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Today’s tabloids seem to illustrate perfectly the plight of rich people in my previous entry.

Here they are, selling their gold

and getting into the dreaded public schools

As for the other half, the rest of us, we get last week cover – complete with Michelle’s glee – one of my favorite composition peces from the Daily News

I remember of a similar attitude in a WSJ street piece published in 2001, as W was getting ready to cater to his cronies…

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And now, thet Jr.jr is having a “stimulus” with 40% going to the rich in tax cuts, New York Times is comiserating again – this is a collection offered by Gothamist

Five hundred thousand dollars means taking their kids out of private school and selling their home in a fire sale.” A few days ago, the Times asked some people to remember back when they only made $500,000.

“Some of the things I’ve recommended to my higher-end clients are, if that’s two or three cars in the household, how many do you really need? Do you want to keep the house or the cars? Which would it be?” 37.gif Violin over the head picture by Robbedvoter

Pssst: Hint: Metrocard?

Oh, the humanity!

And fellow billionaire Michael Bloomberg is crying with them

“One percent of the tax payers pay 44 percent of our taxes. 37.gif Violin over the head picture by Robbedvoter

Really Mike? I doubt it. But what percent of their income are those taxes coming to?

Of course, the funniest conclusion from the  500,000 CEOs cap story is concluding that Obama is a…populist?

Let’s not forget that the billion dollars candidate who famously told us “everyone has some skin in this”, keeps his own out of it

he “likes it warm” in the Oval Office, said Chief of Staff David Axelrod. “You could grow orchids in there,” he told the New York Times.

But while it’s perpetual summer in the Oval Office, the rest of the country has been trudging through a tough winter. Ice storms have cut power to millions in the Midwest and South.

So, again, giving 40% of the stimulus to the rich does not a populist make.

My prediction is: just as we didn’t hear from the rich people as a group throughout W’s misadministration, we’ll eventually won’t have to hear their complaints this time around either. The one billion dollars candidate they purchased will make sure they’ll be happy and insulated from the chaos that will hit the rest of us.

and a SNL stimulus skit

Not Your Sweetie

February 2009