Let them eat cake

Bernard Marcus

Our some time correspondent, Tennessee William Shakespeare sent me a link and I wrote a friend who used to work for Bloomberg News to ask if this story, written by one Max Abelson for Bloomberg Business Week was tongue in cheek. He replied no, it was totally serious.

Dimon, 55, whose 2010 compensation was $23 million, joined billionaires including hedge-fund manager John Paulson and Home Depot Inc. co-founder Bernard Marcus in using speeches, open letters and television appearances to defend themselves and the richest 1 percent of the population targeted by Occupy Wall Street demonstrators.

If successful businesspeople don’t go public to share their stories and talk about their troubles, “they deserve what they’re going to get,” said Marcus, 82, a founding member of Job Creators Alliance, a Dallas-based nonprofit that develops talking points and op-ed pieces aimed at “shaping the national agenda,” according to the group’s website. He said he isn’t worried that speaking out might make him a target of protesters.

“Who gives a crap about some imbecile?” Marcus said. “Are you kidding me?”

I want a reality show where the Billionaires come on every day and talk about their troubles. It could be like the old TV show “Queen for a Day”. The 1 Percenter with the biggest sob story wins a brand new dishwasher.

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15 Responses to Let them eat cake

  1. woodnsoul says:

    Does the dishwasher come with a valet? A Maid? Is the dishwasher Latino or Black? These are important considerations…

  2. woodnsoul says:

    Do we need to be concerned about the dishwasher stealing the silver? The china? Bearer bonds?

    Will they be thoroughly vetted?

  3. Ken Ballweg says:

    We need to be concerned if it will be “Mexikin” taken’ a job from a black ninth grader.

  4. len says:

    There is the face of a man who knows he can still buy everything he needs to live the life he wants to live. Self-satisfied, smug, not a little conceited and able to make all of that acceptable by virtue of his access to wealth to direct value.

    You can’t fault him his accomplishments. You can question his need to direct certain values we all have in common. If they do a show, SNL will do it better.

    Money is bullshit. You need it to enhance access to control over value. OTW, numbers of no value except to each other. Here you want to pay attention to what Morgan says about writing the obits. Money to media is how they come to like you. The value of the money is and only is that. It doesn’t mean the media consumers will and this is the leverage value you need. Money cannot create the message.

  5. Alex Bowles says:

    I’m fairly sure “I am a job creator” is the new “go fuck yourself.” The one difference is that the latter is more elegant, given it manages to delivers the exact same message with 40% fewer words.

    That said, the new and improved version does up the stakes on the deluded megalomania front by implying that the holy trinity of supply, demand, and the ability connect them all reside in the person of a single god-like individual, while the rest of humanity possesses nothing in terms of the skill or knowledge that are indispensable components of any good job.

    With a view of others this fantastically low, it’s no surprise that he couldn’t find a better tailor.

  6. Amber in Albuquerque says:

    I’m fairly sure “I am a job creator” is the new “go fuck yourself.”

    That’s priceless!

  7. JTMcPhee says:

    So does that make Cheney a Job Creator?

  8. Alex Bowles says:

    @JTMcPhee He’s a job creator of the very first order.

  9. woodnsoul says:

    I’m with Amber on this one! Positively priceless! A truly great sound bite!

    I think Cheney “takes out” as many has he creates – jobs that is. Actually, with a bit more thought, he takes out more jobs than he creates and is a “job destructor [this has a computer-like pronunciation]”. And he occasionally likes to shot some job holders – not sure how that fits in…

  10. len says:

    he occasionally likes to shot some job holders – not sure how that fits in…

    It fits perfectly in career fields where one is fired with prejudice.

  11. JTMcPhee says:

    Hey, c’mon — he only shooted a corporate lawyer, fer Crissake! That’s kind of a “gimme” in my book. And he didn’t even kill the guy. Warrants a Mulligan then, no?

    And that’s the only person he personally has shooted. That we know of, at least.

    Lest we forget Dickless “I’m REALLY in charge here” Chainmail’s scope : http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/09/08/military-officials-ignored-cheneys-911-shoot-down-order/

    Newly published audio this week reveals that Vice President Dick Cheney’s infamous Sept. 11, 2001 order to shoot down rogue civilian aircraft was ignored by military officials, who instead ordered pilots to only identify suspect aircraft.

    That revelation is one of many in newly released audio recordings compiled by investigators for the 9/11 Commission, published this week by The Rutgers Law Review. Featuring voices from employees at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and American Airlines, the newly released multimedia provides a glimpse at the chaos that emerged as the attack progressed.

    Most striking of all is the revelation that an order by Vice President Dick Cheney was ignored by the military, which saw his order to shoot down aircraft as outside the chain of command. Instead of acknowledging the order to shoot down civilian aircraft and carrying it out, NORAD ordered fighters to confirm aircraft tail numbers first and report back for further instructions.

    Cheney’s order was given at “about 10:15″ a.m., according to the former VP’s memoirs, but the 9/11 Commission Report shows United flight 93 going down at 10:06 a.m. Had the military followed Cheney’s order, civilian aircraft scrambling to get out of the sky could have been shot down, exponentially amplifying the day’s tragedy.

    Merry Christmas, Everybody! And God bless us, every one!

  12. Amber in Albuquerque says:

    We’re gonna need it.

  13. len says:

    Locked away this Christmas. No visits or visitors. I will look at the beautiful tree Dana decorated, bang away at the VB and remember playing music with the band this summer, the friendship of rehearsal, the excitement of improvising with Michael Stewart as he prayed. Mike prays like a musician, feels the phrasing and goes there taking all with him. It was sublime. These are the good moments of 2011 for moi. Merry Christmas, my lovelies. See ya next year.

  14. JTMcPhee says:

    Len, prayers and blessings be yours, and healing. Thank you for all your largesse and largeness of spirit. May you and those you love and those you understand be kept safe from predators and parasites through this next year.

  15. len says:

    Hello, JTMc. Really, thanks. May your boat be free of barnacles and your eyes free of rust.

    Looking at the tit and tat of Jon’s Xmas blog as the rightful become the frightful, it is a good time to be nobody. Somebodies are self-consuming first and then the scavengers pick over the rest. Nobodies run out the line to nowhere and for anyone there, they hold up a sign that says “Welcome.” Lonely is the easiest disease there is to cure. Just say “hello.

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