Right wingers are fond of claiming that poor folks living on unemployment start to feel entitled to a life of ramen noodles and turkey dogs.
Reg Henry, at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, points out that moral lapses do not respect wealth; he suggests that rich folks just as easily can feel entitled to a life of idleness playing golf and yachting to the Caymans to visit their money.
But, he says, there are exceptions:
For example, I know of a fellow who, despite winning the birth lottery, had the gumption and smarts to create a highly successful business. After a period of becoming wealthy in his own right, he then decided to rest on his bounteous laurels and run for president.
Trouble is, he can’t relate to anyone now. He is so desperate to be liked by ordinary people that he will say any old conservative thing just to show he is one of the boys.
It is a sad spectacle because it’s such a waste of obvious talent. Instead of investing money in a Swiss bank or the Cayman Islands, he could start another business right here in America, maybe producing special harnesses that could keep dogs safe on the roof of the family car.