I'm Tired of the Bitchy Rich

Whoever says poor people bitch too much clearly has too much time and money on their damn hands.

What do they need all that money for?  Notice I said need, not want.  If you are worth millions to billions of dollars, you don't need a private island.  You don't need a private jet.  You don't need a fleet of luxury cars.  You don't need to own a four-star hotel.  What you need is to eat, have a reliable car to get you around town, and be able to pay some bills.

Now...if you can do all of that with just a nod to your personal assistant or accountant or whoever, then you need to shut the hell up and sitcho ass down.

I had an acquaintance back up North who made a comment one night at the bar (tee hee) about how he - a master's degree-holding individual with a full-time professional-level job - went to Wal-Mart earlier that day to buy a $6.50 pack of socks for winter and actually had to pause before he bought them.  You know...the "pause" we've all begun to do when we're about to buy something seemingly cheap and immaterial, but in reality whether we'll be able to eat or not afterward literally hangs in the balance?

For the record, in case any politicians are out there wondering, this is the type of shit that triggers riots.  This is the type of dangerously brewing situation which burns cities to the ground.  This is how revolutions begin...when educated people with full-time jobs are standing in Wal-Mart making life decisions over $6.50.

I can't tell you how much his comment resonated with me.  I realize it may seem unbelievable to the politician/CEO/software billionaire/millionaire pundit riding in their limo to a private air strip where they'll fly first class to anywhere they want to in the world.  It may even seem amusing, but the truth is, there's nothing amusing about it.

Just ask Marie Antoinette.

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Comments

  1. Ankh, I've lost close to 10lbs between last summer and this summer. Diet? No. Exercise? I wish.

    Recession, man. Recession.

    To stretch meals, I've been cutting back in a major fashion, and I wasn't a Thick'ums McJenkins to begin with. So when I see/hear of these politicians and corporate heads in their SUVs and fancy suits talking about how they 'empathize' with the working/shrinking middle class and the poor during televised fancy dinner parties, I feel like kicking faces and bashing skulls.

    I hope my side-venture will work and help me get some money for school, cuz...*sigh* if it's nasty in U.S.A., it's rougher than a cat's tongue in JamRock right now.

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  2. How about the rich switch places with me for a month and I'll give them something to cry about.

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  3. "This is how revolutions begin...when educated people with full-time jobs are standing in Wal-Mart making life decisions over $6.50."
    This is the most hard-hitting statement I have heard in a long time.

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  4. @ leoprincess

    I hope your side ventures work out as well. And yes...as you can see by the extra articles I posted, it's quite nasty out here.

    @ Neo-Prodigy

    How about the rich switch places with me for a month and I'll give them something to cry about.

    How about we make the switch permanent? Because when they "go back", they'll just hook up with their pharmacist to help them forget the whole ordeal.

    @ MidwestAG

    Welcome to the bar.

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  5. Considering that I was technically homeless last week, I have zero sympathy for the bitchy rich.

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  6. I cant really complain right now. But... thats only because I'm not in school.

    When I was working part time and going to University I lived on energy drinks and vitamin water( I got it free from my work study job). I had to take a year off to work after that. This last semester killed me.

    The weird thing is I had "rich" friends at school. They always tried to make a false equivocations between their situations and mine. I found it incredibly patronizing. Your parents giving you a small allowance, doesn't make you poor/struggling. I didn't resent them though. I thought it was nice that they tried to emphasize and everything, many of them were genuinely good people.

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  7. LMAO @ Richy Bitchy

    Reminds me of this
    http://youtu.be/8bdeizHM9OU

    I don't know why she's sitting on that toilet BTW.

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  8. The overabundance of one's wealth can change that person's view of the world and their moral compass becomes distorted. Human's have made material possessions into status symbols.

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  9. As usual, I'm with Neo.

    @leoprincess: Thickums McJenkins? THAT IS FUNNY AS HELL!

    Ankh, you done said some real shit with this post. When you have to pause before making a purchase of something as simplistic as a pair of socks, that is a real sign of the times...and the revolution will be televised.

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  10. @ Amaya

    When you have to pause before making a purchase of something as simplistic as a pair of socks, that is a real sign of the times...and the revolution will be televised.

    And emailed. And Twittered. And Facebooked.

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  11. I've got a Master's degree and I pause daily with all my purchases because my job, as with many folks right now in the global economic recession (just call it a depression), is ridiculously low wage and part time. Can't get more hours because it is a conservative and regressive workplace. This job affords me the opportunity to live in a very beautiful part of Michigan but alas to do so you gotta live like this. I am happy otherwise because money doesn't buy happiness. A little more would help with bills, food, gas and maybe new clothes sometime soon!

    I don't have time for much privilege. Folks that say they give and that they are good people but they take much daily from others and walk on others back to get where they are at. I am dreaming if these folks will ever own up to their privileges and the damage they do daily in the world.

    Majority of the financially wealthy folks are missing many things in their lives such as a tolerance, understanding, compassion, empathy for others and live in a poverty of their soul and heart because they chase the emptiness of money. They have knack for treating us working class folks like shit, stepping over us, demanding things and not understanding that women, people of color and Indigenous people are forced into lower income brackets because of the system of white supremacy, patriarchy, colonialism and mainstream brouhaha. As I don't like to call them rich because I feel richness is found in heart, soul, spirit, how you treat people, the Earth, animals, etc!

    Oh vey... I needed to vent. But I love this piece Ankhesen Mié!

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