwards.  

    Nowadays most CEOs have never been anything but managers their whole career. Not only do they not know what their line workers are actually doing, they can't even identify with them.

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