Spacefem (spacefem) wrote,
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if you were a rich man...

It never ceases to amaze me how many of my coworkers have contempt for the rich.  There's this e-mail forward going around with pictures of Paul Allen's 200 million dollar yacht, with snide comments like, "Software piracy is bad, huh?".  And everyone loves to talk smack on our highly-paid CEO. Maybe it is criminal to be so filthy stinking rich you could buy the world, but I really don't feel like it's my place to judge that, and I KNOW it shouldn't be the place of any of my coworkers.  

I mean, we're all paid well.  Compared to the rest of the world we're all grossly overpaid.  I have a 600 square foot apartment all to myself.  In a lot of parts of the world, that much space is obscene and impossible... I'd be sharing it with six people if I had it at all.  

If that's not enough, I like to remind people that the reason we're paid at all is because we make PRIVATE JETS.  Yes.  I'm surrounded by people who are trickle-down economics, that's all there is to it, and they hate rich people (hand that feeds you, what?).  The e-mail forward about Allen's yacht said that it has a permanent staff of 60 people.  From the outside I guess you could look at Allen and say, "It's not fair that he gets 60 people to work for him there and I don't even have a maid."  But where's the appreciation for the fact that someone is supplying 60 good jobs for people who work hard and deserve it?  Okay, maybe he "could" give those 60 people a million dollars and make them all happier... then maybe all the rich people could give everyone money, and no one would have to work, which is a great idea until you get to my third point...

These people are all Bush voters! And most of them voted for Bush for financial reasons.  There are a few social conservatives in the group but most people don't care about the social issues as much as liberals like to believe. (One thing liberals can't understand is that not all Bush voters went that way because they're against abortion or gay rights; there are many types of Bush voters.  There aren't as many types of Kerry voters.  That's why Kerry lost.)

But anyway, all these people I work with are very much against tax hikes for them, even though our salaries are well above the national average.  But apparently if you make any more than us, you should be a socialist.  We should set this convenient line just so it doesn't touch us.

Here's what I'm learning about politics.... there's this going philosophy that the average person is stupid.  I don't think the average person is stupid.  I just think the average person is hypocritical and self-centered.  The Kansas marriage amendment didn't pass because people were stupid, it passed because the majority of people are always looking out for #1 and there's really nothing we can do to change that.  Most people look in the mirror and say, "If it was me being pointed at for being too immoral or making too much money, I'd fight it.  But it's not."  

My goal in life is to be different and try to see through this hypocrisy that's probably part of my natural human genetic makeup.  I'm trying to do my best, but if you have pointers I'll always welcome them. Until then I'll keep learning from everybody else's bullshit.
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