Sunday, July 08, 2012

Lifestyles of the rich and infamous

Willard Romney's vacation is over and he's back to his grueling schedule of avoiding media availability and selling his soul by attending exclusive fundraisers within the protected confines of gated estates. Apparently, there's no shortage of buyers:
EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. – A woman in a blue chiffon dress poked her head out of a black Range Rover here on Sunday afternoon and yelled to an aide to Mitt Romney, “Is there a V.I.P. entrance. We are V.I.P.”
Sorry lady. At 25K a head for a brief meet and greet, everybody is a V.I.P. in that queue.

This was from the first fundraiser, a luncheon (rich people don't do mere lunch) at the palatial digs of Ronald O. Perelman, billionaire chairman of Revlon.
After that, Mr. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, was also scheduled to attend fund-raisers at the Hamptons homes of Clifford Sobel, the former United States ambassador to Brazil, and the billionaire industrialist David H. Koch, a major donor to conservative causes.
Word has it, a couple of hundred demonstrators are planning a "welcoming committee" at the Koch bash.

Meanwhile, back at the Perelman mansion, the ultra-wealthy want us to know how they suffer. One high end hotel owner's wife tells the tragic tale:
Ms. Simmons paused to highlight what she said was her husband’s generous spirit: “Tell them who’s on your yacht this weekend! Tell him!”

Over Mr. Conklin’s objections, Ms. Simmons disclosed that a major executive from Miramax, the movie company, was on the 75-foot yacht, because, she said, there were no rooms left at the hotel.
Oh the humanity!

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

That very rich people feel very sorry for themselves is something I see all the time. A common complaint is that there are people getting something for free while of course We The Real People had to work all our lives and nobody ever gave us anything. And yes, many of them have large yachts and don't have to worry that their kids will die for lack of health care.

9:25:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

The thing is some of them DID work hard to succeed. In my life experience, those aren't the wealthy people who are sneering at the poor and middle class. More often than not the sneering elites are the ones who inherited gobs of money and then used it to make gobs more.

10:44:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

I should steer away from generalizations, but most of the rich Democrats I know are old money sorts. Of course the opposition would like to portray all of us philosophical liberals as losers looking for free stuff, but in my experience Tea-types feel sorry for themselves regardless of their wealth and by insisting they owe nothing no nobody, perhaps that comes to the same thing.

2:37:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

The Tea-types are mostly easily deluded and the racism runs deep in them. Hate to broadbrush, but again in my life experience, they're just against helping poor people, meaning shiftless coloreds except for that one black guy who is their good friend. THEIR gummit handouts aren't really handouts because, they deserve them for working hard all their life. And they hate Democrats, meaning dirty hippies and liberal academics.

3:56:00 PM  

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