“High Society” is a 1956 American musical film set charting the
romantic machinations of the socialite set of Rhode Island.
A thread throughout is to elicit sympathy for the hard times the rich
can suffer too. They're just like you and me. One of the songs in
the film is “Who wants to be a millionaire?” Not I! declaims the
swain who swears that the lifestyle of the rich would be
meaningless without the companionship of the person being
That doesn't cut the mustard any more buddy. Billionaires are
where its at. “Billionaires Are Getting Richer During The COVID-19
Pandemic While Most Americans Suffer” is the headline from an
online article in Forbes.com, April 27. The article, quoting the
Institute for Policy Studies, says that whilst the tax burden of
billionaires has fallen by 79 per cent since 1980 total wealth has
increased by 308 billion dollars and that their collective wealth
increased by 1130 per cent between 1990 and 2020.
The article states that between them three particular billionaires
own as much wealth as the bottom fifty per cent of Americans.
In an unintentionally humorous comment the articles author says,
“In our capitalist system which has ironically turned socialist (sic) in
response to the Covid 19 outbreak becoming a billionaire is fine.
Most of them have worked hard (sic) and built companies…”
What is sick is not just the suffering from a virulent flu strain
and resultant maladies from the attack on civil liberties but the
continuing actions on the part of the working class to continue to
increase the wealth and power of a small minority in opposition
to their own self interest.