Yesterday he sat down with a reporter from Bloomberg TV and said:
The quote one percent are being pummeled because it’s politically convenient to do so. The problem is that the world and this country should not talk about envy of the one percent, it should talk about emulating the one percent. The one percent work harder, the one percent are much bigger factors in all forms of our society…The politics of envy, the politics of class warfare are what have separated America from the rest of the world.We're wondering what he means by 'it should talk about emulating the one percent'? Should the country be emulating Sam Zell by bankrupting businesses through greed and incompetence? Or by threatening the global financial system with reckless banking practices like Jamie Dimon? Or by impoverishing the middle class like the Waltons?
Wonkette explains that Zell was defending Tom Perkins, another sociopathic billionaire who compared the persecution of people with wealth to the persecution of Jews in Germany in the 1930s.
...we remembered that Sam Zell is a capitalistic sociopath who colluded with noted cowlick Rod Blagojevich to get the state of Illinois to help him out of financial difficulties by buying Wrigley Field, and who took over our beloved Los Angeles Times a few years back and told it to go %#@& itself, and why the hell are we listening to him anyway?Exactly. It's not that we envy Sam Zell. It's that we oppose the use of vast wealth to manipulate the political and economic structures of our country.