It is hard for the 99 percent of Americans who have 60 percent of the wealth to empathize with the thoughts and complaints of the other 1 percent who have 40 percent of the wealth.
Joey Green wrote a satiric book about the complaints of the rich and famous. It pokes fun at the absurd drawbacks of being wealthy and the living in luxury problems.
Some examples in Green's book are:
- not having room for all the owner's cars in his 24-car garage
- not knowing which team to root for in games between the Houston Astros and the Baltimore Orioles because you own both teams
- being expected to stay awake in all opera performances when you have opera season box seats
- getting no respect for privacy from the paparazzi
- having assistants bring you coffee that is too hot
- having to do your yoga at sunrise.
The book's title is Champagne and Caviar Again?: Complaints of the Rich and Famous, co-authored with Debbie Green and Alan Corcoran, all living in southern California. It is available as a used paperback for $2.54 on Amazon.
There is also a Twitter account called @CelebsComplain_ where celebrities' whining complaints are retweeted. Read some examples on the College Candy website.
Tom Perkins, an 82-year-old whose net worth is 8 billion dollars, wrote a letter to the Wall Street Journal in January 2014 complaining Occupy Wall Street's war against America's wealthiest one percent was like the Nazis' anti-Semites Holocaust. In February 2014, he said people should be allowed to cast a number of votes in elections proportional to the amount of taxes they pay and asked his peers to support him in this.
Perhaps the Supreme Court listened to Perkins' call when they ruled on April 2, 2014 that individuals can give as much money as they want to federal election candidates across the nation, not exceeding the $5,200 cap per candidate. Apparently the previous $123,200 cap per election cycle was not enough for the wealthy.
If the wealthy cannot buy votes to get their way, they can always buy lobbyists. Wall Street spent 600 million dollars in lobbies in an effort to stop congressional-approved regulations that would impose stricter controls on them in an effort to avoid another financial meltdown like that in 2008.
The number of wealthy is growing. According to the 2014 Wealth Report by Knight Frank property management firm, in the last ten years the super-rich swelled by 59 percent; billionaires by 80 percent. The number of billionaires is now at 1,682; those with assets over 30 million is about 167,000.
United States immigrant visas were granted to 7,641 investors in 2012, 80 percent of which were Chinese investors. China is expected to have 322 billionaires by 2030, more than the countries of Britain, Russia, France and Switzerland combined.
Watch the video about Martha Stewart's complaints on twitter against Apple because she was still waiting for an Apple serviceman to come to her house to pick up and fix her iPad, the glass edges of which she had accidentally cracked that day, and mentions Steve Jobs gave it to her. Read the complete tweets on buzzfeed with some responses.
There is the old saying about not judging a person until you have walked a mile in his shoes. The knowledge that those shoes he is wearing are $30,000 House of Testori shoes makes it more difficult to take complaints about his tough life seriously.