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Thu Jul 24, 2014, 10:52 AM

Yesterday's thread on Theresa Roemer's closet

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=5279565

brought these two comments from my husband:

1. At least she isn't using her money to buy our government like the Koch brothers.

2. How does her personal wealth stack up against others in the 1%? I doubt anyone here can really comprehend the kind of money that allows for a "closet" like this; but is she really wealthy compared to some others like the Koch Brothers, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, the Walton family?

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Reply Yesterday's thread on Theresa Roemer's closet (Original post)
hedgehog Jul 2014 OP
Beaverhausen Jul 2014 #1
bigwillq Jul 2014 #2
GeorgeGist Jul 2014 #3
JaneyVee Jul 2014 #4
Dreamer Tatum Jul 2014 #5
hobbit709 Jul 2014 #6
SammyWinstonJack Jul 2014 #7
conservaphobe Jul 2014 #9
Nye Bevan Jul 2014 #8
frazzled Jul 2014 #10

Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 11:00 AM

1. The ugly hate in that thread was mind boggling

She was blamed for everything from climate change to the end of the middle class.

She is a successful woman who has a lot of money and likes to buy lots of clothes, shoes and handbags.

For such vitriol to be aimed at her was ridiculous.

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Response to Beaverhausen (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 11:01 AM

2. I agree.

 

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 11:14 AM

3. Frankly Hedgehog ...

I don't give a shit for the 1%. Period.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 11:23 AM

4. Exactly. Wealth is good. Using wealth to

 

Oppress others is bad.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 11:26 AM

5. If you read her story, you'd learn she's pretty much self-made


While I don't think I'd want a closet like that in my home, I could give a crap if she has one.

Haters gonna hate.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 11:34 AM

6. She contributed to Romney.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 11:36 AM

7. Shocker!

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 11:43 AM

9. OOPS!

 

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 11:40 AM

8. That was a very sexist thread.

Men who amass collections of sports memorabilia or classic cars tend to be admired, not derided as "mentally ill", "hoarders", "obnoxious", "Marie Antoinette", and so on.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 11:57 AM

10. I don't care how she spends her money, but it's not how I roll

My reaction to all this was to consider the closet/the makeup/the hair/the jewels in the context of womanhood.

And I'm just not that kind of woman. I'm not all that interested in beauty or fashion, or rather I'm interested in it only up to the point where I like to look passably nice and know that you can look and feel very good in a well-designed and tailored (which means expensive) outfit. But it's not an "interest." I'm interested in things of the mind, in new experiences, in doing something in the world.

So what would I do if I had that kind of money? I'd certainly upgrade my wardrobe: from my moderately priced little black dress to something better (maybe Celine or Chanel, but it would still just be a simple black dress); and maybe I'd even have one Birkin bag: ain't nobody needs all those purses. As for shoes, I don't get it, and I have difficult feet. So I'd have to stick with my comfortable shoes, and maybe get one pair of Stuart Weitzman low-heeled black pumps to go with the black dress: no Louboutins for me. Oh, and I'd throw out that Gap long-sleeved V-neck shirt I've had for like 20 years and it still washes like iron and is sooo comfortable. But really, if you're that rich you need to throw it out probably. But that's about it: no makeup people or hair people. Ewww, I'd hate that.

And then what would I do? Well, for one, I'd get involved with some social programs and cultural programs that I believe in and that I'd hope would benefit people. Maybe I'd pay off everyone's water bills in Detroit or something.

But what would I do for myself? I'd buy some art; I'd travel; I'd eat out at some nice restaurants more frequently (but I wouldn't give up cooking at home, which I love). Oh, I'd get a cleaning person ... maybe; if I could ever feel comfortable having someone else clean up my dirt. In essence, I can't imagine being anyone else than I am: just upgraded a notch or two. (And I've known some extremely wealthy people, and that's more or less how they are. Not lavish or extravagant, just fortunate enough to be able to do what they want when they want, without worrying about the consequences.)

I honestly don't condemn this woman for wasting money on a closet. It sounds like she does some charity work and is probably as decent a person as most. But she is a beauty pageant kind of person. I don't find that to be a very good role model for womanhood. I don't think women should be so involved with their wardrobes and hair to the exclusion of other important things in life. But knock yourself out, I say. It's fun to watch and throw some shade at. I just wouldn't want it to be me.

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