Those who are quick to levy this phony charge need to read this and memorize parts of it dealing with the right wing nonsense about ENVY.
Wall Street Isn't Winning It's Cheating | Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone
In this part, the ridiculous charge of ENVY is crushed and flushed, crashed and trashed, snipped and ripped, and generally destroyed beyond recognition. Please allow it a decent burial.
The charge of ENVY is leveled by the intellectually dishonest who at once want to congratulate themselves with a pat on the back the way a high school girl does when she whines that "you only hate me because I am beautiful" . It is a self given compliment that is intended to boost ones own ego and stroke ones own self image while cowardly running away from the actual issues raised in a discussion about economics and the growing disparity between income groups in this nation.The idea that masses of people suddenly discovered a deep-seated animus/envy toward the rich – after keeping it strategically hidden for decades – is crazy. Where was all that class hatred in the Reagan years, when openly dumping on the poor became fashionable? Where was it in the last two decades, when unions disappeared and CEO pay relative to median incomes started to triple and quadruple? The answer is, it was never there. If anything, just the opposite has been true. Americans for the most part love the rich, even the obnoxious rich. And in recent years, the harder things got, the more we've obsessed over the wealth dream. As unemployment skyrocketed, people tuned in in droves to gawk at Evrémonde-heiresses like Paris Hilton, or watch bullies like Donald Trump fire people on TV. Moreover, the worse the economy got, the more being a millionaire or a billionaire somehow became a qualification for high office, as people flocked to voting booths to support politicians with names like Bloomberg and Rockefeller and Corzine, names that to voters symbolized success and expertise at a time when few people seemed to have answers. At last count, there were 245 millionaires in congress, including 66 in the Senate.
And we hate the rich? Come on. Success is the national religion, and almost everyone is a believer. Americans love winners. But that's just the problem. These guys on Wall Street are not winning – they're cheating. And as much as we love the self-made success story, we hate the cheater that much more. In this country, we cheer for people who hit their own home runs – not shortcut-chasing juicers like Bonds and McGwire, Blankfein and Dimon.
Turtle, you are an Ivy League educated attorney. Discuss this issue with all your training and skills and dispense with this lazy self-congratulating shortcut once and for all please.
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