I saw a net blurb about Arianna Huffington founder/boss of the Huffington Post-said she was being sued for “trashing” an apartment she rented.
This “apartment” rents for thirty thousand a month-talk about lifestyles of the rich and famous. But I suppose if you have it money isn’t an issue.
I used to kind of wonder and ask myself when reading about the wealth of millionaires and billionaires how much is enough? I no longer do though as it seems apparent the answer is whatever the amount it never is enough.
Now I just ask myself how do they justify the disparity between obscene wealth and abject poverty?
Thirty thousand a month-a lot of money to rent an apartment the article says was used for parties.
A lot of people struggling to survive, to raise a family on that amount or less a year.
The yearly “rent” total works out to three hundred and sixty thousand dollars-something in excess of a third of a million a year.
That’s a lot of food on the table, utilities paid, clothing, and healthcare for a huge segment of this countries poor who have little reason to party-many of which are minimum wage slaves or dependent on “assistance” programs.
A minimum wage which a growing number of economists say should be in the neighborhood of twenty dollars an hour, and you can bet that sends shivers through corporate America.
A billion plus a day is squandered in a fruitless effort in Afghanistan.
Free clinics, hospitals, and education financed by taxpayers in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“Patriots” love this, they call it nation building-but when talk surfaces that the same should be provided in this country, a little “nation building” should be taking place within it’s borders, these very “patriots” begin to wail and liken it to Socialism- and instead will steadfastly defend an out of control capitalist system that is undeniably creating a caste system.
A caste system the majority of them have been to relegated to the lower echelons of. Go figure huh?
Some might ask what am I blogging about this for-that I need to stick to my own backyard. Truth is my own backyard has become a microcosm reflective of the rest of the country and the same question of how much is enough could be asked.
We’ve got our own one percenters who like to go on about ranches, multiple real estate holdings, horse breeding, their own business ventures, and only flying first class.
Nothing wrong with success…if you don’t forget where you came from and those who remain in the same place. Nothing wrong with success if it isn’t the result of pimping those lower down on the ladder or the pursuit is an obsessive quest for more.
Too often people get stepped on, even trampled, when money and power are the goal-too often the effort and road taken to achieve this goal is one of selfish indifference. That’s known as taking care of business though and routinely defended as principle, a necessity of success.
It isn’t a value for dollar that any who are pimped received when a part of that is “advocating” for them-is “advocacy” meant to a be a career choice-a vocation to enrich oneself? I never thought so, though some apparently do.
What I would like to see among the nations is not the separation of rich and poor or the establishment of a caste system. What I’d like to see are co operative ventures where participants and communities share ownership, profits, and have a voice in the direction such entities take.
Those who have made a vocation of “advocacy” and risen to the top by talking the loudest and longest and always chasing the media cameras aren’t any different than the corporate, banking, and Wall Street CEOs -they are our one percenters who need to be “occupied”-the sooner the nations and we as people understand and accept that the better off we will all be.
A truth is we cannot afford to squander our effort or a single penny of what little we may have-neither can we allow others to. We cannot afford to be led around by the nose by the very ones fleecing us of our support, desire for something better, and even our meager finances.
What we should be asking is what have our one percenters done for us as individuals lately-are we better off or are they?
Do we have more food on the table or do they? Are our homes more secure, warm in the winter, or are theirs?
Do our children have more clothing and shoes, or do theirs? Do we have more “disposable income” or do they? Do we have better access to healthcare, insurance, and the like, or do they?
These aren’t difficult questions to ask-though the answers may be difficult to accept-and when they are we need to think about it a little.
“Warriors” leave no one behind-especially children and elders.