Sunday, March 09, 2014

Job Creators Have Their Own Magazines


I live in a rich zip code; there aren't any multi-family dwellings near here except a couple of condos where they charge over a million dollars for an apartment. So everyone in the neighborhood gets free copies of very glossy magazines from Modern Luxury-- as do rich zip codes in Aspen, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Honolulu, Houston, Miami, NYC "and the Hampstons," Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco, Scottsdale and Washington, DC. Apparently, that where the money is. Their magazines look like they are very expensive to produce, certainly not throw-aways. And it's virtually impossible to distinguish between the editorial content and the advertising. That's how it's meant to be. I read it on the toilet the day it comes. It came yesterday.

What do people who keep hearing all this talk about potentially catastrophic wealth disparity and economic inequality think when they see page after page after page about shiny $10,000 baubles looking absolutely de rigeur for a certain set of people? Pages like this:

I think the ad is supposed to be editorial content-- it's part of a 12 page spread titled "Art Musing-- Eccentricity Comes In Many Colors" and, although there is no one claiming credit as a "writer," the photographer is Helena Palazzi and there is a stylist, James Aguiar. I know you can't read that caption, so…
Embellished silk dress, $13,550, at Prada, Beverly Hills; Ecaille spiky bow cuff, $1,020, at Louis Vuitton, Beverly Hills; Ksandra sandals, $1,945, by Edmundo Castillo at Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills; Caftan Moon turquoise hoop earrings, $450, by Aurelie Bidermann at Barneys New York, Beverly Hills; Evening Sea Breeze brocade leopard clutch in gold, $1,685, at Lanvin, Beverly Hills; Piume green nylon tights, $30, at Max Mara, Beverly Hills. Opposite page: Net embroidered gown, $12,000, at Valentino, Beverly Hills; sequin moccasins, price upon request, at Marc Jacobs, West Hollywood. Necklaces from top: Taste & Sense gold-plated brass necklace with vintage glass stones, sunset quartz, angelite stones and hand-cut leather petals, $805, by Lizzie Fortunato at shop; crystal link necklace, $1,190, at Oscar de la Renta, Melrose Place; Monteroso gold-plated necklace, $1,295, by Aurelie Bidermann at Barneys New York, Beverly Hills; silk and polyester scarf in red (on seat), $690, at Lanvin, Beverly Hills; carved rose bracelet, $395, and gold flower earrings, $450, both at Oscar de la Renta, Melrose Place.
There's 12 pages of that. Actually, there's 153 pages of it. And these are the people for whom Paul Ryan and our political elites are bickered about how much to cut "entitlements." Because… baby needs new shoes. It's the American way. Think about it at Church today… about Ryan's complaint that the Left is trying to give starving children full stomachs and empty souls. I'm sure Paul Ryan and his brood are. Next time they tell you to settle for the lesser of two evils, think about what Bernie said up top and what Grayson said bellow and, bookmark this link. This uncontrollable, murderous, destructive greed and selfishness has got to stop.

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At 10:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I gravitate to the calculations, based on ultra-rich net worth compared to the "bottom 50% of Americans, combined" numbers.

There are insufficient numbers to make that calculation here, but the gist of the Forbes article gives no reason to think that previous general conclusions have changed: the average net worth of the poorest 150 million Americans is on the order of a monthly phone bill for that lady in the hideous dress ... assuming she has a thrifty call plan and controls herself a bit that month.

John Puma


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