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Distastefully Rich

Updated on November 1, 2011
Distasteful? | Source


At a recent Halloween party hosted by a law firm that represents many of the mortgage lenders in the US, many of the guests were dressed as homeless people, with distasteful placards around their necks.

It is not enough that thousands of Americans are now homeless because of the ineptitude of these rich. The rich remain oblivious to the struggles of the majority, in fact seem to take some kind of pride in what they have done and find amusement in the majority’s discomfort.

These same rich have been spotted sitting on their balconies, smilingly sipping champagne whilst watching the Occupy Wall Street campaigners.

Some have put placards in their windows stating “We are the 1%”

The arrogance of these rich is appalling but why can they afford to be so arrogant?


Vail, Colorado
Vail, Colorado | Source

Why the Arrogance?

Today these rich can be secure in their arrogance because who will stop them?

They are obviously not concerned with the feelings of the masses.

The occupy wall street and tea party are both swelling in numbers but perhaps the only thing they have in common is that they both believe that the current system of economics and government are broken and need fixing.

Are the wishes of the people enough to cause change though?

First the people would have to elect people that would want change. Currently more than half the representatives in congress are millionaires and the average wealth of a senator in 2009 was over 2 million dollars. The only difference between the rich politicians and the rich on Wall Street is that the politicians have learnt to keep a straight face.

So perhaps the President will cause change?

In August Mrs. Obama took her daughter Sasha and forty of her friends on holiday in Spain. This was at an estimated cost of $375,000 to the American tax payer.

Soon after this President Obama said: “If you’re a family trying to cut back, you might skip going out to dinner, or you might put off a vacation.” Then he sent his family on vacation to a luxury ski resort in Colorado.

Does it really appear that he is listening or is wanting a change in the status quo?

Learn from the Past

Storming the Bastille
Storming the Bastille | Source


In America there is nothing wrong with working hard and becoming rich from your labors. However, those that have been fortunate enough to do so, surely do not automatically earn the right to be scornful and disrespectful to those less fortunate.

History tells us that America is not the first country to have an arrogant wealthy class. History also tells us that no matter how rich or arrogant these people became, they could not stop a wave of discontentment from turning into a tsunami that washed away their wealth.

As the protests grow, the politicians and wealthy should listen to the people. Then with compassion and understanding, revise the systems. Not to stop the rich from becoming rich but to stop the rest from becoming poor.

They should learn to become responsibly wealthy instead of distastefully rich.


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    • Credence2 profile image

      Credence2 6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      It is ultimately to the benefit of the rich to leave gleaning in the field, you could take everything and easily end up with nothing. The wealthy benefit from a system that allowsthem to attain to wealth and a government that protects their ability to keep it. When that support is gone, their wealth will have little meaning and it will be as you allude to, time to storm the Bastille and after that 'heads will roll' Cred2

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      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi Frustrating isn't it? I am beginning to hate Obama. If you owned the army and the police force, you wouldn't worry what the parvenu thought, either. These swine will have to be dragged scrreaming from the trough. It's time for the people to rise up: many will be killed, but if they can sanitise this world against greed it will be worth it...Bob

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 6 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      This is an excellent and insightful hub. Hypocrisy abound with the rich. The motto do as I say not do as I do is becoming so worn out! Others are observing the rich. What we need are politicians who are in touch with the public and who will work with them to better this country!