You know, I just love it when there is scientific evidence showing that the rich are, by and large, pricks. Just what kind of dickweeds are the rich? They are very prone to stealing candy from babies, among other things. In fact, when researchers just made people feel comparatively wealthy, people were suddenly way more likely to cheat and lie. Apparently the rich feel entitled to the best so the bastards are in it to win it.
This certainly doesn’t mean all rich people are Mammon worshiping, self-serving, egotistical asshats … but those who are not goat blowers are the exception, not the rule. The people who are both good and rich must have had a rock solid moral center to survive the corrupting influence of wealth.
I believe that a good way to ascertain a person’s morals is to look at their actions. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet give away a shitload to charity. Moreover, they don’t seem to have a revolving door for trophy wives, unlike the stingy twit Donald Trump. Kim and some of her fellow Kardashians were caught keeping 90% of the profits they were collecting “for charity”. Barak Obama gave away 13.6% of his income to charity last year, while Santorum, that holier-than-thou Mammon loving bigot, gave away 1 % of his wealth to good causes. Easier to try to take away other people’s birth control than it is to give up some of your cash, huh? Your “Christianity” is represented by a dollar sign, Santorum, and I despise you for it.
But I digress.
Why do the rich, as a whole with the exception of a few individuals, feel free to lie or cheat and expect to get away with it? I agree with social scientists who theorize it is because the rich are protected from consequences. The most glaring example is the fact that no banksters have done any jail time for their evil shenanigans. But there are the lesser known facts that demonstrate the cocoon of safety the rich operate inside. For example, when a millionaire stops paying the bank for a mansion, the bank waited six months longer to start foreclosing on him/her as they would a middle-class guy/gal down on their luck. Or lets look at the fact that Paris Hilton gets busted for drugs and stays free, while poor people busted for drugs serve time in our corrupt profit-driven prisons.
I guess this is also why greedy, money-glutted pustules feel free to whine to reporters how much they hate the Occupy Wall Street movement and the 99%, because they don’t see why they should have to pay their fair share. If their entitlements are encroached on by even a fraction, the narcissistic twats go ballistic, and decry how mean everyone is being to them, bless their hearts.
There was a reason Jesus said it was easier to get a camel through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven, and why Paul proclaimed in his letter to Timothy that the love of money was the root of all evil. Wealthy people’s self absorbed asshatery has been disgusting for a long damn time, and good men have always called them on it.
I rather be middle-class and have to pinch my pennies than play for Team Mammon, y’all.
PS – Although that arbiter of “truthiness” Faux News reports that Romney gives away almost 14% of his wealth to charity, and don’t mention Santorum at all, they maintain that Obama only gave 1% to charity … not the much larger amount reported by other reputable news sources.