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The Hypocrats Protesting Down At Wall Street

Updated on November 2, 2011

The Hypocrats Protesting Down At Wall Street

There are indeed legitimate gripes against those ‘fat cats’ at Wall Street who breached our laws and walked away with their lucrative golden parachutes instead of shackles, but the growing vocal calls, which are tantamount to casting aside Capitalism and replacing it with some benign form of Socialism, is fraught with danger, and, moreover, hypocrisy. The Hypocrats label is assigned to those celebrities who are simpatico with the marchers/protesters, and, I for one would be more impressed with the protesters if they were to do some protesting down at the Broadway theatres and Hollywood. This morning alone, I saw two celebrities of note - Alec Baldwin and Susan Sarandon - partaking and opining why the bankers on Wall Street are monsters; and, so, just for giggles, I googled Mr. Baldwin and found out that he makes some $300,000.00 an episode for his television show, 30 Rock, and that Miss Sarandon’s net-worth is estimated at $50 Million.

How could celebrities, whose salaries are so astronomical, with straight faces, speak forcefully on this issue about the greed of Wall Street and its bankers? Two months ago, I wrote about Steven Spielberg, of ET’s fame, relaxing on his new yacht worth over $200 Million. Why is it that the denizens of Hollywood are allowed to make a mint at their given craft, but not those who work on Wall Street. Case in point, Charlie Sheen, who was recently replaced on his show, Two and A Half Men, was getting over a million dollars an episode… Leonardo Dicaprio, Will Smith, Toby McGuire, and Johnny Depp, all of whom are thespians and are very outspoken on various Liberal causes… make over $20 million per picture. Right here in New York, there are Super Models walking the cat-walks making over $10,000.00 a day, yet, I do not hear those down on Wall Street bemoaning such lucrative pay and perks.

I will venture to guess that some of those very young people protesting have family members working down at the Wall Street area and that said family members probably have much of their investments tied up in equities managed by some of those same ogres working at Wall Street. General Electric (GE) was recently Mr. Baldwin’s employer because it owned NBC(Before Comcast's purchased of NBC) – where was Mr. Baldwin when it was reported that GE paid no taxes for a substantial period of time, while pocketing billions of dollars and presumably paying Mr. Baldwin his $300,000.00 an episode for his show, 30 Rock? I am not even going to address Brian Williams of NBC News, who is a college drop-out, yet makes over $10 Million to read the news or the many athletes who reside in New York and who make millions – among them, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Amare Stoudemire.

It is the tried and true tactic of some Liberals to pick and choose who is worthy to make a lucrative living – it is what they did with Governor Sarah Palin. The running narrative posited by many of those in the elite media was that Governor Palin abandoned Alaska to make money; yet every time these media personalities, respective contracts expired… they would show up with their powerful lawyers to negotiate their respective multi-million-dollar contracts. Incidentally, I just saw Keith Olbermann marching in solidarity with the Wall Street protesters… this is the same Olbermann, who used to spew his vitriol on MSNBC, and who used to make some $7 million annually – Hypocrats, I tell you!


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      Brendon Floyd 6 years ago from Oklahoma City, OK

      I think you are right and I think that for many of the protesters they hope to get the attention of the folks on capital hill in both parties. However, I think this is more then just a political statement or movement, it is also a social movement and therefore it also focuses on some morality issues which we as a society are responsible for. I also think because of the 'citizens united' judgement people feel those with lots of money have just as much control over our politics as our policy makers.

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      Verily Prime 6 years ago from New York

      Thanks, but it seems that their discourse should be aimed at the current occupiers of the White House or the legislatures - Isn't Dodd/Frank a result of the reform that the Marchers are championing and celebrities salaries and perks are just as outrageous....

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      Brendon Floyd 6 years ago from Oklahoma City, OK

      I think people are focusing on Wall Street instead of the entertainment/sports industry because Wall Street and the banks played a large roll in the recession. Also it is wonderful that a younger generation is choosing to take part in our democratic system, I may not support it all but I am enjoying the fact that this is starting a well needed discourse. And I don't know if these kids feel entitled as much as they are frustrated in the lack of professional jobs with livable wages.

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      Verily Prime 6 years ago from New York

      Well said - incidentally, I Saw the same OREILLY program - if I recalled corrsctly the two guests were professors.

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      SheriSapp 6 years ago from West Virginia

      This hub caught my eye when I was signing in, and it sounded interesting. I completely agree with the points you made here. At least the guys on Wall Street actually WORK instead of playing pretend all day like actors do. Last week, O'Reilly had a couple of rich folks on who were demanding that the "wealthy" pay more taxes. When they were asked if they had voluntarily paid more last year, as they are allowed to do, they both said NO!! I think step one in demanding more from others is to first give more yourself!

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      Verily Prime 6 years ago from New York

      Don't get me wromg - there are those who are legitimately hurting for jobs, but blaming the bankers/Wall Street and not those who occupy the halls of power is rather curious. And the celebrities talking about greed irks me more than anything else because I am privy to their Midas lifestyle...

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      vrajavala 6 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      Free Lunch 24/7/375. The entitlement generation. At least they got out of their parents basement. God knows there's no jobs.

      Young and foolish.

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