"He needed four hundred thousand dollars a year to live on." Need - "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
“Our problem, frankly, is as long as the President remains anti-wealth, anti-business, anti-energy, anti-private-aviation, he will never get the business community behind him. The problem and the complication is the forty or fifty per cent of the country on the dole that support him.” Actually, I think you're the problem, Cooperman. A hypersensitive, over-entitled, completely callous human being with absolutely no perspective or sense of social responsibility.
@stuffisthings Actually I think he's just jealous that the guy above him on the Forbes 400 is a Democrat.
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I spent $0 this weekend by taking a free archery lesson, working on a 1000 piece puzzle, and watching the first season of Once Upon a Time on Netflix.
@Vicky No reason to be defensive, it was just my opinion. @josefinastrummer I think that's a perfectly valid perspective on it. My perspective was that the author was intentionally pointing out the irony that his anger was not about losing the surfboard (because he didn't even use it, as he said), but because of the background of the person that took it - as if that should make a difference when someone steals something.
Nothing like the righteous indignation in the comments section of Our Classless Society posts. It just proves the tag's point over and over and over again.
@Vicky I agree - he lost me there and in a few other places. Most of what I got out of this was "I am bitter and angry." It was very bilious and resentful. I don't really get the hating on the rich/fortunate either, but I do understand frustration with the current state of affairs. American society is not a fair society, and many people (on both sides of the political aisle, but heavily on one side of the class divide) are bitter and angry. I didn't see this as one man complaining about his life (although sometimes his complaints were pretty weak), but I took it in the context of massive national discontentment and disillusionment.
@Vicky I am fairly certain the surfboard story (and some, but not all, anecdotes in this piece) were intentionally written that way in the hope people would catch the irony that the author recognizes in them. Just my two cents.
I feel like I am old enough to have that hard kernel of resentment, frustration, and anger lodged firmly inside me, but still young enough to hope and work for something better - "better" being fulfilling, sustaining work. This was a great read, although it was probably a sour/harsh preview into my hardened, defeated, embittered future. I appreciate the diversity in perspective, thanks for publishing. It is a nice punctuation to the youthful perspective coming from most contributors on this site.
I think cutting the credit limit of people aggressively paying down debt without incurring any additional debt is the credit card companies' passive/aggressive way of telling you that you are no fun to party with anymore and while they don't really want to break up, they just think they should start seeing other, more spendy debtors.