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The Political Wealth Gaffe … Not That There's ANYthing Wrong With That

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Totally stole the headline from a couple of Melissa Harris-Perry's beautifully written and delivered opening block quips - and all roads do lead to Seinfeld. 


Seinfeld YouTubes composite extraordinare courtesy of our GottaLaff.

We, as a country,  don't seem to know how to talk about wealth any better than we can articulate adult thoughts on sex … or even get on the right side of science as a Nation.

We'd better learn, and fast. Minding the wealth gap, and avoiding the perilous wealth gaffes that politicians of both parties seem to leap into feet first, is a fascinating topic. Apparently there is 'acceptably wealthy' and 'filthy rich', and it's a third rail that needs nimble feet.

One Arugula moment can really pinch.

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This Sunday one could flip from the media wealth of David Gregory and a panel of Right Wing Stars slumming on the Clinton Global Initiative and Meet the Press world stage to the sanity of Melissa Harris-Perry. (First footage is worth viewing, so have a gander below when time allows, Carly Demon Sheep Fiorina and Bubba are amusing sparring partners).


Does anyone remember which decade turned us from a nation of folks that just knew presidents and notables were going to be from the more rarified monied population, to people that mind the Wealth Gap and eagerly pile on any candidate who isn't visibly living from paycheck to paycheck?

Cory Booker attended Stanford, he isn't doing too badly … does he fall out of the 98%er Defense League in future when his age and talent bring the inevitable wealth he will accrue from political celebrity? If he falls, it should be for reasons more to do with the content of his character, rather than the size of his possible maybe future  offshore accounts wallet.

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Are these wealthy, Not That There's Anything Wrong With That, wannabe public servants, fighting for the regular folk they expect to vote for them? THAT is the question I want answered.

Understanding of a culture you either came from or can relate to is critical, and Americans can smell non-authenticity a mile away. Kennedy's wealth was never a deal breaker … is it Tea Party Tomfoolery or something more?

Melissa Harris-Perry even had the balls to note that liberally beloved Elizabeth Warren was rocking a high six-figure salary at Harvard, so it really truly is a sliding scale of relativity.

Mitt Romney, with the massive wealth of the Mormon Church, his aristocratic family and those pesky details like car elevators to haunt him, didn't offer much in the "I want to knock back a Budweiser with 'ya." category of the Pageant.

The 1975 Rockefeller Dole Bird. Common license.

The 1976 Rockefeller-Dole Bird. Common license.

Here are the Meet the Press vids, mentioned above.

 

Robert Todd Lincoln's Vermont estate, Hildene, is just a few miles down the road from our humble home … and his Dad didn't exactly start out with the sterling silver collection that the Hildene docents show off in Manchester today. Just sayin'.

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Even Goldman Sachs Is Calling Income Inequality 'destabilizing', GOP

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It is a horrific statistic to report, but average hourly pay in this country declined over the last twelve months. Liberals have knows since before The Great War that Republicans had no idea how to manage money, and they have certainly proved us right every decade since.

It was a shock, and a slightly pleasant one for a change, to note that the CEO - a verified Muckety Muck - over at Goldman Sachs (the one we love to hate, rather the flagship of the kind of company our Bernie Sanders and his colleague Elizabeth Warren like to take on as Senators) had at least for publicity purposes, come to his senses about income inequality.

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On CBS This Morning, some remarkable footage occurred when said CEO spoke of the global economy.

Income inequality is destabilizing and "responsible for the divisions in the country," CEO and chairman of Goldman Sachs Lloyd Blankfein said on "CBS This Morning".

"The divisions could get wider," Blankfein said. "If you can't legislate, you can't deal with problems. [If] you can't deal with problems, you can't drive growth and you can't drive the success of the country. It's a very big issue and something that has to be dealt with."

Has Elizabeth Warren had a 'chat' with this cat? Tell us more, oh sage USD-master Lloyd Blankfein.

He said one way to deal with it would be to "make the pie grow."

"Too much of the GDP over the last generation has gone to too few of the people," he said.

In his own words:


Income equality is degrading, depressing, disgusting, deeply shame-worthy and definitely overdue for our attention. Yes, the DOW is chugging along, the economy is bouncing back and we are entirely sure that President Obama made the best choices for the country going forward, despite the screeching to the Right.

Fvx Nation is going to have to react to this.

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Government = Protection Racket for the 1 Percent

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JP Morgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon, left, and Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein leave the White House in Washington in 2009 following a meeting between chief executives and President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Cartoons of the Day- The War On Poverty 50 Years Later

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Cartoons of the Day- The GOP Love The Poor

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Cartoons of the Day- GOP and the Minimum Wage

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Rob Rogers

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Cartoons of the Day- The GOP and The Poor

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Mike Luckovich

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Tim Eagan

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