Don't you hate how the rich flaunt their wealth
Professional athletes, actors, musicians, corporate elite. So many of them flaunt their wealth while most of America struggles to pay their bills. Tennis' Wimbledon is playing now. Top tennis player Roger Feder is one bad example. He adds to his wealth doing TV commercials pulling his trophies in a wagon to the awe of onlookers; he wears tennis shoes w/gold in them. He is just one bad example. I'm sure you can think of so many more.
Yuppers! They would be the first to go in my 99% scenario. lol! In some cases, I'm sure they earned it, but in others it just seems like dumb luck and America's stupidity that got them there, and that makes me sick.
I mean like c'mon Jay-Z worth 500 million?, he can't even rap, he sold crack before he hit it big, his music sucks, and I actually like well thought out hip hop. He visits the White House as an esteemed guest? N*gga please!
residentstone......I hope that you are a black man.......because if not, I wonder if you have been following the Paula Deen scandal? Words do matter.
Phew! No, thank god! And notice, no ER at the end, that makes it ok, just ask black people. If you replace it with an A, it's fine. 100,000 hip-hop albums can't be wrong. Hate Paula Deen, but she got railroaded for nothing. Ridiculous.
"er" or "a"...the word is what it is.....I'll pass on "polling black people" on this....and just assume that they prefer it not be used by white people? and...did you mean, "Phew! No, thank god!" as reply to my hope? Oh brother...I give up.
People earn what others are willing to pay them. I find no fault in their willingness to earn what they can. I do agree that I wish more of those who have earned millions would voluntarily help those in need. May do, but more could. I do believe that it should only be through voluntary exchange, but not by confiscatory means...not government taxation and force. What one does with their own property and earnings should be, unless illegal (a topic for another place) be up to the person who earned it.
Sad to say wealth often brings with it an attitude of superiority. Lol, in comment to paying bills, the reason many Americans are struggling to pay their bills is because they are trying to appear wealthy by buying homes, cars, and luxuries they cannot afford! Just a thought...
RT.....There are many filthy rich who DO FLAUNT...brag and behave like THEY ARE their money. Basically, it is blatantly clear that their wealth is how they present themselves and means much more to them, than the PERSON they present. Having said that.....the behavior is directly based on WHAT they have. It is highly unlikely for individuals with poor upbringing, void of moral fiber or even basic social skills, to be gracious, grateful & generous, (commonly referred to as "class") when they acquire multi-millions.
What literally boggles my mind, beyond all else, are the major MEGA-Corporations that throw MONEY at MONEY......I must ask: How badly did Donald and Ivana Trump need the "job," to do a "Pizza Hut," commercial? Are all those athletes and rock stars, in need of the money....from starring in commercials and/or representing a product?
Corporate America.....WHY DO YOU DO THIS? I would like to humbly suggest that the BIG BRAND PRODUCT Co., that publicizes that all of their marketing & advertising, will be produced by hiring ordinary, average American citizens, off the streets, in an INTENTIONAL, PURPOSEFUL & PLANNED EFFORT to "help spread the Corp wealth to the little, unknown guy."...would be so respected and appreciated....their sales would skyrocket beyond belief. And that suggestion would flop on deaf ears....I know.
I guess to be fair, we need to acknowledge that there are the MEGA rich, who do help others....as in Buffet, Gates, Winfrey, etal...OUTRAGEOUS AMOUNTS OF MONEY. Just I M A G I N E .....just ONE of those I named, have more money than the ENTIRE total of incomes combined...of the 5600 people that make up the population of the WHOLE TOWN WHERE I LIVE.....and maybe even yours thrown in there too! LOL Thinking about it that way, is enough to make a person cry......don't you think? Gosh.
Those who flaunt...need to be ignored. Gold in his tennis shoes? Might be much more impressive if his heart were made of gold....eh? Such is life.....sigh...............
I think many of the "flaunters" mentioned above just LOVE being in the spotlight and LOVE all the attention. Any attention is great to them. They like having their faces all over TV so maybe that's why they do these commercials. Attention hogs?
I don't have a problem with wealthy people having all this money and stuff and if they flaunt it, oh well. But I do really wonder what would happen to them and how they would handle truly losing all of it. Wealth can be fleeting as we have seen. What would happen to them if they really lost everything -- IRS took away the mansions and cars and cash, or whatever the situation. How would they handle being broke and not knowing where their next meal was going to come from? How would they handle not knowing if they would have a roof over their head next week?
The long time mayor of the city where I use to live was a doctor, who made house calls. He purchased some marsh land that no one wanted. The oil boom came and he made millions upon millions.
He technically took no salary for his job as mayor. It was paid to him, but then he gave it right back. He donated money one year to balance the city budget. I figured it out and he asked me not to mention his name. I agreed.
I have know other people who have done very well, they just do not go flaunting it like some do.
As far as sports figures, and the like, as long as people are willing to pay outrageous prices for tickets and sponsors pay huge endorsement fees, we are going to have this issue. Actually, I think part of the flaunting is due to the media. Some high profile and rich people do a lot of philanthropic things with their money.
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