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Tom Perkins

Envy and Jealousy? Gag Me With a Silver Spoon

Michael Winship | Posted 03.25.2014 | Business
Michael Winship

The argument goes that instead of being jealous, we all should be working in harmony together to create jobs and opportunity. Problem is, the deeply rich talk about building the economy but do almost nothing about it.

The Hissing of the Fat Cats

Mike Lux | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

The powerful, super-wealthy people at the top of the economic food chain have noticed all this populist stirring. Boy, have they noticed. In spite of all their power and wealth, they are offended that anyone is suggesting that the system should be tinkered with. They're speaking out -- in truly silly ways -- and putting their money where their mouths are.

Madoff's Billionaires: The Fear and the Fury

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Millions are only one or two paychecks away from ruin. Poverty rates have soared. In the midst of misery, more and more of the nation's wealth is being captured by the top 0.1 percent of earners. And yet, some of the most powerful and wealthy people in America are feeling persecuted.

'Then They Fight You' -- Why The 1 Percent Is In Full Panic Mode

Will Bunch | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Will Bunch

In the last few months, we've seen something truly amazing happen. The 1 percent is in "they fight you" mode, in some of the crudest terms possible. They are attacking the movement for equity in the country, and -- at least rhetorically, for now -- they want to burn it.

Top Christie Backer Makes Shocking Hitler Comparison

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

Ken Langone, a GOP megadonor and the co-founder of Home Depot, made a questionable Adolf Hitler comparison while looking at political trends ahead of ...

There's A Scientific Explanation For Why The Rich Are Calling Everyone Nazis

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 02.26.2014 | Business

It turns out F. Scott Fitzgerald was right about the very rich: Science confirms that they really are different from you and me. That difference ha...

Corporate Power Run Amok

Mike Lux | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Besides arrogance and a complete lack of shame or moral standing, what do the Too Big To Fail banks, Boeing, and Comcast all have in common? They are too big for our own good.

Money Can't Buy Votes

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Right-wing billionaires threw a hissy fit in recent weeks. The 99 percent are persecuting them, the wealthy ones whined. That whole Occupy Wall Street thing hurt their feelings, conservative 1 percenters pouted.

An Open Letter to Tom Perkins

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics
Danielle Tumminio

But is it possible that there are other things our country should value above money? Is it possible that there are other sacrifices that are worth just as much as monetary ones?

Elitism and the Real Face of Conservatism

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

The elitism of the right wing -- personified by Tom Perkins and his "system" -- makes me sick. More than that, it makes me angry, and anger is a powerful motivator. We have to understand what progressivism is up against.

The Rich and the Poor

Robert Slayton | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Robert Slayton

My last piece began with the words, "Never let it be said that the rich are silent." That was too modest. Let's add that they're tone deaf too.

The Week to Week News Quiz for 2/14/14

John Zipperer | Posted 04.16.2014 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

See if you can win a gold medal by getting all of the answers correct in our week-to-week news quiz.

Friday Talking Points - Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

John Boehner has a song in his heart. As he was busy passing a clean debt ceiling bill in his House, he followed up with another lyric from the tune.

Plutocrats Despising the Poor: An American Tradition

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

It's amazing how these people can whine in public about how they're being mistreated by people who change the sheets at the luxury hotels they stay in. But if you spend your life surrounded with sycophants who constantly tell you how brilliant you are it's possible to exist inside a bubble inside a bubble inside a bubble.

Paul Blumenthal

What This 1-Percenter's Support For Democrats Tells Us About Campaign Finance

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tom Perkins, tech industry investor and the Paul Revere of the "war on the 1 percent," used to give money to and advise Democratic polit...

Infamous Rich Guy Says People With More Money Should Get More Votes

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 02.14.2014 | Business

Tom Perkins is desperately trying to extend his 15 minutes of infamy. The 82-year-old venture capitalist, who recently made a lot of people angry ...

Hard Work

Robert Slayton | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Robert Slayton

Do the rich "work hard"? Quite often, yes, they work very hard. But if that's the basis for apportioning wealth, what about the tens of millions of Americans who perform arduous labors every working day, yet earn middle class wages or worse?

The Inequality Debate Heats Up!

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 04.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

This debate has played out over the ages in numerous venues. The Bible is filled with warnings about the dangers of wealth and the responsibility to take care of the widow, the orphan and the stranger in the community.

Colbert Takes On Rich Guy's Offensive Comparison

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 02.06.2014 | Comedy

Last weekend, venture capitalist Tom Perkins set off a firestorm when The Wall Street Journal ran a letter he penned in which he claimed that the weal...

Billionaire Defends Fellow Billionaire: 'The 1 Percent Work Harder'

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 02.06.2014 | Business

When the going gets tough, the rich dudes stick together. Or at least rich dude Sam Zell did in an interview with Bloomberg TV Wednesday. The bill...

Sam Stein

Obama Adviser Tells The Super-Rich To Have Some Perspective

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The hysteria of the nation's wealthiest appeared to hit a crescendo this past week when Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tom Perkins co...

Tom Perkins and Other Efforts to Shut Down Discussion of Income Inequality

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Perkins' letter is, in many respects, little more than a more dramatic and ill-advised riff on the standard Republican and conservative talking points that the wealthy are successful job creators and those who criticize their obscene accumulation of wealth are lazy, ne'er-do-wells or un-American.

Advice to Plutocrat Perkins: Time to Shut Up!

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

There's a rule of thumb in cyberspace etiquette known as Godwin's Law. A variation of that law boils down to this: He who first compares the other side to Nazis loses, and the conversation is at an end. Unless you're billionaire Tom Perkins, who seems dedicated to digging a deeper and deeper hole for himself.

Holocaust: Historical Revisionism and Trivialization

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

As I write this commentary on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I am outraged because of what I perceive as the use and misuse of the Holocaust by some to justify and maintain the enormous economic disparity in the U.S. and across the globe.

WSJ Defends Paranoid Rich Guy, Naturally

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 01.31.2014 | Business

The Wall Street Journal's editorial page has come out swinging in defense of Tom Perkins, the 82-year-old venture capitalist who compared what he call...