Shut Yer Gobs An' Gimme Another Tax Break, Ya Fookin' Peasants
Die Dicke Gina (Twitter via LA Times Online)
David Lazarus in the LA Times Online shares the wisdom of the ages with The Fookin' Masses, as channeled by the world's richest female -- a person who apparently doesn't actually do anything, except spend money and, uh, eat.
...here's the world's wealthiest woman, Australian mining tycoon Gina Rinehart, with some helpful advice.Lower their minimum wage? Of course -- only through austerity, obeying one's betters, and enforced thift can the toiling, little people someday leave the fields and stables, and become one of the house servants! -- perhaps, even Gina's Chocolate and Foster's Fetcher!
"If you're jealous of those with more money, don't just sit there and complain," she said in a magazine piece. "Do something to make more money yourself -- spend less time drinking or smoking and socialising, and more time working."
...Rinehart made her money the old-fashioned way: She inherited it. Her family['s] iron ore prospecting fortune of $30.1 billion makes her Australia's wealthiest person and the richest woman on the planet... "There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire," she said... "Become one of those people who work hard, invest and build, and at the same time create employment and opportunities for others."
...Why are people poor? Rinehart blamed what she described as "socialist," anti-business government policies, and urged Australian officials to lower the minimum wage and cut taxes.
"The millionaires and billionaires who choose to invest in Australia are actually those who most help the poor and our young," she said. "This secret needs to be spread widely."
Australia's mining billionaires have (with the support of Little Rupert's media in Aussieland, Aber Natürlich) demanded fewer taxes on their profits, fewer environmental restrictions on the pollution levels of their industrial processes, and have paid Rightist politicians for decades to give them what they want -- much like the 196 people in America who expect to purchase the 2012 election.
Fortunately, for Australians and regular humans everywhere, there are sentient beings in their current, center-left government. Reading Big Gina's sweaty, waddling remarks infuriated Australia's Treasurer, Wayne Swan, who has criticized Rinehart, along with other Australian mining barons, for financing "self-interested" campaigns against the Australian government's position on mining taxes, limiting environmental degradation, and criminal penalties to prevent persons who are 'more than plus-sized' from wearing spandex in public.
Swan said, "These sorts of comments are an insult to the millions of Australian workers who go to work and slog it out to feed the kids and pay the bills," Swan said. "[Rinehart apparently regards Australians as] lazy workers who drink and socialise too much."
The president of Australia's mining union, Tony Maher, also chimed in: "At the same time as trying to import cheap foreign labor and avoid paying tax, Rinehart claims it's millionaires and billionaires who are the greatest [force] for social good."
"What planet is she living on?" Good question. Whatever planet that is, clearly, Big Gina believes that she is one of the Owners of it -- the part with sofas and chairs that don't break down too easily.
The Rich, like chronic or sexually-transmitted disease, will always be with us. Unless some other events intervene, I predict we'll have to continue putting up with similar, self-serving blubber for some time.