The Life of Affluence

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Yesterday the Department of Justice brought suit against a number of well known actors and actresses as well as wealthy business titans over a college admissions scandal.  In short, these people paid an intermediary by the name of William Singer to bribe college admission test supervisors to have others sit for the test instead of the children of the accusers.  In other cases, he bribed college sports coaches to recruit the individuals to their team, with no intention of ever playing on the team, for a bribe.  The "student" would be given a scholarship to play on the team.  In the US, grades and test scores really don't matter if a person has athletic talent (and that's another thread). Some of the coaches used the money towards the team while others simply pocketed the cash.  This sham involved what are "respected high end colleges."


In other words, the children of these wealthy and powerful people would not have had the grades or SAT scores to get into such institutions.  So instead their parents bribed their way in.  


These kids didn't spend hours upon hours of agonizing studying and prepping.  Or hours sweating like a horse on a playing field honing their skills enough to be awarded a sports scholarship to a prestigious school.  No, Mommy and Daddy took care of things.


What lessons did these kids take away?  If you are born of affluence and wealth you are above all what most people must endure.  Let the middle class and upper middle class kids spends hours a night studying as well as maybe hours a day on a playing field.  We can continue to party, socialize, post pictures of ourselves on social media, drive our parents bought for us $70,000 automobiles without a care in the world. Harvard, Yale, Princeton we're get in. Not only that when we get to college our wonderful party life will continue.  No one will dare give us failing grades.  Mommy and Daddy will see to that.  After all, it's all about people like us.  We will never be subject to the same rules as the "nobodies."


One day when these kids through connections, privilege and influence get jobs of importance in business and government how do you think they're view their workers or constituents?  I think we have our answer.  So when they make $25 million a year as a 30 year old CEO while a slew of people working in that same company are making $10 an hour do you think they might see a moral and ethical problem with that?  Doubtful.  When they tell their potential voters all the wonderful things they plan to do for them but do only the bidding of their fellow powerful and like minded friends should we be shocked?


I hear quite a lot, particularly here on WB, how the rich work so hard for their fortunes and we the peasants just don't have the right stuff to make it into their league.  Maybe we (at least I) didn't have parents that would find a way to bribe me into success while I lived the trust fund baby life.


While this investigation started before Trump I'm thrilled he did not try to shut it down.  He may have had a personal relationship with some of the accusers, including Singer (who is from Florida).  Just once it feels good that fame, money, and power didn't buy justice. To those young people, they should be flocked of their degrees.  Their employers should fire them for a forging a degree.  Maybe seeing Mommy and Daddy going to jail, even if a cozy white collar jail for a short duration (think Martha Stewart) might wake them out of their privileged stupor.  Breaking the bonds of poverty is a good thing.  And so is breaking the bounds of assumed and given success.


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