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8 Rich Jerks Who Want Your Love and Respect

8 Rich Jerks Who Want Your Love and Respect
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After hoarding wealth and crashing the economy, the world’s collective animosity toward the 1% is hardly unfounded. Nonetheless, the wealthiest don’t just want all of our money… they want our love, too. Rather than compromising their greed to gain our respect, however, they prefer to whine about our contempt instead.

Here are eight wealthy bigwigs complaining that they deserve our affection:

1. “When I hear the constant vilification of corporate America, I personally don’t understand it. I would ask a lot of our folks in government to stop doing it because I think it’s hurting our country.”

- Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan CEO, wants politicians to stop picking on the wealthy executives who crashed the economy but still came out with their fortunes intact. It not only hurts Dimon’s feelings, you see, it also hurts the country.

2. “[The uproar over bonuses] was intended to stir public anger, to get everybody out there with their pitch forks and their hangman nooses, and all that – sort of like what we did in the Deep South. And I think it was just as bad and just as wrong.”

- Robert Benmosche, AIG CEO, dares to compare the public response to executive bonuses to racially-motivated lynchings. Painting himself as an innocent victim is a joke in itself, but trivializing lynching in the process demonstrates how twisted his brain is.

 

3. “For their enormous contributions to our standard of living, the high-earners should be thanked and publicly honored. We are in their debt.”

- Harry Binswanger, friend of Ayn Rand, wrote a cringe-worthy op-ed about how much we underappreciate the wealthy this week. The title, “Give Back? Yes, It’s Time for the 99% to Give Back to the 1%”, probably says it all.

 

4. “My presence is charity. Just who I am. Just like Obama’s is. Obama provides hope. Whether he does anything, the hope that he provides for a nation, and outside of America is enough.”

- Jay Z’s response to activist Harry Belafonte’s claim that the rapper doesn’t do much to promote social justice. As Jay Z sees it, just being rich and famous is enough of a gift to the world.

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1:10AM PST on Feb 7, 2014

oh yes. I always suspected that there were jerks among the rich...

6:58PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

wow. just, wow

9:04PM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

pfff What a joke! Keep on wantin'...It's good to dream.

5:05PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

I believe that Respect has to be Earned, not inherited...not gained by illegal activites, such as bilking people out of their hard earned money...not having been paid over inflated salaries gotten from not providing basic medical for their employees, not gotten by underpaying employees...then there's the over inflated ego of Jay Z, so very glad I don't contribute to his millions by buying anything that would remotely get back to him as profits.

Sorry, but don't have money to rent, let alone buy, any violins to play, no tears to shed, for these egocentric, windbags (can't used censored words here). Too bad they won't spend week in a women's shelter, in a soup kitchen, at an animal rescue center, out on the Sea Shepard watching the Japanese slaughter whales and sharks, at a food shelf handing out food, delivering meals on Wheels to the elderly and disabled, eating food only bought with SNAP for a week...know I missed a few here, but you get the idea. These people and others in the 1% are so out of reality when it come to how the 99% are forced to live - and they like it that way.

7:08PM PDT on Oct 2, 2013

Jamie Dimon, ygbfkm?? This is the guy who is responsible for the biggest white-collar crime in human history. We should never hear anything from him, ever. He is lucky he's not in Federal prison, or hanging from a sign on 5th Ave. He should not even complain about a pimple on his ass, not even a whimper, not if he's dying of cancer.

He is walking free and he still has hundreds of millions of dollars that belong to investors and employees.

3:04AM PDT on Oct 1, 2013

Maybe not on this site, but in reality this is a pretty thin slice of the worlds population.

1:38AM PDT on Oct 1, 2013

So sad. :(

11:57PM PDT on Sep 30, 2013

Poor guys...

11:30PM PDT on Sep 30, 2013

History will not look all that kindly on Barack Obama. He had a chance to cut these people back down to size, and he didn't take it. Had he stripped these people of their wealth and imprisoned some of them, there would be no Tea Party. Doing it strictly through violations of security and banking law would have been next to impossible; these people cover their asses beautifully, but the Patriot Act was twisted to send Martha Stewart to jail, and I'm sure it could have been made to work in some fashion for most of the people on this list. What they have done was definitely unpatriotic.

10:12PM PDT on Sep 30, 2013

Ah, yes, and all the employees doing 99.9% of the work for these jerks have nothing to do with their success. . .

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