To hear a few zillionaires lament on how mean the world is, you’d think they were being worked to death in Cambodian killing fields. But endless bleating from the coddled conservative rich is standard procedure these days in luxury estates and aboard corporate jets. Leading the pack of rich whiners is Tim Armstrong, CEO of AOL, who tried vainly to justify cutting 401-k benefits with this drivel:
Reuters — During the meeting, Armstrong singled out two unidentified employees who had babies with health issues in 2012 and their impact on AOL health costs, which he said had also increased because of “Obamacare” health reforms. “We had two AOL-ers that had distressed babies that were born that we paid a million dollars each to make sure those babies were OK in general,” Armstrong said, according to the Capital New York, which first reported the details.
Gosh Tim, maybe if you hadn’t personally lost the company a $100 million in your botched takeover and subsequent frantic sale of Patch.com, or apparently signed a self-funded healthcare deal that insured AOL would have to step in and fork over two mill for neonatal costs instead of the insurance company and policy you could have chosen, those loses wouldn’t have been so catastrophic. Given that you failed utterly at both those tasks, maybe forgoing a fraction of the $12 million you paid yourself would have sheltered shareholders and employees alike from your incompetence, you sorry ass, sleazy piece of shit.
TPM — Real estate investor Sam Zell echoed his fellow one percenter’s lament earlier this week. “The one percent are getting pummeled because it’s politically convenient to do so,” Zell said, adding that the one percent simply “work harder” than everyone else.
Oh, sugar pie, you haven’t even begun to be pummeled. Bow down and thank whatever deity you believe in that I’m not king, because if I were, after that self-absorbed boast about how you work harder than anyone else, you’d be locked in stocks in the town square right now being pummeled for real with rotten cabbage and rancid tomatoes.
WSJ — Writing from the epicenter of progressive thought, San Francisco, I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its “one percent,” namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the “rich.”
Nothing would make me happier right now than whisking this creep away in a time machine to World War II Poland, so he can personally learn that pointing out growing income inequality in the US is not quite on par with his entire neighborhood being slowly starved into living skeletons, or forced to watch wives and daughters being gang raped by Nazi thugs, before entire families are marched naked at gunpoint into frozen ditches and buried alive.
The contempt shown by these useless, spoiled imbeciles is breath-taking. Normal, decent rich people would be well advised to distance themselves: these clowns may not have been hated and despised before, but they are now, and they are not the guys anyone should want representing any demographic in any way.