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June 24, 2014

Savor the Incoherence of the Evil Rich Beneficient Liberal 1 Percenters

Aye Chihuahua, villanas y villanos! The news, it is full of deliciously unintended comedy hoy!

David Brock has a message for liberal millionaires: Don’t sweat being called hypocrites.

Brock, a former “right-wing hit-man”-turned-top-big-money-Democratic-operative, is part of a behind-the-scenes campaign to convince donors it’s OK to attack the Koch brothers for spending millions of dollars while doing the exact same thing for the left.
“You’re not in this room today trying to figure out how to rig the game so you can be free to make money poisoning little kids, and neither am I,” Brock told donors this month at a conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, according to someone who attended the conference, but who declined to be identified because it was closed to the press.

“Subscribing to a false moral equivalence is giving the Kochs exactly what they want: keeping us quiet about what they’re doing to destroy the very fabric of our nation,” added Brock, whose deep-pocketed nonprofit groups are leading the charge to make the conservative megadonors Charles and David Koch an issue in the 2014 midterms.

Conservatives reject the notion that rich liberals donate more out of their concern for society than do their conservative counterparts like the Kochs. But Brock’s pitch also isn’t sitting well with some major liberal donors and operatives, who worry the anti-Koch strategy could backfire big time. It has not yet been proven effective at motivating key Democratic voting blocs like unmarried women and minorities, and liberal critics also worry it risks undercutting more important issues, smacks of class warfare and opens themselves up to hypocrisy charges.

Who could have foreseen that the DNC's favorite mantra ("INEQUALITY IS THE DEFINING ISSUE OF OUR TIME AND MUST BE STOPPED BEFORE IT KILLS US ALL!!11!!!!") and demonization of the wealthy would have such unintended consequences!

It's all so.... unexpected. The inequality demagogues didn't mean to imply that wealthy Progressives are out of touch with the lives of ordinary Americans (let alone the concerns of the proletariat whose interests they so nobly champion)!

After Hillary claims the Clintons aren't 'realIy rich' Chelsea (who's married to a hedge funder, lives in a $11m home, and is paid $600,000 for doing nothing) says 'I tried to care about money but I couldn't'

...Despite Chelsea's self-proclaimed disinterest in money-making, a report last week surfaced that she was paid $600,000 by NBC last year to do a smattering of reporting.

It is not uncommon for well-known anchors to earn multiple millions per year, but Clinton's reported annual salary is high for the frequency of her segments.

By comparison, her salary is higher than both of the last two editors of the New York Times.

The paycheck from her NBC contract has helped Chelsea and her husband Marc Mezvinsky buy a $10.5 million apartment next to New York's Madison Square Park last spring.

Solidarność!!! À bas les aristos! Truly, Chelsea is one of you in her heart of hearts. Sure, she has waaaaay more money than anyone really needs to live a good life (and you don't exactly see her giving it all away to help end inequality in our time), but she totally feels you oppressed-masses types.

And then there's Joe Biden, reportedly living paycheck to paycheck:

Biden’s 2014 salary, meanwhile, is $233,000 – considerably more than the average US income of $50,054 per year – which puts him firmly in the top one per cent of earners.

Biden spoke about his personal wealth at the White House's 'Working Families Summit' on Monday.

'Don't hold it against me that I don't own a single stock or bond,' Biden said. 'Don't hold it – I have no savings accounts. But I got a great pension and I get a good salary.'

He declared himself 'the poorest man in Congress.'

Hmmm.... massive debts, negative net worth, and nothing put away for a rainy day. Explains a lot, don't it?

Well, at least our President isn't one of those filthy, no good, one percenters:

By the time he was sworn in, Obama owned somewhere between $1.1 million and $5.1 million worth of U.S. Treasury Bills, comprising most of his net worth. His other assets were worth between $411,000 and $915,000.

And you smart alecks can just wipe that snarky look off your faces THIS INSTANT! Who among us doesn't have a few million bucks worth of T-bills stashed underneath the sofa cushions?

Oh well. Let the ankle biters yap all they want.

We'll always have Paul Krugman.

Krugman’s defenders are obviously free to argue that he deserves more money to serve in a figurehead role at a publicly funded university, even that he deserves our sympathy as a multi-millionaire struggling to make it in Manhattan. But they shouldn’t suggest that Krugman is somehow not an elite member of the infamous one-percent that the brave protestors of Occupy Wall Street movement exposed as responsible for the world’s ills.


Posted by Cassandra at June 24, 2014 06:51 AM

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To endure, a democracy, like an oligarchy, needs both the rich and the poor. A democracy that destroys the well-off becomes unstable. Where the people have authority over the laws, demagogues tear the city in two by fighting with the rich. Instead, they should do the opposite and appear to speak on the behalf of the rich.

It is of the greatest importance in all systems of government to have laws and the rest of governmental administration so arranged that officials cannot profit financially from their offices.

-Aristotle, Politics.

Sometimes it's interesting what you find digging around in old books.

Posted by: Grim at June 24, 2014 09:26 AM

Ahhh! I get to follow Aristotle.

They have a Brock and we have not. They have the diabolical Soros – and we haven’t. Theirs, not ours, is the nefarious Ophilia. The only thing better than being on the right side of history is not being on the side of the devils. How much easier can feeling good about one’s own side get?

Posted by: George Pal at June 24, 2014 10:24 AM

Power, in all societies, is convertible into material wealth. Sometimes this takes the form of benefits "paid" in-kind, as with the dachas and special stores of the Soviet elites. Sometimes it takes the form of actual cash payments made for services rendered or expected to be rendered, as is the case with the typical Congressman retiring to a lobbying career, and quite possibly in the case of Chelsea Clinton's money from NBC

In modern American society, influence and name-recognition are also convertible into material wealth, and a career in "public service," even if it does not generate enough power to fulfill the individual's economic desires, may well do so by making him a recognizable name.

Posted by: David Foster at June 24, 2014 11:14 AM

Also, see my related post Greed for Power:


Posted by: David Foster at June 24, 2014 11:15 AM

I hear some 'working families" have been invited to the White House to discuss the weather. I guess that means we'll all be needing us some bigger damned boots.

Posted by: spd rdr at June 24, 2014 04:30 PM


It is *I*, The Lightworker, who commands you.

If only your vanishingly minute intellect were capable of understanding my lightning fast mental processes, I would attempt to explain to you why it's imperative that we get Selfish, Resource-Hogging Capitalists and their nasty Big Money out of politics so the voice of the workingpersun can once again be heard in the land.

Maybe I'll get Val Jarrett to explain it to you. That gal may not be the brightest light bulb in the ole' knife drawer, but you and she should be able to understand each other (being on the same mental level and all). Women... no one in my administration really takes them seriously, but their votes come in right handy.

Verily I say unto you: some have claimed that meat is murder, but I think we all know that Wealth is Murder.

...unless, of course, that wealth flows into my personal slu... err... campaign fund, or the coffers of the brave, selfless servants of the proletariat informally known as "Democrats".

I tell you that I will not rest until I - like unto the fabled Hercules (who like me was a man of ethnicity) - have personally cleansed the Augean stables of politics from the foul stench of Big Money illegally confiscated from its true owners: the masses. It's a dirty, dirty job, but someone has to do it.

Posted by: Barack Obama at June 24, 2014 06:15 PM

Ok, I am seriously starting to worry about you.
Don't make me come down from my mount...ain, missy.

"...unless, of course, that wealth flows into my personal slu..."

Is there a missing *t* here?

Posted by: DL Sly at June 25, 2014 11:53 AM

Is there a missing *t* here

Nope, but there's a missing "SH" :p

Posted by: Barack "The Lightworker" Obama at June 25, 2014 05:58 PM

There's *Lots* of [Bull]sh*t in this administration, but they are short a few (thousands?) emails . . .

Posted by: CAPT Mike at June 26, 2014 02:57 AM