Posts tagged Rich
Posts tagged Rich
I’ll respect your background if you respect mine.
There are some things I can’t abide today. This is one of them. This article is full of choice passages like this one:
"I want to stop lying about the suits I buy for my internship. I want to stop saying they are hand me down’s from my cousin. I want to be able to say thank you when I receive a compliment on them. I was taught that you should always dress for the job you want, not the job you have. I want to be taken seriously at my internship and look professional—and I have the resources to buy nice-looking suits and have my hair professionally highlighted.
I’m tired of justifying my address and the backlash I receive when I tell people I am a student and live in a high-rise apartment. I’m tired of the looks my doorman gives me when he hands me my package (of work clothes) delivered from J.Crew.
So stop making me feel like I’ve done something wrong. Stop making me feel like I am less deserving. I didn’t ask to be born into this kind of circumstance and I’m tired of being judged for it.”
Does she seriously not understand how much she is flaunting her privilege with this post? If this is how she talks to the poors in person, perhaps there’s a different reason people think she’s insufferable. Maybe it’s not the wealth. Maybe it’s regaling others with stories about how uncomfortable you feel making eye contact with your doorman when he brings you your packages of (work clothes) from J. Crew. And maybe your doorman gave you the stink eye because you didn’t tip like a lot of privileged douchecanoes.
I went shopping for (work clothes) at the thrift store. So thanks for implying that I’m somehow less than you because I’m not looking “professional” like you.
And the next time someone gives you a compliment? Just say “thank you” like you want. People don’t care where your suit came from unless they said, “Nice suit. Where did you get it?” Trust me, no one is expending that much mental energy worrying about where you — you special little snowflake, you — got your hair done or your suit. You are not the center of the universe.
Let’s pretend for a second you’re right, even though you’re not. Everyone is critiquing you on whether or not you are dressing for the job you want. Good news, snowflake! If you fail that critique, well, you can always order another round from your pal, J. Crew. Those of us without said resources get judged, too, and there isn’t a goddamn thing we can do about it except pretend it isn’t happening, smile, and move on. Because if someone is judging us for last season’s suit, there’s no way to fix that when the electric bill is overdue and the cupboards are empty.
I just can’t with this shit. Your parents worked hard. Good for them! Mine worked hard too, and they’re living on social security and a pension. Plenty of people are working hard RIGHT NOW and aren’t even able to put food on the table, i.e. a good portion of SNAP recipients who have full time jobs.
The tl;dr version? Maybe it’s not all of us. Maybe it’s you. And that’s the ultimate privilege — not having to look in the goddamn mirror and see what inane vanity it’s reflecting back.
Fixed that for you.
Mitt Romney, on Wednesday’s Today Show, discussing criticism of Wall Street and the rich. In other words, “Hey, poor people. Y’all are just jealous.”
Funny that. A Pew Poll released yesterday shows nearly two-thirds of the public (66%) believes there are “very strong” or “strong” conflicts between the rich and the poor—an increase of 19 percentage points since 2009. Also, participants identified the conflict between rich and poor as the largest, strong source of conflict in society:
If Romney is to be believed, at least two-thirds of Americans are just jealous.
A new Pew Research Center survey of 2,048 adults finds that about two-thirds of the public (66%) believes there are “very strong” or “strong” conflicts between the rich and the poor—an increase of 19 percentage points since 2009.
However, people’s perception of why the rich become rich has not changed much. Pew Research points out similar opinions to the ones below were found in 2008:
Pew uncovered one very interesting point:
The biggest increases in perceptions of class conflicts occurred among political liberals and Americans who say they are not affiliated with either major party. In each group the proportion who say there are major disagreements between rich and poor Americans increased by more than 20 percentage points since 2009.
Emphasis mine. Could this mean independents could be an even bigger influence than usual in 2012? And what does that mean for both parties? Maybe talking about jobs and the economy isn’t the worst move… The GOP’s constant denial of the existence of class warfare and incongruent insistence President Obama sparked it may also backfire.
Mitt Romney has been a dick since at least age nineteen. For reals. From The Daily Mail:
A newly-unearthed photograph showing Mitt Romney demonstrating in favour of the Vietnam War draft might leave the presidential candidate feeling somewhat embarrassed.
The veteran Republican, then 19, can be seen picketing an anti-war sit-in at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, in 1966.
Romney received a draft exemption based upon his status as a “minister of religion” - basically, an exemption for having been a Mormon missionary. He received numerous deferments after that for educational reasons. Romney portrays his mission in Paris as a time of humbling poverty, but The Daily Telegraph has a different story:
The Republican presidential hopeful spent a significant portion of his 30-month mission in a Paris mansion described by fellow American missionaries to The Daily Telegraph as “palace”. It featured stained glass windows, chandeliers, and an extensive art collection and was staffed by two servants.
For most of 1968, Romney lived in the Mission Home, a 19th century neoclassical building in the French capital’s chic 16th arrondissement. “It was a house built by and for rich people,” said Richard Anderson, the son of the mission president at the time of Romney’s stay. Tearful as he described the house, Mr Anderson, 70, of Kaysville, Utah, said Romney aides had asked him not to speak publicly about their time together there.
Romney said of his French lodgings: “I don’t recall any of them having a refrigerator. We shopped before every meal”. Anderson said that as well as a refrigerator, the mansion had “a Spanish chef called Pardo and a house boy, who prepared lunch and supper five days a week”.
Romney added in his comments that “most of the apartments I lived in had no shower or bathtub”. He said: “If we were lucky, we actually bought a hose and we stuck it on the sink.” He said he was forced to use a hole in the ground and a bucket for a lavatory and said, “I lived in a way that people of lower middle income in France lived, and said to myself, ‘Wow, I sure am lucky to have been born in the United States of America.’”
Sounds rough, no? Perhaps it was this time of strife that led him to make his most recent housing decision:
It recently emerged that Mr Romney has plans to quadruple the size of his $12 million California home. The 64-year-old filed an application in San Diego, California, to bulldoze his 3,009-square-foot oceanfront mansion in La Jolla and replace it with an 11,062-square-foot property.
A campaign official said that the GOP hopeful was planning the expansion as the home he bought three years ago ‘is inadequate for their needs’.
Mitt Romney: Representing the 1% since 1966, lying about his poverty since at least 2011.
Sixty-two percent of Americans think the bill that raises the federal’s debt ceiling through the year 2013 and makes major cuts in government spending benefits the rich at the expense of the poor and middle class, according to a CNN/ORC poll released on Monday.
Only 27 percent say that the debt ceiling deal treats all classes fairly and 11 percent have no opinion.
The poll (PDF) also found that 47 percent of Americans rate the economy “pretty badly” and 28 percent rate it “very badly.” Only 23 percent think the economy is going “fairly well” and a meager 1 percent say it is going “very well.”
In other words, 62 percent of Americans are starting to realize something in the milk ain’t clean.
For thirty years, now, Republicans have been yammering about small government, deficits, the glories of the free market, and the incompetence and wastefulness of government.
It’s all been a big lie, part of a well funded and cleverly executed coup d’etat, designed to enable the ultra rich and corporations to literally take power out of the hands of government and money out of the pockets of individual citizens.
Democrats have either actively participated in the coup or watched in near silence. The press has been passively playing the part of a mute stenographer. The basis of this coup is simple – money has become the lingua franca of political power, eclipsing the vote.
They’ve just about pulled it off.
Flashback from February of this year. This is one of many, many warnings over the past few years.