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Response to BainsBane (Original post)

Sat Aug 19, 2017, 08:42 PM

106. I'll tell you what my problem is with her $90MM house

...nothing. I don't really care. Anyone can have anything they can afford.

And there is where my problem is: ANYONE. Guess who that includes? Yup: even people you don't like, like Jaime Dimon (psst - not that hard to learn his name. I bet you'd call me racist and sexist if I called her 'Beeyoncy').

When the original thread about her new house and its price was posted, I'd say at least 90% plus of the posts were of the 'good for her' variety. Yet over the years on DU, there have been scores of threads on what the maximum income or wealth should be (hint: < $90MM, I assure you), how much doctors should be paid (I recall one consensus was around $75,000, believe it or not), and so forth. There have also been threads about how this hedge fund manager made this and that, and the nearly-unanimous opinion each time was (a) they should be taxed at 99% or whatever, or (b) they should be tossed in prison for earning money, and such like.

I thought those threads were stupid, because I happen to agree with you: Beyonce and her husband (by the way, ever look at any of his song lyrics, and ask yourself how many of those $90 million bills were earned spewing sexist messages? Argument for another day.) are entitled to whatever they can afford. MY issue comes when I sense a double standard, viz., that they are welcome to a $90MM house with no scorn directed toward them because she is a Democrat, black, and female. I have searched for threads congratulating people not named Beyonce for buying houses that cost about 300 times that of most very nice homes, and I can't find them. If it seems like I'm cherrypicking, go back and consider the prevailing DU attitudes about the tax avoidance strategies of John Kerry (yacht) and Al Gore (sale of his network).

If Beyonce and husband earned her money in the music biz, and can spend it as she wishes, you know who else did, and you know who else is similarly entitled? Any other musician or performer who has views or characteristics you don't like. Likewise investors, inventors, athletes, and so forth. I'm fine with the inconsistency: I wish good things for people whom I like and admire, and I wish ill on those I disregard. It's just a little tedious to see that simple rationale ignored over the acceptance of a $90 MILLION HOUSE, for Heaven's sake.

May they live in and enjoy the house in good health.

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