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Victims who wear Prada

The top 1 percent are complaining that they are being “demonized” amid an epidemic of “class warfare,” said Barbara Ehrenreich at The Washington Post.

Barbara EhrenreichThe Washington Post

What is the latest group in America “to claim victim status”? asked Barbara Ehrenreich. It’s the superrich. You’d think people who haul in millions of dollars a year, own multiple mansions, and zip to Aspen on private jets would be exempt from self-pity—especially when the middle class faces declining wages and poverty rates are at a 40-year high. But no. The top 1 percent are complaining that they are being “demonized” amid an epidemic of “class warfare.” Why, President Obama has even proposed making the rich pay taxes at the same rate they paid before George W. Bush gave them a cut!

Not to be hard-hearted in the face of such persecution, but I can’t help thinking the rich “have been, perhaps inadvertently, asking for it.” While the rest of the country is suffering, the superrich are making more than ever, and have “embarked on a fresh orgy of spending”—Louboutin boots for $2,495 at Saks, Prada crocodile handbags for $41,000, and air-conditioned playhouses for their kids for $248,000. May I suggest some discretion—learning how to “dress inconspicuously for the street,” and hiding that McMansion with some high hedges? It’s better than, God forbid, paying higher taxes.

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