So I was reading yesterday about casino magnate Sheldon Adelson’s $10 million gift to a Romeny super pac, and saw his net worth was a whopping $25 Billion. Thats 25 thousand million. (remember when millionaires were the rich? It wasn’t that long ago…)
Anyway it brought to mind the 25yr old line from the movie Wall Street. something along the lines of “how many boats can you ski behind?”
Really- I can’t think of anyone who deserves that kind of wealth, and I can think of relatively few people who have done anything to deserve being billionaires. And those I can think of that deserve wealth…well of course…they don’t have it.
And of course Adelsons an interesting case. A life long democratic until he started getting wealthy, and who has said a leading cause of his switch to the republican side was unionized hotel employees in Vegas. Cutting into HIS profit, daring to expect the american dream for their lowly selves.
It’s easy for the rich to say that it is they who create jobs- so people should be thankful. It’s harder for them to accept that without those workers, and ultimately all the workers who are the customers- they would be nowhere. Ever been in New York City, during the summer, during a garbage strike? I have- kind of puts things in a new perspective.
This was not the american dream. We are not even talking the much discussed 1%. No- we are talking the new kings, the new overlords- the .1%. Those with so much wealth, and by default, power. And not only the power to corrupt politics (like it needs any help), but the power to effect markets, the power to effect each and everyone of our lives. (and rarely- if ever, for the better).
I highly doubt our founding fathers ever foresaw this day. Nor would they tolerate it. They were firm believers in every man (well, every white man) having an honest oppurtunity to better themselves, free from influences (of government, business, etc) that they had no control over.
So the question remains: “How much is enough”? “How many boats can you ski behind”? And when will you stop screaming socialist/marxist/communist at every person who cares more about you then those that create the problems you live under?