This was a comment on the web on an HP article Chris Christie disagrees with Mitt Romney's Gifts. The comment was authored by a writer with the screen name Outlandish.
I am entitled to
complain about the economy even when my stock price, my portfolio and my profits
are at record levels.
I am entitled to a healthy and well-educated
workforce, a Read More... modern and efficient
transportation system and protection for my person and property, just as I am
entitled to demonize the government workers who provide them.
entitled to complain bitterly about taxes that are always too high, even when
they are at record lows.
I am entitled to have my earned income taxed
as capital gains and my investment income taxed at the lowest rate anywhere in
the world — or not at all.
I am entitled to inside information and
favorable investment opportunities not available to ordinary investors. I am
entitled to brag about my investment returns.
I am entitled to pass on
my accumulated wealth tax-free to heirs, who in turn, are entitled to claim that
they earned everything they have.
I am entitled to use unlimited
amounts of my own or company funds to buy elections without disclosing such
expenditures to shareholders or the public.
I am entitled to provide
political support to radical, uncompromising politicians and then complain about
how dysfunctional Washington has become.
I am entitled to publicly
criticize the president and members of Congress, who are not entitled to
I am entitled to fire any worker who tries to organize a
union. I am entitled to break any existing union by moving, or threatening to
move, operations to a union-hostile environment.
I am entitled to load
companies up with debt in order to pay myself and investors big dividends — and
then blame any bankruptcy on over-compensated workers.
I am entitled
to contracts, subsidies, tax breaks, loans and even bailouts from government,
even as I complain about job-killing government budget deficits.
entitled to take credit for all the jobs I create while ignoring any jobs I
I am entitled to claim credit for all the profits made during
a booming economy while blaming losses or setbacks on adverse market or economic
I am entitled to deny knowledge or responsibility for any
controversial decisions made after my departure from the company, even while
profiting from such decisions if they enhance shareholder value.
entitled to all the rights and privileges of running an American company, but
owe no loyalty to American workers or taxpayers.