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Class Warfare

“have you given more to the economy than me and my husband?”

– Louise Linton

“Check out London, Manhattan, Aspen and East Hampton real estate prices, as well as high-end art prices, to see what the leading edge of hyperinflation could look like.”

– Paul Singer

“My aspiration for the country and I believe we can achieve it, is 4 percent growth as far as the eye can see. Which means we have to be a lot more productive, workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. It means that people need to work longer hours.”

– Jeb Bush, who’s brother took more vacation in office than any President ever

“There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire. If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain. Do something to make more money yourself – spend less time drinking, or smoking and socializing and more time working.”

– Gina Rinehart (who incidentally inherited her money)

”we’ve given all you people need to know”

– Anne Romney

“What was hard was giving up my live in maid 5 days a week. My daughter said, do we really need somebody? So I cut back, and just hired somebody for two days. And you know, it kind of brought the family back together. We cook together more as a family. Normally when the housekeeper was there cooking for us, my husband would be off with the paper and I would be on the phone with my friends and the kids were doing homework. I do have the woman make one extra dinner for us though, and one or two nights we do order in, and a lot of times we will go out.”

– Ramona Singer of Real Housewives of New York City

“We have to tolerate the inequality as a way to achieve greater prosperity and opportunity for all”

– Goldman Sachs international vice chairman Brian Griffiths

“I’m Doing God’s Work.”

– Goldman Sachs CEO, Lloyd Blankfein

 “Is it possible to have too much ambition? Is it possible to be too successful? I don’t want people in this firm to think that they have accomplished as much for themselves as they can and go on vacation. As the guardian of the interests of the shareholders and, by the way, for the purposes of society, I’d like them to continue to do what they are doing. I don’t want to put a cap on their ambition. It’s hard for me to argue for a cap on their compensation.”

– Goldman Sachs CEO, Lloyd Blankfein

“I’m employed again, and I feel good about that. I have a family to feed and I’m ready to go to work.”

– Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin, then making $750,000/year ($1.36 million in today’s dollars)