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  •  Your Title Immediately Caught My Eye (11+ / 0-)

    Maybe not important, except probably interesting if you ask yourself, because I bet many would choose songs like this. . .

    Saw a question in Rolling Stone: something like "if you could've written one song ever what would it be?". The idiot who they asked said "girls, girls, girls"

    I ask people, generally they luckily don't ask me (It's hard to pick one). Have heard some great answers (especially when they understand it's not for $, its about the story/lyrics etc., tells you a lot: my sister had a good choice in "Blowing in the Wind" have heard a lot of other great ones "Don't Roll Those Bloodshot Eyes At me", "Hallelujah".

    When I have to pick one I am caught between Comfortably Numb, Imagine, Hey Jude, Yellow Ledbetter, Satisfied Mind, Purple Rain, and of course
    Working Class Hero (Man in the Mirror maybe, Propoganda):

    As soon as you're born they make you feel small
    By giving you no time instead of it all
    Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all
    A working class hero is something to be

    They hurt you at home and they hit you at school
    They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool
    Till you're so *ing crazy you can't follow their rules
    A working class hero is something to be

    When they've tortured and scared you for twenty-odd years
    Then they expect you to pick a career
    When you can't really function you're so full of fear
    A working class hero is something to be

    Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
    And you think you're so clever and classless and free
    But you're still ***ing peasants as far as I can see

    A working class hero is something to be

    There's room at the top they're telling you still
    But first you must learn how to smile as you kill
    If you want to be like the folks on the hill

    A working class hero is something to be
    If you want to be a hero well just follow me

    •  But we do have 1 thing on the 1% . . . (6+ / 0-)

      I usually go with Comfortably numb, Imagine, or Satisfied Mind.

      I can definitely say (I am going with Johnny Cash's) seeing the very wealthy I work for, yes they may get a lot more gallons of milk, but I would not trade spots with most any. They live in a world that that is the only measuring stick of success, and ruin their own lives (and what your average person considers the reason why they are working).

      They are truly not happy. And it's actually made me think much more- of how lucky I am, and while I think I started my own LLC, I am not making that.

      That's the one thing they'll never get. They can't they are mostly too far gone (the 1%, they feel it deep down, I know some of the hardest, and they hurt, but they chose it, and would gladly trade places with many of us just to have people that love them and years back). At least we have that. I don't say satirically at all, I truly mean it. I dated someone and made their relationship (extremely wealthy) better with their father, and I think it was probably the best investment (having me date her, allowing, etc) he ever made (they'll never admit).

      Satisfied Mind:
      How many times have
      You heard someone say
      If I had his money
      I could do things my way

      But little they know
      That it's so hard to find
      One rich man in ten
      With a satisfied mind

      Once I was winning
      In fortune and fame
      Everything that I dreamed for
      To get a start in life's game

      Then suddenly it happened
      I lost every dime
      But I'm richer by far
      With a satisfied mind

      Money can't buy back
      Your youth when you're old
      Or a friend when you're lonely
      Or a love that's grown cold

      The wealthiest person
      Is a pauper at times
      Compared to the man
      With a satisfied mind

      When life has ended
      And my time has run out
      My friends and my loved ones
      Believe there's no doubt

      But there's one thing for certain
      When it comes my time
      I'll leave this old world
      With a satisfied mind

      How many times have
      You heard someone say
      If I had his money
      I could do things my way

      But little they know
      That it's so hard to find
      One rich man in ten
      With a satisfied min

      •  Awesome posts (2+ / 0-)

        thank you.

        As to the JC rich man in ten, well, there's our problem.

        The 9 out of 10 who imagine they are rich, and continue to fight for the rich, aren't part of that top 1% now are they. I am acquainted with several elders who imagine themselves to be of that class. They are not, though they fight tooth and nail to deny it, and deny the rest of us a tiny part of the pie that is our due.

        They imagine we're coming for "them", they don't realize they are us.

        And that's why they're sad, sad, sad.

        •  Thank you- Agree with all (1+ / 0-)
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          And actually I would add. Due to being in house counsel at various businesses, you are absolutely correct about how people judge themselves. And we imagine them.

          I've come to realize the more money most appear to have, for many, the more debt. It's hard to find 1 in 10 who believe they have to act like a 1% but aren't when you get down to it. But they can't imagine the fact that they aren't. Sure you have a $500,000.00 house, but you have a $450,000.00 mortgage (similar for rental properties many have many but again, the banks are even making hard on them and when you do the math you are absolutely right they are not at all of that Class.

          Completely agree as to everything, I remember in the Debt Ceiling discussion I was at this Securities Firm Office (very big firm) and someone who imagined themselves to be 1% Im sure, was talking about not raising it and I said (shouldnt have as I am an attorney not to get into politics, was just not a client so was talking loose) "talking about what we'll do in not raising the debt ceiling is like talking about what you'll do the day after you commit suicide".  I am quite sure he had no sympathy for Ford, etc but I would have to believe due to his business he probably is fighting his own CH 11's and probably is not even solvent today.

          You get success, you get credit, you get too much debt.

          I'd add they aren't sad (getting back to personal experience) about the government taking their money. It was funny I saw a company get a rebate check for the ACA and had no clue why. They just sit and watch CNBC and the stock meter. All day. They're sad when the bell rings, and that's all they have- to keep working. And their families hate them for it.

          •  That is to clarify (0+ / 0-)

            1/10 might actually be not debt riddled. Most are so cross-collateralized who knows if they are worth more, they think so, but it's an illusion.

            Although peronally, from what I see the banks are the problem. Some companies I work at, if they lent like they aer supposed to, the top ppl would gladly hire, not cut hours, etc. But instead the banks are just on a Capital Strike. So when you get to those Debt filled individuals, I'd guess a lot aren't doing for the $ (I'm sure many are) they are doing to keep together what they have, and belief (that is hurting the smaller guys- because the smaller guys do tasks that make them money).

            The banks simply don't care.

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