I am so sick and tired of hearing about the one percent who buy everything, own everything, and control everything. One percent people! Let’s talk about the other ninety-nine percent for a change.
Occupy Wall Street? Give me a break. There are so few people out there fighting the cause compared to the numbers who are effected by it.
Our country spends way too much time heralding the one percent. Every week in the Sunday New York Times Real Estate section I read about The Big Deal of the week. Fiftteen million dollars. Thirty million dollars. Twenty-three million dollars. Give me a friggin break already. Let’s talk about the smallest deals of the week. Let’s write and read about the poorest people who were actually able to buy or rent a home this week. Let’s write or talk about the richest people who were turned down for rentals or mortgages or by co-op or condo boards this week because they weren’t rich “enough”. There are so many more of these to focus on. We need to educate the world on the truth, the real truth, the way most of us are actually living our lives.
I am a real estate agent. I see what people are going through every day. Do you know that people who earn several hundred thousand dollars a year can be turned down for rentals that cost $5,000 a month? Do you know that co-op boards turn down people who would have three million dollars in the bank, after closing, for apartments that cost two million dollars? These stories are a lot more interesting, I think, than those of the one percent who plopped down another twenty-eight million dollars on a city pied-a-terre this week, all cash. But who are we reading about? The latter, not the former.
In New York City, people who would be rich in other places are barely making it. So why are the restaurants so crowded, especially the very elite and expensive ones? Last Saturday night we went out to dinner with a friend and were told there was a one hour wait at one Soho restaurant, and… get ready for this one… a three hour and forty-five minute wait at another. This was at 8:15! I don’t know about you, but by midnight I’m sort of “over” waiting to eat. Where are all these people coming from?
I would like to interview a lot of the people I see every day. How can they afford to eat a fifteen dollar sandwich at Katz’s Delicatessen? Add the fries, the pickles, the soda, the cole slaw, and you are talking thirty-five dollars for a no-frills lunch. How can the large families we see every weekend afford to go to the movies at about fifteen dollars a pop, not to mention sodas, big tubs of popcorn, candy, hotdogs and ice cream? A family outing to the movies can easily set you back $125. That’s for a 2 hour movie!
And what about Disney World and other family vacations? I would like to speak to these people about how they are affording all of this. Are they just maxing out their credit cards? I don’t understand it.
I would like to hear more from the ninety-fifth to ninety-eighth percent. I would like to read more about the sixty to seventy percent. Maybe our problems are worse because we do nothing but esteem the one percent, making everyone else feel unsuccessful, unfulfilled, entitled to more?
We need to work to get ahead. Work in school. Work at our jobs. Spend wisely. Stay within our means. Screw the one percent already. Let’s hear from everyone else.