Let Them Eat Cake
It is not unusual for members of
the diminishing upper middle class to drop $20,000 or
$30,000 on a big wedding.
But for celebrities this large sum wouldn`t cover
the wedding dress or the flowers.
When country music star
Keith Urban married actress Nicole Kidman in 2006,
their wedding cost $250,000.
This large sum hardly counts as a celebrity
wedding. When mega-millionaire real estate mogul Donald
Trump married model
Melania Knauss, the wedding bill was $1,000,000.
The marriages of Madonna and film
director Guy Ritchie,
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren, and Michael Douglas
and Catherine Zeta-Jones pushed up the cost of celebrity
marriages to $1.5 million.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes upped
the ante to $2,000,000.
Now comes the politicians`s
daughter as celebrity.
According to news reports, Chelsea Clinton`s
wedding to investment banker Mark Mezvinsky on July 31
is costing papa Bill $3,000,000.
According to the
London Daily Mail, the
total price tag will be about $5,000,000. The
additional $2,000,000 apparently is being laid off on US
Taxpayers as Secret Service costs for protecting former
president Clinton and foreign heads of state, such as
the presidents of France and Italy and former British
Prime Minister Tony Blair, who are among the 500 invited
guests along with
Streisand, Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, Ted
Turner, and Clinton friend and donor Denise Rich, wife
Before we attend to the poor
political judgment of such an extravagant affair during
times of economic distress, let us wonder aloud where a
poor boy who became governor of Arkansas and president
of the United States got such a fortune that he can blow
$3,000,000 on a wedding.
The American people did not take up
a collection to reward him for his service to them.
Where did the money come from? Who
was he really serving during his eight years in office?
How did Tony Blair and his wife,
end up with an annual income of ten million pounds
(approximately $15 million dollars) as soon as he left
office? Who was Blair really serving?
These are not polite questions, and
they are infrequently asked.
While Chelsea`s wedding guests eat
a $11,000 wedding cake and admire $250,000 floral
displays, Lisa Roberts in Ohio is struggling to raise
contributions for her food pantry in order to feed 3,000
local people, whose financial independence was destroyed
by investment bankers, job offshoring, and unaffordable
wars. The Americans dependent on Lisa Roberts` food
pantry are living out of vans and cars. Those with a
house roof still over their heads are packed in as many
as 14 per household according to the
Gazette in Ohio.
reports that Lisa Roberts` food pantry has
“had to cut back
to half rations per person in order to have something
for everyone who needed it.”
Theresa DePugh stepped up to the
challenge and had the starving Ohioans write messages on
their food pantry paper plates to President Obama, who
has just obtained another $33 billion to squander on a
pointless war in Afghanistan that serves no purpose
whatsoever except the enrichment of the
military/security complex and its shareholders.
reports that according to US government reports, one
million American children go to bed hungry, while the
Obama regime squanders hundreds of billions of dollars
killing women and children in
Afghanistan and elsewhere.
The Guardian`s reporting relies on
a US government report from the US Department of
Agriculture, which concludes that 50 million people in
the US–one in six of the population–were unable to
afford to buy sufficient food to stay healthy in 2008.
US Department of Agriculture
Secretary Tom Vilsack said that he expected the number
of hungry Americans to worsen when the survey for 2010
Today in the American Superpower,
one of every six Americans is living on food stamps.
The Great American Superpower,
which is wasting trillions of dollars in pursuit of
world hegemony, has 22% of its population unemployed and
almost 17% of its population dependent on welfare in
order to stay alive.
The world has not witnessed such
total failure of government since the final days of the
Roman Empire. A handful of American oligarchs are
becoming mega-billionaires while the rest of the country
goes down the drain.
And the American sheeple remain
Paul Craig Roberts
was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during
President Reagan`s first term. He was Associate
Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has
held numerous academic appointments, including the
William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and
International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior
Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford
University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by French
President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of
Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington;
and the Soviet Economy
Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy,
and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of
The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice. Click
for Peter Brimelow`s
interview with Roberts about the recent epidemic of