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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