Johann Wagener 9-23-13
The following is a classic example of how an excessive amount of wealth affect someone. This couple actually believe that having a $100 million dollar grotesque mausoleum (they call a home) is more important than providing their 7,000 employees (and their families) with healthcare. These people believe that providing healthcare to the people who created their wealth is less important than hoarding money. The magic word is "profits" which these people do not want to share with anyone; regardless of the harm it may cause to others.
It's rare that you would ever hear one of these people say, "let's spend some of the profits on our employees because if it wasn't for them there would be no profits."
In this case the psychosis is acute in that it is a mutually shared fantasy where both people are out of touch with reality as this film demonstrates.
The Queen of Versailles (Official Movie Site) - Directed by Lauren Greenfield - Sundance Film Festival U.S. Directing Award: Documentary - Available on DVD & Blu-ray™ - Trailer, Pictures & More
A second example is the following letter this disturbed individual sent to his employees when fearing that a president whop advocated representing the "100%" rather than the "1%" would be reelected.
Westgate Resorts is not a public company. It is the domain of David Siegel, a staunch Republican. In fact, Siegel has publicly claimed credit for George W. Bush defeating Al Gore, saying "I had my managers do a survey on every employee [8,000 total]. If they liked Bush, we made them register to vote. But not if they liked Gore."
"The Queen of Versailles" depicts the dashing of Siegel's mansion dreams after the recession hit. But just months ago, he restarted construction on his personal Palace of Versailles (with the intention of selling it for $100 million) and told Reuters, "We're the most profitable we've ever been."
Huge mansion. Huge fortune. Profitable company. What could David Siegal have to complain about? Well, the demonization of the 1% by Barack Obama, for one thing. This truly amazing email went out to all Westgate employees yesterday. Bolding is ours.