According to Bud Konheim, the 99% in the U.S. should be counting their lucky stars. On a recent episode of CNBC’s “Squawk Box” the Nicole Miller CEO expressed a distaste for the 99%’s lack of global relativism.
“We’ve got a country that the poverty level is wealth in 99% of the rest of the world. So we’re talking about woe is me, woe is us, woe is this. Here we are, incredibly wealthy,” Konheim said. So here’s a “guy that’s making, oh my God he’s making $35,000 a year, why don’t we try that out in India or some countries we can’t even name. China, anyplace, that guy is wealthy.”
The show’s host thanked Konheim for his comment, “Our 99% are the 1% in the rest of the world. I agree, thank you.”
Tom Perkins is another billionaire that has recently been the subject of scrutiny for his comments on the relationship of the “1%” and the “99%”. Perkins wrote a letter to The Wall Street Journal where he called for a close examination and end to the villainization of the 1%.
“I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its one percent, namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the rich,” Perkins said.
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Somehow these billionaires have convinced themselves that they deserve pity from the men and women they make their fortunes off of.
Perkins later apologised for the use of ‘Kristallnacht’ but stood by his argument that the 1% are being unjustly villainized. The Kristallnacht was a night of violence against Jews that occurred before World War II throughout Nazi Germany.
So there you have it, if you’re a member of the 99%, which 99% of us are, you should feel lucky that you aren’t poorer.
Joshua is a writer and researcher with Ring of Fire. You can follow him on Twitter @Joshual33.