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  •  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 song....one 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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