How to get Rich
I spent the day in a How to get Rich class.
It is even sanctioned by a government entity,
so I will get credit for it as continuing my education.
Don't ask me why or what overtook me.
It was mostly convenience and some deep dark part of me
that wanted to see what the hoopla was about.
Remember the Tom Cruise role in Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia?
He was Frank T.J. Mackey, author of "Seduce and Destroy,"
a self-help system for men to get women to sleep with them.
Well, today we had a guy who looked or at least acted just like him.
And he was author of How to Get Rich in Real Estate.
During the day he let us know that
All colleges and college teachers teach liberal crap.
He let us know that housing prices are too high,
and when the bust comes, which it will,
he will buy in big and ride the next wave of real estate appreciation.
And just because he is highly leveraged now,
that won't stop him, because he will just declare bankruptcy
and set everything back to zero.
So he apparently believes that socializing his losses is OK.
Just as long as he can continue to privatize his profits.
So called liberal issues establishing limited protections
for those who do not understand
his particular blend and style of fraudulent behavior
are just a bunch of unnecesary government meddling.
He is aware that workers are losing their pensions.
But they were foolish for believing in the work myth
perpetrated by an out of date education system.
He says these hard working steady folks are toast.
Fannie May is toast.
Stocks are toast.
He hates tree huggers
and Birkenstock wearers.
And lovers of amphibians.
He hates regulators.
He hates bureaucrats.
They would have the temerity to
keep him from building
16 units on a property that he paid practically nothing for.
He could build 7 but not 16 small efficiencies.
He bragged about paying nothing,
and then complained that the bureaucrat was taking away his
Ultimately, he built a super duplex with 14 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms.
I'm not kidding.
Like he so proudly said,
there is always a loop hole.
Like TJ Mackey and his seduce and destroy strategy for women,
this destroyer is on the prowl for those who have a high need
Like people who have lost their pensions,
or their wealth in a bear stock market,
or their health,
or their job.
or even just their youth.
This destroyer is not looking to build community,
or to make us all a little richer or happier.
He is looking to make someone else take it in the Twins,
as he must have said a hundred times.
He had a laugh that made a hyena sound soothing.
And he did it over and over and over and over again.
He was only occasionally rude with some members of the class.
He wore cool shoes, a cool shirt and cool pants.
His briefcase was cool.
His hair was perfect and a little long.
He was tan.
He was rich.
He ended the day
with some groovy dribble
about how all of us are geniuses
and we all deserve to be rich too.
But for one of him to be rich,
Thousands of us have to take it in the twins,
because they showed high need.
As he said,
do the math.
I have had more fun before,
But it didn't last that long.