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Thu Dec 22, 2011, 12:19 PM

The Villainous One Percent. [View all]

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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