One got his first job with his Dad’s pull. He started his career at MBNA, that’s the big credit card conglomerate. He rose to senior vice president in two years.
He then got a plum job in the Clinton Commerce Department specializing in electronic commerce. Three years later he returned to MBNA as a high-paid consultant to give them access to the Clinton administration. That led to founding a lobbying firm. He brought in $4 million in fees. Then- senator Obama granted earmarks to this lobbying firm’s clients.
He was then named to several corporate board positions. One was Paradigm Global Advisors a hedge fund holding company. That went bust losing clients millions and creating tons of litigation. No problem, this superstar got a board position on Amtrak.
I play golf once a year at a small country club on the Indiana/Michigan border. I saw this young man’s name on the list they post for members who are in arrears on their monthly dues.
Next, this man, who is 43 years old, got a special waiver to join the navy. It included an exemption to be commissioned an officer without attending officer-training school. This despite a prior drug offense. This was the navy reserve so he could keep all his other jobs. In less than a year he was kicked out of the navy when he tested positive for cocaine.
That’s one-percenter number one. He’s worth well north of a million dollars. A target of Occupy Wall Street.
The second person got his first job at age 14 busing tables at a Greyhound bus station. He attended college on a partial athletic scholarship. He washed dishes at a soriety house for meals and worked construction in the summer. One summer working a second job as an overhead crane operator at a pipe plant.
He started in the management training program at the nation’s largest bank. He took his army physical, and, when rejected for an old sports injury, he started a new job at an oil company. He rose through the ranks and moved his family 10 times in the first 14 years of the marriage. His company sent him to Harvard for executive education. In a 34 year career he put the maximum in the 401K and held stock options until they were expiring, then cashed them and held the stock. He had no less than 16 different jobs in that career. Each had goals that needed to be met to keep the job or move on. It’s called accountability in the real world.
He retired early because he could afford to retire. He took an active role in investing the lump-sum retirement and other assets he owned after retirement. He dodged the tech bubble and the mortgage bubble. He and his wife have always lived below their means and saved and invested prudently.
He, too, is a one-percenter.
Who is the first example? Robert Hunter Biden. A loser who has gotten every opportunity through his father’s political connections. Makes you feel real good that he participates on the management of Amtrak, doesn’t it?
How about old dad ranting and raving in every speech about those one-percenters? Playing the class warfare card every day of his pathetic life. Old Joe from Scranton, dead broke like the Clinton’s when they left the White House while creating a multimillionaire coke sniffing deadbeat son.
Who is the second example? Me. And I’m damned tired of being chastised by the likes of Joe Biden. A man who has lived at the teat of the public cow his entire life. I earned my 1% status through hard work and with family sacrifice.
The Kennedy’s, the Obama’s, the Biden’s, and the Clinton’s and all who play the class-warfare card can jolly well kiss my ass.