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Thu Dec 22, 2011, 12:19 PM

The Villainous One Percent.

So, yeah . . . seen this article?

Modern scions of industry, retail, pharmaceuticals, etc., complete with nine-to-ten-digit net worths, their own planes, annual lottery salaries & perk packages and multiple homes strewn across America's most well-to-do areas of the country, are all in a huff. With their poor widdle feewings hurted by the mean #Occupy Wall Streeters and with the American public apparently not kissing their privileged asses enough for all of the extremely hard work they do for this country, they simply cannot understand why no one respects them.

Er, guys? Maybe it's because of what you've been saying?

Bernie Marcus, co-founder of Home Depot, on #OWS: "Who gives a crap about some imbecile? Are you kidding me?"

Bernie Marcus, on fellow businessmen voting for Democrats and supporting EFCA: "If a retailer has not gotten involved with this, if he has not spent money on this election, if he has not sent money to Norm Coleman and these other guys," Mr. Marcus said, apparently referring to Republican senators facing tough re-election fights, then those retailers "should be shot; should be thrown out of their goddamn jobs."

Bernie Marcus, head of Job Creators Alliance (snicker) on Democrats:"Basically, what they're doing to small business is very similar in this case to what Debbie did to Dallas." (Ironic coming from the founder of HOME DEPOT, one of the worst steamrollers of small businesses their ever was)

Bernie Marcus, generous donor to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, on the Employee Free Choice Act: "may be one of the worst things I have ever seen in my life," (from a conference call of a meeting on how to prevent retail workers from organizing . . . conducted the same year Home Depot laid off 7,000 people)

Lee Scott, ex-WalMart CEO, on EFCA: "We like driving the car and we're not going to give the steering wheel to anybody but us."

Blackstone Group LP CEO Stephen Schwarzman, on low-income families and taxing the rich: "You have to have skin in the game I'm not saying how much people should do. But we should all be part of the system." (Funny, most poor people pay far more in overall tax than Schwarzman does with his cushy 15% rate on capital gains)

Rand Paul, with helpful advice to the unemployed: "As bad as it sounds, ultimately we do have to sometimes accept a wage that's less than we had at our previous job in order to get back to work and allow the economy to get started again."

Ken Langone, funder of Home Depot and others, on weighty issues: "I am a fat cat, I'm not ashamed," he said last week in a telephone interview from a dressing room in his Upper East Side home. "If you mean by fat cat that I've succeeded, yeah, then I'm a fat cat. I stand guilty of being a fat cat."

Tom Golisano, billionaire founder of payroll processer Paychex Inc., on motion sickness: "If I hear a politician use the term 'paying your fair share' one more time, I'm going to vomit"

Grover Norquist, The Most Important Yard Gnome in History: "We're going to crush labor as a political entity."

John A. Allison IV, a director of BB&T Corp, on labels: 'Instead of an attack on the 1 percent, let's call it an attack on the very productive," Allison said. "This attack is destructive."

Jack Welch, retired CEO of GE, on the typical Gore voter: "someone who needs all these goddamned social programs because she's too goddamned dumb to keep her legs crossed and too goddamned lazy to get an abortion." Charming guy.

This is what they think about you.

I'd really like to understand what would compel someone who has more money than they could logically outspend per second, who has every advantage in life and goes out of their way to gain more advantage seemingly at the expense of everyone who works for them, to publicly and shamelessly embrace their role as a villain.

What would drive someone to not even remotely value the main entities that helped make them successful (employees and government resources), but instead hold both in such contempt that they would want to wage a not-so-unspoken war on them?

What would make supposedly well-educated people from varied backgrounds, proper upbringing, expensive colleges and decades of professional experience act and speak as if they were a pro-wrestler performing a scripted heel turn?

One could probably say they really do have all the makings of a classic sociopath: that love and hate do not really factor in with their modus operandi, but something far worse. It's that they simply don't care about us or our futures. In a phrase, the under-taxed and over-wealthy are sociopathic separatists, for the most part. They reciprocally scorch and burn our wages, employment and well-being while attaining greater and greater influence and wealth for themselves and write it off as "nothing personal . . . just business".

Others bring up another possibility, one that they fear greatly; that someone new might actually bridge their chasmic moats and join them despite every effort to block paths to that success while pumping Horatio Alger balloon juice up our collective asses. The last thing they want is for their hoi-polloi to be too educated; otherwise, they'd have an uprising on their hands that would seriously threaten their well being.

When you think about it, if "anyone can do it", how would that make the 1% special? How would their astronomic salaries be justified? Wouldn't more people at the top of the food chain be the LAST thing they want to happen?

I don't need to tell the members of this site such things; we've all known for about three decades and some change, through their actions and words, what contempt the upper crust holds for those that work for them.

I'm directing this to the lurkers, the low-information crowd; the workers who still believe in the American Dream, who place their trust in our corporate leaders and who firmly assert that they hold their best interests at heart.

Search yourselves.

You know what you're experiencing is wrong, yet you're blaming all of the wrong people for it.

The sociopathic wealthy that run this country have seen their incomes shoot to stratospheric heights while our wages haven't risen in real dollars since 1979. They've pillaged every worker right unions gave us, quashed almost all of the progress FDR and others brought forth, instituted a vampiric economic system that has seen poverty and homelessness become widespread and returned us to a cheapskate billionaire-driven Gilded Age where no one but the top 5% benefit from the massive largesse.

They are not going to stop until they see every last damned one of us FAIL, fight amongst each other for scraps and accept whatever lousy jobs they choose to give the lucky ones, all the while rewarding themselves with lotteryesque salaries, bonuses, perk and exit packages for the suppression.

It's not enough that they've taken our jobs, our homes, our schools, our pensions, our health care, our hopes of retiring and our chances of getting ahead.

Now they've become sneeringly smug cads about it.

"So say goodnight to the bad guy!"

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HughBeaumont Dec 2011 OP
redqueen Dec 2011 #1
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redqueen Dec 2011 #5
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HughBeaumont Dec 2011 #4
HangOnKids Dec 2011 #7
Huey P. Long Dec 2011 #8
HughBeaumont Dec 2011 #9
HughBeaumont Dec 2011 #10
HughBeaumont Dec 2011 #11
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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Thu Dec 22, 2011, 12:37 PM

1. I don't understand how anyone could blame the wrong people by mistake.

One has to completely agree with these guys in order to support the same politicians they do.

If you disagree with these parasites, you vote for the people they hate.

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Response to redqueen (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 22, 2011, 01:29 PM

3. It's one of three things with these kinds of voters:

1. Single/Double issue, as in "I'm willing to overlook their capitalist pig/Anti-labor positions as long as two men can't marry and I can continue to have control over a female's zygotes."

2. They're so much of a Horatio Alger fanboy that they truly believe one day they'll be the next Donald Trump, nevermind the astonishingly long odds of such a thing happening.

3. They're conditioned to blame "yewn-yuns", irrelevant Democratic legislation from 10-30 years ago, Barney Frank or "teh blaaaaaaaacks" for all economic problems, giving scorch-and-burn capitalist swine like Mitt Romney a free pass.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 22, 2011, 02:46 PM

5. Yeah...

I suppose those people in 1 and 3 could be characterized as doing it unintentionally, so that does make sense.

Still, though, how much evidence can people overlook? All the charts and the obvious trends they show which have become so much worse since their god reagan implemented his toxic vision... eventually I would think reality would be impossible to ignore.

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Response to redqueen (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 22, 2011, 03:07 PM

6. I can look at my own reality, and so can many others:

When was my family on food stamps? During Nixon/Ford.

When was my dad able to buy a better house and my mom able to get a part time job? During Carter.

When was my dad on strike/laid off three times from the Steel Mill and my mom had to work full time? During Reagan.

When was my living wage job search completely fruitless? During the Bewsh I Recession (resulting from Reagan's scandal-ridden, corporate raider-friendly administration).

When did I finally acheive a living wage job and was promoted throughout it? During Clinton.

When was I laid off from that job? During Bewsh II.

Why did my bank fail and was taken over (luckily had the safe landing, unlike many)? Because of the financial catastrophe that happened because of Bewsh II's pirate-friendly administration and Reagan-on-steroids economics.

When did times get slightly better for many? During Obama (I only say "slightly" because we still have a long way to go).

I believe this plays out the same way for a lot of people - the wage suppression was documented by Stephen Greenhouse in his book The Big Squeeze - detailing how 2000's-era sons that go to the same place their fathers worked now make half to a third what their fathers made for the same job. Sad.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Thu Dec 22, 2011, 02:29 PM

4. Sorry, kicking.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 22, 2011, 03:16 PM

7. Good Post Hugh


Kick it up!

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Thu Dec 22, 2011, 03:18 PM

8. more-


Bankers, Billionaires Try to Form Movement Against OWS
óBy Asawin Suebsaeng| Wed Dec. 21, 2011 9:47 AM

Whaddaya know? It seems the rich now want to eat the folks who want to eat the rich. Wrap your head around this Bloomberg report:

Jamie Dimon, the highest-paid chief executive officer among the heads of the six biggest U.S. banks, turned a question at an investors' conference in New York this month into an occasion to defend wealth.

"Acting like everyone who's been successful is bad and because you're rich you're bad, I don't understand it," the JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) CEO told an audience member who asked about hostility toward bankers. "Sometimes there's a bad apple, yet we denigrate the whole."

Dimon, 55, whose 2010 compensation was $23 million, joined billionaires including hedge-fund manager John Paulson and Home Depot Inc. (HD) co-founder Bernard Marcus in using speeches, open letters and television appearances to defend themselves and the richest 1 percent of the population targeted by Occupy Wall Street demonstrators.



Dear Jamie Dimon,

I hope this note finds you well.

I am writing to profess my utter disbelief at how little you seem to understand the current mood of the nation. In a story at Bloomberg today, you and a handful of fellow banker and billionaire "job creators" were quoted as believing that the horrific sentiment directed toward you from virtually all corners of America had something to do with how much money you had. I'd like to take a moment to disabuse you of this foolishness.

America is different than almost every other place on earth in that its citizenry reveres the wealthy and we are raised to believe that we can all one day join the ranks of the rich. The lack of a caste system or visible rungs of society's ladder is what separates our empire from so many fallen empires throughout history. In a nation bereft of royalty by virtue of its republican birth, the American people have done what any other resourceful people would do - we've created our own royalty and our royalty is the 1%. Not only do we not "hate the rich" as you and other em-bubbled plutocrats have postulated, in point of fact, we love them. We worship our rich to the point of obsession. The highest-rated television shows uniformly feature the unimaginably fabulous families of celebrities not to mention the housewives (real or otherwise) of the rich. We don't care what color they are or what religion they practice or where in the country they live or what channel their show is on - if they're rich, we are watching.


What we hate are the people who we view as having found their success as a consequence of the damage their activities have done to our country. What we hate are those who take and give nothing back in the form of innovation, convenience, entertainment or scientific progress. We hate those who've exploited political relationships and stupidity to rake in even more of the nation's wealth while simultaneously driving the potential for success further away from the grasp of everyone else.


America hates unjustified privilege, it hates an unfair playing field and crony capitalism without the threat of bankruptcy, it hates privatized gains and socialized losses, it hates rule changes that benefit the few at the expense of the many and it hates people who have been bailed out and don't display even the slightest bit of remorse or humbleness in the presence of so much suffering in the aftermath.


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Response to Huey P. Long (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 22, 2011, 03:50 PM

9. "Sometimes there's a bad apple" . . .

Yeah, like

* those who have management strategies that pretty much consist of "Fire Everyone, Whachoo Gonna do fa ME?"

* those who tell the "truth" when they say "I simply don't know what happened with the missing billion!". I dunno, could any of US get away with saying "I simply don't know what happened with the missing $500."??

* those who buy political influence and dictate national policy from governmental positions (Donald Regan, Hank Paulsen, Jeff Immelt, Billy Tauzin, etc)

* those who have bought politicians pushing through disastrous free-trade agreements that allow them to displace thousands upon thousands of workers all in the name of "Business".

Those kind of "bad apples" here and there, Jamie?

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Thu Dec 22, 2011, 07:55 PM

10. Kick.

My stupid "CONGREFS" thread has almost as many recs as this.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 22, 2011, 08:52 PM

11. Again for recovery.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Wed Mar 5, 2014, 08:16 AM

12. du rec.

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Wed Mar 5, 2014, 08:17 AM

13. kick

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