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Sun Jan 1, 2012, 01:17 PM

Oh QUELLE SURPRISE, America! Published in my RW Rag today: "What's so Awful about the One Percent?"

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. . . and it was written a month ago.

Get excited!!! THEY'RE NOT ALL BAD!!!

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/dec/04/opinion/la-oe-schiller-who-is-the-one-percent-20111204

The late Steve Jobs was in that elite club this year. In his earlier days, Jobs would have been camped out with the OWS crowd, probably passing around a joint. Should we count him as one of "us" or one of "them"? (And you can't use your iPhone or iPad to vote "them."


Oh bullshit. Jobs was no liberal. Apple makes their crap in Chinese sweatshops that work their slaves in punishing hours and conditions; some even killed themselves due to their intolerable plights. He also fired workers just for unintentionally rubbing him the wrong way.

We'd also quickly recognize among "them" Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, who became billionaires developing Google. And, as they are sipping a latte to keep warm, the OWS campers should also reflect on whether Howard Schultz, Starbucks' founder and No. 330 on the Forbes list, is with "us" or "them."


Let's see, does he worry about where his next meal is going to come from? Does Howard Schultz pay the mortgage OR the electric bill this month? Does he go into work every day with a 500 pound figurative anvil strapped to his back that says "YOU could be NEXT, peon, so work harder!!!"?? Does Howard Schultz have to worry about paying a five-digit student loan debt or worry about getting thrown out of his house for the crime of getting sick??? Really? Are you that effing stupid, Bradley?

Not every member of the Forbes 400 is a high-tech folk hero. There is a lot of inherited wealth on that list too (the Mars, Walton, Cargill and Ford dynasties). But 70% of the Forbes elite are self-made billionaires. Those entrepreneurial successes include not just the names behind Facebook, Google, Apple and Starbucks but also EBay (Meg Whitman, Pierre Omidyar), Yahoo (Jerry Yang), Nike (Phil Knight), AOL (Steve Case), Amazon (Jeff Bezos), Subway sandwiches (Peter Buck, Fred DeLuca), "Star Wars" (George Lucas) and even Beanie Babies (Ty Warner). Does anyone doubt that these members of the reviled 1% have enriched the country in significant ways?


Uh, most of the people on that list enriched China, Indonesia, Malaysia and India in significant ways moreso than they have American workers. Especially Phil Knight. Some of the Forbes 400 are figureheads that had nothing to do with the origination of their product/service. And damn it, no one is entirely self made.

Oh, but let's not forget, folks . . . if THEY could do it with a little hard work and elbow grease. . . why . . . any of us can!!

Even more to the point is that all of these club-400 elites were once just like "us." Jobs worked on the first Apple computer in a garage on a shoestring budget. He had vision, not wealth, to propel him to fame and fortune. Oprah Winfrey (No. 139) rose from poverty to TV queen through determination, hard work and a couple of lucky breaks. Even Warren Buffett, No. 2 on the Forbes list, started out looking very much like just another hardworking middle-class kid with good Midwestern values.

These storied rises from "rags to riches" are what make America the unique and prosperous nation it is. Some critics would have us believe that the American dream is dead. But that's a view purveyed by those without the vision, the grit, the energy or the single-mined determination to build a better mousetrap. Starry-eyed inventors and entrepreneurs have no doubts about that dream. They know it exists and that they are going to achieve it. Maybe not on the first try, but eventually. That's the entrepreneurial spirit that drives competitive markets, that not only makes the American dream come true for some (the 1%) but also improves life for the many (the 99%).


Oh just SHUT it with the class warfare card, slappy. Horatio Alger is a lottery.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horatio_Alger_myth

What can you say about hackneyed, deluded articles like this? What can you say about the state of education in this country where a person like this; one who cannot even look out of his own window but would rather form an opinion based on the teachings of the likes of Friedman (Milton AND Thomas) and Hayek, becomes a professor and author?? There needs to be more widespread progressive voices to counter this sort of idiocy.

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xmas74 Jan 2012 #2
HughBeaumont Jan 2012 #9
xmas74 Jan 2012 #11
Obamanaut Jan 2012 #3
Xipe Totec Jan 2012 #4
HughBeaumont Jan 2012 #8
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Night Ripper Jan 2012 #6
HughBeaumont Jan 2012 #7
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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Sun Jan 1, 2012, 01:43 PM

1. This article is part of a doomed effort

by various right-wing propaganda outfits (Faux News, Limbaugh, etc.) to justify the existence of the super-rich. They've pushed this free-market Horatio Alger nonsense for decades, but now they are finally being challenged on the basic premises of their arguments by Occupy Wall Street. As today's events proved, OWS is not dead; it's just getting started, and the 99% WILL be heard, regardless of the efforts of rightist propaganda to defend greed as good.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Sun Jan 1, 2012, 02:02 PM

2. No comments section at the link?

I noticed it was written nearly a month ago-do they not have comments for OP/Ed or did someone take too many boo-boos in the comments and they closed them?

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Response to xmas74 (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 1, 2012, 02:48 PM

9. I'm not sure how the LA Times works.

It is weird they don't have a comment section on this.

Of course, if this were the Cleveland Plain Dealer, every backwoods Bill O fan and their brother would be on there defending "Teh Free Marketzzzz" while the oligarchs laugh collectively.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Reply #9)

Sun Jan 1, 2012, 04:14 PM

11. Maybe there is no comment section.

I would think that an OP/Ed of this nature would have everyone coming out of the woodwork.

And the KC Star often includes comments from those who have just crawled out from under a rock. I'm used to reading idiotic comments.

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Response to Obamanaut (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 1, 2012, 02:10 PM

4. Duty Calls...

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 1, 2012, 02:46 PM

8. Nice one!

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Response to Obamanaut (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 1, 2012, 02:11 PM

5. Oui. 'Surprise' est feminine, donc on dit 'Quelle surprise'

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Response to Night Ripper (Reply #6)

Sun Jan 1, 2012, 02:44 PM

7. a. You're at the wrong site.

b. Did you even read the link, Herman Cain?

Our markets are only free for the oligarchs to manipulate. "Free" for the rest of us? Whoever told you that lied to you and isn't your friend. For every Oprah Winfrey, there are tens of thousands that didn't make their dreams happen for whatever reason.

Hint: There is no such thing as "self made". EVERYONE gets help, whether they choose to believe that or not.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Sun Jan 1, 2012, 03:50 PM

10. "Its called the American Dream,

because you have to be asleep to believe it."

- George Carlin 2005

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