When you’re rich and lose money on a leveraged investment, you are a victim of the bad economy and deserved to be bailed out. When you’re poor and lose money on a risky investment, you’re a financially incompetent yahoo who chases get rich quick schemes.
When you’re rich and a war is about to start, doing your duty is working in your father’s oil business or the National Guard. When you’re poor and a war is about to start, be prepared to lose some limbs.
When you’re rich and mess up, there are always second chance boarding schools, second chance rehab centers, or a second chance business crony of your father to get you a great job. When you’re poor and mess up, your life is over.
When you’re rich and misbehave as a child, you are someone who is need of a high-priced psychologist to identify the deep underlying problem. When you’re poor and misbehave as a child, you are just an animal.
When you’re rich, overweight and named Michael Moore or Rush Limbaugh, your supporters defend you as being authentic. When you’re poor and overweight, you are just a lazy undisciplined slob.
When you’re rich and unshaven, well, that’s just what intellectual and creative people do. When you’re poor and unshaven, well, being unshaven makes you a low-life and derelict. It is supposedly an axiom that being unshaven makes one derelict-like, yet mysteriously this rule does not apply to the hundreds of thousands of Seattle Microsoft programmer millionaires, Berkeley mathematicians, and Trust fund babies at Ralph Nader meetings who have not touched a razor since George W Bush was in office.
When you’re rich and wasting your twenties drinking or doing nothing, you are sowing your wild oats or finding yourself. When you’re poor and waste your twenties doing nothing, you are a lazy couch potato.
For those with trust funds, spending years traveling around the country or the world dropping in and out of jobs is expanding one’s horizons. For those with no money, there are names for such people: drifters, unstable, etc.
When you’re rich and have a do-nothing executive appointment, they say you deserve it based on your “hard earned credentials.” When you’re poor and in a slow-paced jobs program, you are a bum in a make-work position.