Johann Wagener 11-1-13
How dare the poor ask for a $4.00 a day stipend to buy some food. Especially if it means someone in the 1% club might be deprived of a $95,000.00 Truffle, or a $5,000.00 Hamburger by being taxed.
Wealthy excess has been a fact of life since the first king convinced local farmers to worship him as a god, but in modern times the wealthy have tended to be a bit more low key with their money. Until recently, anyway. In the five years since the Great Recession vastly increased global inequality to levels not seen since before World War II, the one percent have rediscovered a love for financial largess that rivals the court of Louis XIV. The world’s billionaires, it seems, want to spend their money ostentatiously, and to help them, entire niche markets have sprung up catering to that wish.