It has always bothered me a little that some rich people don’t give much money to charity. It also bothers me that some rich people vote Republican simply to keep their taxes low. I often cringe when I hear about them buying unnecessary luxury items that they can’t take with them when they die. I’ve previously called out Diddy for his epic failure when he purchased his 16 year old son (an unlicensed driver) a $350,000 Maybach for his birthday the same week Haitians were dying on my teevee in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake.
The natural response to my thoughts on this topic are, this is America and people are free to spend the money they earned however they want. I don’t argue with that. My point is that when new jobless claims have risen to 500,000 this week and 20 million people are displaced and suffering in Pakistan as a result of devastating floods (where relief agencies literally are begging for donations), I can’t help but be a little disgusted at an article in yesterday’s New York Times where a couple in Tribeca shows off the new aquarium they built in their basement. Aquariums of this size and type typically cost a minimum of $50,000 and can go up to as much as $200,000 not including the extra cost of $1,000/month for maintenance.