HIGHTOWER: "The Haves" and "The Have S'mores"
Once again, here's a peek into the "Lifestyles of the Rich ... and Cranky."Today's featured cranks are some people who're suffering from a raw case of "class envy." No, I'm not talking about your ordinary working stiffs who're just a tad P.O.d that CEOs constantly raise their own pay while downsizing workers. Instead, this is a case of Executive Class Envy -- multi-millionaires who are becoming more and more envious of the growing crop of youngish mega-billionaires in our society.Nelson Peltz is one of the downtrodden multi-millionaires. He sacked-up some 890 million bucks in assets in the 1980s as a high-flying Wall Streeter. But now Peltz whines that he's merely second-class rich. He told the New York Times: "You see these young guys worth $3 billion to $4 billion, and you think to yourself, "What have I done wrong? I feel like the guy who has to say to his kids, 'Go back to work because we can't make ends meet anymore.'"Want to change places with Peltz?Still, he'll tell you that it's not easy keeping up with the Joneses -- especially when Jones is a twentysomething punk-of-a-computer-geekhead who boasts to elders like Peltz that his goal is not merely to fly first-class, or use the corporate jet -- he wants his own personal fleet of private jets by the time he's 30. "I don't just want wealth," the Times quotes one of these avaricious young Joneses as saying, "I want plane wealth."And that separates the "Haves" in our society from the "Have s'mores," as the Times refers to the new super-rich. Or, as one of the multi-millionaire "Haves" put it when referring to the "Have S'mores" wealth of a billionaire colleague: "I don't have John's money. I'm normal."This is Jim Hightower saying ... Hello, Rich Boy! Normal is not a multimillionaire. Normal is 30,000 bucks a year. Now, go to your country club and stop your whining!