Green with Envy

This Week’s Poll!

This week, the Pew Research Center reported that a whopping two-thirds of the country now sees a strong conflict between the haves and the have-nots — a figure that’s up 19 percentage points since just a few years ago. But, according to the psycho-rich Mitt Romney (who happens to be among the three self-proclaimed GOP prez frontrunners), “you’re all just jealous.”

Well, we suppose we are a little jealous of someone who can dismiss about $400,000 in recent speaking fees as “not very much.”

And us losers who shell out taxes might enjoy paying instead what Mitt calls “probably closer to the 15 percent rate than anything.” Not that Mitt necessarily did anything illegal in contributing so little. It’s just how the system works in the post-Reagan era and why the middle class bears an unprecedented burden of the federal budget.

So is Mitt right? Are we just jealous?

We have a sneaking suspicion that Mitt is actually jealous of us. Money doesn’t buy happiness, it’s said. And it’s lonely at the top. Is it possible that Mitt and the rest of the 1% are just projecting? Aren’t there lots of reasons for the rich to be jealous of the poor?

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