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Fri Apr 4, 2014, 08:35 AM

Billionaires’ crybaby club: Someone get these whiners a bottle! - By Joan Walsh

An epidemic of self-pity among the wealthy raises questions about the mental health of the top of the top 1 percent


Does being super-wealthy make you extra susceptible to self-pity today? That’s the only conclusion we can draw from an epidemic of self-pitying American billionaires decrying their persecution by “despots,” and the “Kristallnacht” of rising concern about income inequality, over just the last few months.

Charles Koch is the latest to fall victim to what funnier folks than me have labeled the WATB syndrome, with a whiny op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. “Collectivists” in government, Koch writes – “those who stand for government control of the means of production and how people live their lives,” i.e. Democrats — “strive to discredit and intimidate opponents.” It gets worse: “They engage in character assassination. (I should know, as the almost daily target of their attacks.)”

I’m worried about Charles Koch. For one thing, with all his billions, he couldn’t find a better ghost writer? His silly op-ed, with its alarmist Marxist clichés and fusty Schopenhauer references, would have been dismissed as an April Fool’s joke if published just one day sooner. It came the same day as the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision, which only increased its ridiculousness.

But Koch’s self-pity and persecution complex is downright unhealthy. He clearly suffers from the same malady as Tom Perkins, who delusionally compared rising political concern about income inequality to “Kristallnacht” for the rich. Newspaper-destroying real estate mogul Sam Zell, who cosigned Perkins, is also a victim, complaining the super-rich “are getting pummeled because it’s politically convenient to do so,” when in fact “the 1 percent work harder.”


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doxydad Apr 2014 #1
klook Apr 2014 #2
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niyad Apr 2014 #5
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freshwest Apr 2014 #4

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 08:55 AM

1. QWhy death is good...Koch Edition

When you have elderly, arrogant billionaires like Adelson (80) and the Kochs, (78 and 80) you gotta know that sooner than later Death will get 'em. Meanwhile, they're buying our Judicial and Political system, but there's a way to beat them, regardless of wealth:
GET YOUR ASS TO THE BALLOT BOX. Make the 1/10 of the 1% sweat because they cannot buy your vote. get the vote out and there's the way to beat them at their own game.

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Response to doxydad (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 12:36 PM

2. I have had this thought - but

there are always more replacement greedy assholes coming along. As long as we have an oligarchy, there will be oligarchs.

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Response to doxydad (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 08:37 PM

3. Well said. Welcome to DU, doxydad. A president once said:

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves, and the only way they could do this is by not voting.

~Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Response to freshwest (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 09:43 PM

5. I do not think that even fdr envisioned the horrors of voter suppression, voter roll purges,

manipulation of election results, and other tactics used by the reichwingnutjobs to rig the elections. as stalin is reputed to have said, "it isn't who votes that counts, but who counts the votes:

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Response to niyad (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 10:36 PM

6. FDR lived in the days when minority voters were still viciously suppressed. Still he was voted in.

This is not the USSR even though reichwingers call it that every time a Democrat wins an election.

Fox News freaked when Obama won in 2008 as millions who had never been acknowledged before got out and voted. And they freaked out worse in 2012, as they had justifed all the schemes to disenfranchise voters. They really believed that their reality ruled, their false narrative, but it didn't. And despite all the tricks, they could not overcome the sheer numbers who didn't believe the lies.

To not vote is to vote for the people hurting us now, as apathy always benefits the status quo. If we look we can see the reality of what is happening, the 7 million registered for Obamacare, although the numbers are much greater as it didn't show all the Medicaid expansions and children staying on their polices.

The media has blacked out everything good Obama has done, edited his words, lied outright and people on the right believe them and vote. And others give up because they listen to them, and their hearts grow faint.

The people with too much to lose cannot afford to not jump through the hoops to vote, not afford to not get out and help others vote, such as Planned Parenthood most likely did while they registered so many people for Obamacare. In 2012, an article at Kos quoted a part of the ACA that facilitated registering voters. Perhaps from their work alone, over a million and a half voters were registered to overcome the GOP tricksters.

And others have been out doing the same, registering people. If it was not effective, the GOP with their Koch millions wouldn't be fighting so hard. About Planned Parenthood:

Planned Parenthood ACA Outreach

Published on Mar 31, 2014

The Affordable Care Act is one of the greatest advancements for women's health in a generation. As the leading women's health care provider and advocate, Planned Parenthood fought hard for the law's passage, and now we are working to make sure our patients and the communities we serve know about their new health care options.

In just a few months, Planned Parenthood reached out to over 1,560,000 people and had more than 300,000 conversations about health insurance.

Much more at this link:

Planned Parenthood Makes Final Push for ACA Enrollment; 80 Percent of Uninsured Sign Up



From the thread:

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - The Obamacare Photos the MSM Doesn't Want You to See


The media black out on the ACA, in force since 2010, but note that is a BOG (safe haven) post:

The truth about the ACA, from 2010! What media refused to show!


There is so much that has been held back about this law and there is plenty we can do to overcome the RW.
'We must hang together, or we will hang separately' is the Founder quote, but that goes for everything. We can love each other enough to keep working on this.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 08:48 PM

4. Irony died on the long ago. They can't see themselves in the mirror, like their vampire heroine Ayn.

Loved the Salon piece and the tweet embedded in it:

"My Name Is Charles Koch, And I Am A Whiny Ass Titty Baby."

Wealth is wasted upon the rich, as their comfortable life with others waiting on them breeds infantilism. As spoilt brats, they look no further than their own wishes. They don't have any good ideas of what to do with money, they fail every time.

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