To the list of liberals who vote for higher taxes -- and then proceed to complain about them -- add comedian Bill Maher. Incredibly, the caustic, left-wing Maher recently warned, "ln California, I just want to say: Liberals -- you could actually lose me." As a resident of California, a state with high income taxes, Maher complained that his taxes are "over 50 percent." ... Maher said, "Rich people ... actually do pay the freight in this country ... like 70 percent" of the taxes.
A full 85 percent of Obama’s SuperPAC money comes from his 20 largest donors (compared to 70 percent of the money raised by Romney’s SuperPAC), according to Russ Choma at the Center for Responsive Politics.
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Greed
Gregory Soros, the artist son of the billionaire and Democratic financier George Soros, is selling his $12 million Manhattan home, less than three years after he bought it. The five-story, 5,700-square-foot townhouse features a rooftop basketball court.
Hypocrisy, Character, Greed, Communism, Theft
Criminal Justice International Associates (CJIA), a risk assessment and global analysis firm in Miami, estimated in a recent report that the Chávez Frías family in Venezuela has “amassed a fortune” similar to that of the Castro brothers in Cuba. According to Jerry Brewer, president of CJIA, “the personal fortune of the Castro brothers has been estimated at a combined value of around $2 billion.” “The Chávez Frías family in Venezuela has amassed a fortune of a similar scale since the arrival of Chávez to the presidency in 1999,” said Brewer in an analysis published in their website.
Democrat, Liberal, Election, Narrative
In an election that often focused on debates about class warfare, President Barack Obama was favored over multimillionaire businessman Mitt Romney in eight of the nation's 10 wealthiest counties. And his margin of victory in all eight counties was greater than that of the national vote, in which Obama was leading by 50 percent to 48 percent with 97 percent of precincts reporting.
Environmentalist, Hypocrisy, Liberal, Financial, Greed
Before a rapt audience, Al Gore flashed slides on a giant screen bearing the logos of 11 clean energy companies he predicted could help slow climate change. “We can’t wait. . . . We have a planetary emergency,” the former vice president told industry leaders and scientists at the 2008 conference. “Here are just a few of the investments that I personally think make sense.” ... Just before leaving public office in 2001, Gore reported assets of less than $2 million; today, his wealth is estimated at $100 million.
“Passionate, organized hatred is the element missing in all that we do to try to change the world,” said Ortiz, a retired professor from Cal State East Bay. “Now is the time to spread hate, hatred for the rich.”
Democrat, Liberal, Obama, Narrative, Oops, Greed
A Mexican telecom mogul who holds the title of world's richest man, and one of President Obama's top donors are both getting even richer from the U.S. government program that supplies so-called "Obamaphones" to the poor. Carlos Slim, who has an estimated net worth of $70 billion, owns a controlling stake in TracFone, which makes $10 per phone for each device it provides to poor Americans.
Government, Financial, Debt
More than 21,000 retired federal workers receive lifetime government pensions of $100,000 or more per year, a USA TODAY/Gannett analysis finds. Of these, nearly 2,000 have federal pensions that pay $125,000 or more annually, and 151 take home $150,000 or more. Six federal retirees get more than $200,000 a year.
Liberal, Crime, Character, Degeneracy, Protest
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dozens of college students from around Northern California crammed into a branch of the Bank of America as part of an afternoon protest march through downtown San Francisco today and chanted "shame, shame" as about 100 of them were arrested over more than two hours. The protesters denounced University of California regents, calling them rich people who are callous to the economic woes of public higher education.
Editorial, Government, Financial, Press, Greed, Jobs
According to CPB's 2009 tax forms, President and CEO Patricia de Stacy Harrison received $298,884 in reportable compensation and another $70,630 in other compensation from the organization and related organizations that year. That's practically a pittance compared to Kevin Klose, president emeritus of NPR, who received more than $1.2 million in compensation, according to the tax forms the nonprofit filed in 2009.
The packages for the Democratic Convention in Charlotte are tiered. Top fundraisers and donors are given "premier credentials" that access luxury suites and the convention floor. They also grant donors hotel locations with close proximity to party leadership events, and special access to a special hospitality house near the convention floor. Someone who raises $1 million tops the list, while top flight packages are also spelled out for those who donate $100,000 directly, or raise more than $650,000 (Trustee Package), $500,000 (Piedmont Package), $250,000 (Dogwood Package) and on down.
Environmentalist, Liberal, Crime, Violence, Terrorism, Vandalism
The fires that torched three nearly completed houses were all ignited by birthday candles that had been attached to the handles of plastic jugs filled with gasoline. And the messages spray-painted on another house in the subdivision that snowy, Dec. 30 morning did not seem particularly auspicious either: ''ELF'' ''Stop Urban Sprawl.'' ''If You Build It We Will Burn It.'' And, finally, ''Burn the Rich.''
Hypocrisy, Editorial, Liberal, Narrative, Oops
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Just too damn rich. Is Mitt Romney with his $250 million, his accounts Zurich and the Caymans too far removed to know what life in America is about?... According to the website Celebrity Net Worth, Matthews' fortune is $16 million with an annual salary of $5 million.
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Narrative, Press
"He's a guy who's been incredibly successful in his life and career. He's made a lot of money, it's not a crime...can [he] identify with the middle class and the underclass in this country?"
Matt Lauer is building a state-of-the -art horse farm in the Hamptons after buying a 47.5-acre spread near his and wife Annette Roque’s Water Mill home. The property, which boasts ocean views, is down the road from the couple’s $15 million mansion.
Liberal, Narrative, Press, Greed
Sources connected to NBC tell TMZ ... Lauer was done with "Today" and wanted out -- but the word at the network is he will now re-sign if NBC ponies up way more than the $17 mil he's currently making.
Hypocrisy, Editorial, Liberal, Tax
Their last publicly released tax returns in 2003 revealed that they paid a rate of 13.4% on a declared income of $5.5 million. This from the man who, just last year, tried to avoid half a million dollars in taxes by anchoring his yacht in Rhode Island rather than Massachusetts. Estimates pin Kerry’s net worth somewhere between $700 million and $3.2 billion compared to Romney’s lower net worth of $202 million.
Democrat, Environmentalist, Hypocrisy, Liberal
Former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, have added a Montecito-area property to their real estate holdings, reports the Montecito Journal... The couple spent $8,875,000 on an ocean-view villa on 1.5 acres with a swimming pool, spa and fountains, a real estate source familiar with the deal confirms. The Italian-style house has six fireplaces, five bedrooms and nine bathrooms.
Environmentalist, Hypocrisy, Warming, Editorial
Of the festivals of nonsense that periodically overtake American politics, surely the silliest is the argument that because Washington is having a particularly snowy winter it proves that climate change is a hoax and, therefore, we need not bother with all this girly-man stuff like renewable energy, solar panels and carbon taxes.
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded- here and there, now and then- are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.This is known as "bad luck." -Robert Heinlein
Liberal, Crime, Character, Abortion, Greed
According to the grand jury's report, it's estimated that Gosnell, 69, made almost $1.8 million each year in abortions alone - and most of it was cash from desperate, poor women.
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Funny, Oops, Protest, Greed
The top 25 richest celebrities supporting Occupy Wall Street, according to the website Celebrity Net Worth, possess a combined net worth just over $4 billion. While JP Morgan and Chase banker Jamie Dimon (worth $200 million) was one of the targets of the ''millionaires march,'' he has a net worth less than five of the celebrities supporting OWS.
Liberal, Financial, Narrative, Oops, Press, Greed
Indeed, outgoing CEO Janet Robinson -- the unnamed executive-- will reportedly take home a $15 million exit package, according to Reuters. Times staffers with stock options have seen the share price drop from over $35 at the beginning of Robinson's tenure in 2003 to less than $8 at opening on Tuesday.
Liberal, Crime, Character, Abortion, Greed
Dr. Kermit Gosnell got rich off of his "house of horrors" clinic -- now he faces eight counts of murder
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Press
The New York Times Company today abruptly announced that its 61-year-old chief executive officer, Janet Robinson... An SEC filing says Ms. Robinson will get $4.5 million plus health insurance... The Times itself reported that Ms. Robinson's pay in 2009 was $4.9 million, so she'll earn almost as much as a retired consultant as as a full-time CEO.
Democrat, Liberal, Narrative
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) saw her net worth rise 62 percent last year, cementing her status as one of the wealthiest members of Congress. Pelosi was worth at least $35.2 million in the 2010 calendar year, according to a financial disclosure report released Wednesday. She reported a minimum of $43.4 million in assets and about $8.2 milion in liabilities.
Most people know that wealth in the U.S. is in the hands of a small percentage of the total population. And, today, most of those folks with a net worth of $1 million or more have earned it themselves. They're mostly entrepreneurs who create everything from high-speed networks to garbage haulers.