Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Peace on youse all

Don't really know what cranked him up or where he's going with it, but David Weidner got a bit shirty with seemingly everyone in this piece, The gilded age on the silver screen.

After talking down but not really taking down "a new film by Robert Greenwald, whose credits include "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" (2005) and "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism" (2004)" about private equity, he has the following barbs, obviously out of context but the context was hard to contextualize:

"The battle over the tax is a front line in this new class war in which private-equity execs are akin to robber barons at the turn of the 20th century. It's the shoeless paupers versus the powdered-wig set -- the guys with the private planes and the human chess sets.

Here's some advice. The underprivileged should keep the whining to themselves.... Life isn't fair, and taxes are worse.

On the other hand, the privileged should keep some of their $400 crab legs, $3 million birthday parties and impatience with squeaky shoes to themselves.... And you might consider paying tax at, say, three-quarters of the rate everyone else pays."

Guambat hopes he feels better now. Perhaps a cuppa, bit of Bex and a good lie-down.

Credit: Jean-Francois Lanzarone © Powerhouse Museum 2003.


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