Originally Posted by gwsat
Oink being excepted, an exception with which I agree, makes my point for me, I think. A person is not necessarily bad simply because he has an Ivy League education or has more money than I do. It's all individuals. I think we can agree, though, that Belfort and his cadre were wall to wall bad guys and most of them didn't even have Ivy League educations.
Oh, I agree. But in a lifetime of observation, it seems that an abnormally large percentage of those I would consider, because of their words and (mis)deeds, to be - shall we say - of a swinish
nature, have, through no fault (or often much effort, which was the point of my post above) of their own, amassed great fortunes. The have become quite, as Fitzgerald put so well, "different
from you and me".
To say that such observations are "the politics of envy" is to dismiss such observations as coming from a place of jealously, covetousness, or malice. Not so. I don't begrudge a man like Warren Buffet - one of your fellow midwesterners - a single cent of his vast fortune. He's one of the good guys. It's the bad
guys I have a problem with. It ain't that hard to tell 'em apart.