Lifestyles of the rich and famous

All over the nation, people are “occupying” various cities and destinations. They’re angry over a lot of things, but one thing that I agree with them on is bailouts of banks. Many in the occupy movement argue correctly that taxpayer dollars shouldn’t be used to make the wealthy even wealthier.

Of course, I would love to get their take on this tidbit:

Wealthy celebrities including Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Quincy Jones and Ted Turner have received federal subsidies, according to “Subsidies of the Rich and Famous,” a new report from the office of Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) identified several individuals receiving farm payments “whose professions had nothing to do with farming or agricultur[e],” says the report. These individuals include real-estate developer Maurice Wilder, a “part-owner of a professional sports franchise [who] received total of more than $200,000 in farm program payments in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006.”

The report also says millionaires Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and Ted Turner have collected farm subsidies.

“These individuals include Scottie Pippen and Ted Turner, respectively. Millionaires also receive state tax breaks on farm land. For example, Jon Bon Jovi paid property taxes of only $100 last year on his extensive real estate holdings in New Jersey that he uses to raise bees. At the same time, Bruce Springsteen received farm subsidies because he leases his property to an organic farmer,” the report explains.

I defend artists on a regular basis. I especially defend those who are accused of “selling out” simply because they do something for the money. I’m not adverse to folks like Bruce Springstein getting wealthier. Where my problem comes in is when taxpayer dollars are being spent on idiotic subsidies like this.

What’s ironic is many of these folks are the very same people lamenting the “Wall Street fat cats” getting taxpayer money in the first place, without even realizing their own hypocrisy.

Of course, they also consider themselves part of the 99% for some idiotic reason, but fail to mention how they are benefitting from taxpayer dollars that also help to make them richer. I guess that just kills the whole “I’m a regular guy” schtick, doesn’t it?


The views and opinions expressed by individual authors are not necessarily those of other authors, advertisers, developers or editors at United Liberty.