“Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth.” –Rex Stout
“Money doesn’t always bring happiness. People with ten million dollars are no happier than people with nine million dollars.” –Hobart Brown
“If all the rich people in the world divided up their money among themselves, there wouldn’t be enough to go around.” –Christina Stead
Oh lord, please don’t let us be misunderstood! Ordinary people clearly have no idea what it’s like to be rich — they seem to think it’s easy, and painless. Nothing could be farther from the truth. How we envy the carefree lives of the poor! Between estate planning, managing our vast investments, serving on those irksome corporate boards, and fitting in public relations appearances in support of some inane charities or so-called worthy causes, we barely have time to catch our breaths. And we never have a moment’s privacy; what with all the personal assistants, servants, and those much-needed but unsavory security personnel, it’s hard to find even a moment’s solitude for picking our noses! Imagine — but of course, you really can’t.
People believe we are all mindless hedonists, always playing with our big shiny toys, and hopping from one vacation spot to the next. Not a bit of it! We desperately need a little time off just to relieve the horrible stress, the constant worry of keeping and increasing our wealth, and keeping all the interfering governments off our necks. Who do they think put them in power anyway?. There is no loyalty these days!And do you think it’s fun knowing that we are universally hated and resented? Try it sometime! Wait, no, forget we said that. It is our burden, and we mustn’t shirk, no matter how much we might love to.
And then there are all those troublesome poor people, so greedy and importunate. They seem to feel we owe them something. What a concept. We mean — we let them live, more or less. What the hell do they want? Justice? Equality? A living wage? Now that’s funny. Life is suffering after all — as who could possibly know any better than we long-suffering, much-maligned rich folks? Give us a break already!
Just look at what these comedians are yammering about now. Give away our hard-earned bonuses? To people we screwed over — er, people who were hurt in the recent economic difficulties? Oh, we don’t think so! Touch our money and die, suckers!
The Other 98% Urges Wall Street to Donate Bonuses to Financial Crisis Victims
Crooks and Liars / December 27, 2013 6:42 pm
By Diane Sweet
The Other 98% Urges Wall Street Execs to Donate $91 Billion in Bonuses to Victims of Financial Crisis.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 both hit record highs on Thursday while the NASDAQ surged to its highest level in over 13 years. The year-end rally is expected to add a boost to the massive bonuses Wall Street is preparing to hand out this year. The largest Wall Street firms have reportedly set aside more than $91 billion for year-end bonuses. In response, an activist group called The Other 98% has launched a petition calling on employees of Chase, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America to donate their bonuses to the 10 million Americans made homeless by the housing crisis. Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez are joined by Alexis Goldstein, a former computer programmer at Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank who later got involved with Occupy Wall Street and is now communications director at the group, The Other 98%.
A full transcript of the program is available here.
And to sign The Other 98% petition go here –