Sharpening the Pitchfork

by matttbastard

Oh FFS, part deux:

“Last February, an heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune wrote on the Huffington Post, ‘For the mega-rich, recession brings with it the ability to live well at a lower cost and with less of a hassle.’

In Decemeber, Arianna Huffington’s daughter Christina came out at New York’s International Debutante Ball.* The organizer’s justification for the $14000 a table event: ‘Watches cost more.'”

Watches.

Cost.

More.

Buh?!

Ok, not to get all class war and shit, but. a FUCKING COMING OUT PARTY IN 2009 DURING A FUCKING RECESSION?! You know what? Fuck it — Sarah, via email (h/t), is absolutely fucking correct:

[T]hat’s exactly when we need to get all class war. Right now, when even my Republican parents are pissed about bailouts and CEO pay.

I mean,  an asymmetrical class war has already been going on for too fucking long (Tax cuts! Welfare reform! Deregulation!), only with hostilities coming from the top down–and they’ve been kicking our fucking asses. With all that wealth still concentrated at the VERY top,  it’s about goddamn time the little people finally started fighting back. Because it really, really says something that some people (even nominal progressives ) still have the fucking stones to throw $14,000/plate debutante balls during the worst economic crisis since the Great fucking Depression.

That’s it — I’m fucking done taking hunks of cake without question and pretending to like the taste. Time to import a non-violent modern variation of the French Revolution to North America post-fucking-haste.

*[insert tart observation about how not paying your writers really helps with the bottom line — and the coming out party expenses.]

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US Job Losses in 2008 Highest Since 1945

by matttbastard

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

My apologies for being so late noting this–congratulations are owed to our southerly neighbours for their latest dubious economic milestone. Our paltry 34,000 jobs lost in December pale in comparison to your staggering 524,000 (524,000!), let alone the 2.5 million (2.5 million!) over the course of 2008. Rest assured that, as per our recently-resigned-to-reality Minister of Finance and Prime Minister, we’ll be doing our goddamndest in 2009 to catch up with the good ol’ US of A.

So don’t get too cocky, Uncle Sam — The Beaver is on the rise! (or the decline, if you will.)

Ok, all snark aside, with the US shedding over one million (one million!) jobs in the final two months of 2008 alone, one really, really hopes that, contra John Judis, Obama does, in fact, fully appreciate the enormity of the global economic crisis he will inherit from the outgoing administration.

Because we’ve yet to even come close to hitting bedrock.

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