How many of the “super rich” grew up rich? Fewer than one might think.
Both the current president Rousseff Dilma and the former president Lula da Silva, both of the socialist Worker Party, have been caught (it appears according to a publicly released wire tap) colluding to avoid justice. People spilled into the streets last night, again, to demand Dilma’s and now Lula’s head.
Just a few years ago both leaders were darlings of the Chavista (and socialist) inspired “Pink Tide” in South America. That tide has clearly turned. But it has not taken Dilma out to sea –
For decades “conservatives” have bemoaned welfare generally, but most of the attention has been on conventional welfare for the poor. And this area of public policy deserves more scrutiny and radical reform. The welfare laws in this country are seriously messed up and have done much to erode the underpinnings of American society. We have created a taxpayer subsidized underclass in this country.
But conservatives have, at least until now, largely ignored the subsidized “overclass” which has emerged in recent years.
Wouldn’t that be great? Porsches for everyone! Well, not really. Perhaps some groceries in most cases.
An interesting little experiment. We’re guessing that the interns at Bloomberg needed something to do one afternoon.
The state would prefer to keep the capitalists down on the bottom. Innovators make things uncomfortable for the powerful and connected.
Ms. Pelosi has played the crony capitalism game well. The way she sees it – I promise you this is how she sees it – she’s just doing well, while doing good.
It’s the tune of many a crony.
“See, it’s OK that I live like this, even though I rail against the ‘rich,’ because I am one of the good guys. I’m for more money for welfare, and all sorts of other government programs to help the peasantry…
I did not grow up with money. But I did work in finance for years and I have known a number of people with significant wealth. I also live in an old money town, Charlottesville, Virginia.
There is an adage about significant wealth which I think holds generally true and that is that “old money” is smaller than “new money.”
Often with older money there is some patriarch a few generations ago who made a pile of cash in some endeavor,
If you live in a wealthy part of the country it is very likely that you are represented in Congress by a Democrat. Often a very “liberal” Democrat. Why is this?
Middle class. A lot less wealth here these days.
The great disconnect continues. Those who are tapped into the (crony) financialized system have seen their stocks and bonds do well as the market has ridden a Federal Reserve created bubble. Those who do not have assets, or only real estate assets, (unless they have nice arable farmland) have fallen behind. It’s a case of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer, but the situation has been exacerbated by the central bank experiments of the last 6 years.
Now raise your hand if you subscribe to the Kennedy school of limousine liberalism. I’m looking at you John Kerry…
Look, at a net worth of $100 million the Clintons are not wealthy, they are legitimately rich. They are not the 1%, they are the 1% of the 1%. And surprise surprise, despite all the “have and have not” nonsense coming from Madam Clinton as of late, the Clintons intend on remaining in the 1% of the 1%.
Funny thing about those who rise on the shoulders of the proletariat. They always seem to enjoy being rich. Why is that?