You all know I'm a fan of Kardashian reality TV, but I understand that some people don't get it. Why is she famous? they ask me. I say something about a sex tape, but really we all know she benefited from that elusive and magical Hollywood equation, famous for being famous. How one achieves that status is difficult to know, and yet stars with no discernible talent at all continue to abound.
But Hollywood is not the only mythical land (the land of all people beautiful) with such magical powers. Wall Street (the land of all people wealthy) has some tricks up its sleeve too. While Hollywood creates people who are famous for being famous, Wall Street manufactures people who are rich for being rich. Because we've all heard that old saying that you have to have money to make money. But then what about all of us who aren't already famous, or don't already have money? Well, we are doomed to be destitute and ugly forever.
Mitt Romney, and his super-rich peers are rich for being rich. Let's be clear, I am NOT saying that all rich people came from money or that no rich people worked hard for their money. But once they had it, the money started doing some of the work for them. And unlike Hollywood's hocus pocus we know exactly why that is. It's because the tax code, determined by legislators, favors money made from money rather than money made from work.
And I don't even need study upon study that shows such a preference doesn't in fact stimulate the economy, entrepreneurship, or job creation to know that that just. isn't. fair.
*Thank you to US Weekly for this fabulous photo since I don't myself have Photoshop