How the 1 percent live

Penthouse parking, a new Versailles, a bat mitzvah bash in Aspen. Salon's guide to the travails of the 1 percent

By David Sirota

Published March 21, 2012 4:15PM (EDT)


As the unemployment rate still sits above 8 percent, and one in three Americans struggles to afford medical bills, even the filthiest of filthy rich presidential candidates is at least pretending to empathize with the average American. Granted, they sometimes slip up and expose just how wealthy they are -- but at least they are trying.

The same cannot be said of some of these candidates’ cronies in the 1 percent. Whether complaining about having to do their own dishes, or bragging about their car garages costing more than the average American makes in a lifetime, the 1 percenters are all but screaming "let them eat cake" from the ramparts. Here are 10 particularly egregious examples from the last few months.

David Sirota

David Sirota is a senior writer for the International Business Times and the best-selling author of the books "Hostile Takeover," "The Uprising" and "Back to Our Future." E-mail him at, follow him on Twitter @davidsirota or visit his website at

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