Alternate Title: If Rich Rightwingers Want To Feel More Respected, Try Not Being Such HUGE A-Holes
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Let me start this post by delineating exactly who this is directed at. I, and those who think like me, do not automatically hate rich people. We don’t hold a grudge against rich folks because they are rich. In fact I, and many like me, would love to have the good fortune of joining the upper crust myself.
I can write a very long post detailing many rich people I am fond of. Most if not all of the people I admire in public life have made their fortunes. Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Howard Dean, Michael Moore, Warren Buffet… all these people I admire are part of the one percent and good for them.
But, what about the upper crustians who make clear whenever possible that they feel aggrieved at their situation. The whiners who complain about President Obama being mean to them even as they’ve raked in record profits during his tenure. The ones who complain about not being respected despite their self perceived awesomeness, and how the rest of the nation are freeloading while they do all the economic heavy lifting. And lately, the rich who practice a particularly vicious type of class warfare while complaining that the left is engaged in class war against them.
If they want some respect, maybe they should try not acting like huge Richard craniums, starting with their political standard bearer. In June Mitt Romney helpfully encouraged business owners to coerce their employees to vote for him.
“I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections,”
That invitation to supremely priveliged dickishness (pardon the French) has been accepted by several CEO’s threatening their employees jobs in the event that Barack Obama is re-elected. In one of several examples David Siegel, timeshare mogul and the owner of the largest home in North America sent an email to employees threatening that if Obama wins he didn’t want to hear any complaints over the downsizing fallout that would inevitably follow.
When asked about the email Siegel said:
I wanted to let my employees know what will come if they make the wrong choice. They need to worry if Obama gets reelected. The company is doing the best we’ve done in our history. We’re making lots of money, but we’re not growing.
What kind of logic holds that your business is doing better than ever, making tons of money, all while President Obama is in office… BUT if he’s reelected don’t complain when you start laying off the work force. It’s crap like that that just makes Siegel (and any other CEO’s threatening employees over the election results) look like giant a-holes.
It seems to me like this behavior is essentially un-American. They would probably claim that I’m picking on those poor billionaires and this is just more lefty class warfare. But my opinionated expressions are not threatening their livelihoods.
Siegel makes it worse by further by explaining his role in determining how his employees should exercise their right to vote.
I’m sure there’s quite a few employees who might take offense. But I’ve always looked out for their best interests. We’re like a family. They’re like my children, and I’m the Jewish mother telling them to eat their spinach and vote for Romney.
I just can’t imagine how anyone could feel offended at that. His employees are child like and he’s just telling them what is best for them out of the goodness of his heart. If only the great unwashed masses would understand and knuckle under to his political whim everything would be much easier for all of us.
CEO’s threatening employee jobs if Obama wins is the very definition class warfare. Rich people threatening the very livelihoods of poorer people based on how they vote is literally class warfare.
While we’re on the subject of bosses treating working folk like dirt, what about forcing your work force to attend Romney campaign rally’s whether they want to or not?
Another example of the upper crust treating the rest of us like dirt is the Romney 47% video. Obviously calling everyone who votes for the other guy freeloaders and ingrates is bad enough. What I really found interesting about the video is how Romney says we all think we’re victims, and then commences to enumerate the ways he is a victim of the modern political machine.
For example Romney actually says, in a half joking way, that if only he were Mexican he would have a much easier pathway to the Presidency. He disparagingly mocks the victimhood of the lower class… but laments that poor him being born into a wealthy white family, and that is holding him back in his world!
The fact that so many people are poor is a strike against Romney in his twisted view of self victimization, because it means he starts with nearly half the nation automatically voting for Obama. Those poor people don’t get the whole tax cut message because they don’t pay taxes, so poor Mitt is victimized yet again!
Do you know why Romney won’t release more than two years of taxes? Because Romney claims he would be a victim of unfair attacks if he did. The Democrats would just pour over the returns line by line and launch attack after attack. In order to escape certain victimhood, the American people are not able to see the returns. Of course that reason is patent bullpucky, but where would rich conservatives be without being able to rely upon such percieved victimization?
The latest example of conservative billionaire victimization is courtesy of the Koch brothers. These pour souls who have seen their net worth DOUBLE to over 60 BILLION DOLLARS (!) under the administration of President Obama are the true victims according to the Koch brothers.
Honestly… it’s hard to even know what to say about such delusions. I wouldn’t need 30 billion dollars to be subjugated to those imagined indignities. Just pay me like 1 million dollars and I’d let you express truly humiliating things about me like 5 days a week for years and feel great about it!
Finally, let me note the fantasy which Tom Brokaw spun on Meet The Press regarding his interactions with the 1%.
Brocaw: I was just going to say, I talked to a lot of major business leaders who want Romney to get elected, but almost to a man and a woman, they say, “But you know what, we’re going to have to pay some more taxes in our category.” What they want to do, however, is to benchmark them against spending cuts, so that they can get spending down to 20 percent of GDP. There’s going to have to be a combination, in their judgment.
Brokaw just threw that insight on the table at MTP as if the opinion were some great insight into the political machinations of the rich. Then why are those same people doing everything in their power to elect Republicans who, to a person, have signed a pledge to never increase taxes. Why are they supporting candidates who refuse out of hand to accept 10 to 1 spending cuts to tax increases?
It was President Obama who took a very similar proposal as that described by Brokaw to John Boehner and House Republicans, who rejected it because of increased revenue. (Besides, going forward with HUGE cuts and modest revenue would be perceived as a victory for President Obama, which is just not acceptable to Republicans even if it were best for the country.) In fact Romney is promising some cockamamie formula which will explode the deficit, skyrocket military spending and lower tax rates across the board.
Maybe the rich people Brokaw hangs with are low information voters who just make stuff up whenever he broaches the subject of economic patriotism. They want to get the word out that they are happy to do their part, so they will vote against someone who actually tried to give them their formula, in favor of someone who explicitly will not. And that is supposed to make sense how?