Mocking those with money is a popular pastime. The rich are an easy target. There are relatively few of them — the much vilified 1% — often stereotyped as greedy, corrupt, amoral — people who unblinkingly pay bribes to ensure their children can punch their own ticket to wealth by getting into the best schools.
In the “Conflicted States of America,” many resent the rich, but would also like to join them. And then you have Warren Buffet and Bill Gates and hundreds if not thousands of others among America’s wealthy who fund scholarships that send other people’s kids to college, and endow programs, entire schools, hospitals and much more.
Add into this complicated mix the wealth gap — which is widening and has become a huge political issue. Financial marketers live and breathe money, and help sell what it can do. But do you really understand how other Americans, even yourself, really feel about it?
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