When I was in college, I cleaned toilets. When the rich kids were playing varsity lacrosse, or fencing, or crewing, I was cleaning their toilets. That was my varsity sport. I made less than four dollars an hour.
I had to be very careful with money. For dinner, I often made myself hamburgers from ground lamb, because when I was in college, it was the cheapest meat you could buy. A pound of ground beef cost 99 cents; a pound of ground lamb cost only 79 cents a pound. Occasionally, just 69 cents a pound. I could make four decent lamburgers out of that. Put that together with a store-label can of corn or green beans for 27 cents (black letters on a white background on the label), and voila! – dinner.
I actually hate lamburgers. But that’s what I could afford.
I know what it’s like to struggle. When you send this campaign $10 or $20 or $27, I know how much that means to you – and it means that much to me. It means so much to me >>
I remembered this when I heard that my spoiled trust-fund opponent, Richie Rich, took SEIU’s “Minimum Wage Challenge” this week. (His name isn’t really Richie Rich, but if it were Richie Rich, that would be more real than his real name.)
Richie Rich has never worked a day in his life in any real job. He “worked” for his father’s construction company, which he refers to as “day labor.” (Maybe it was, for his chauffeur.) He owns an enormous yacht called “Cocktails.” His father was so proud that he was able to buy little Richie a Congressional seat – right after the election, he gave little Richie a $5 million “gift.”
But little Richie Rich is quite the faker, so he felt that he could con his way through the Minimum Wage Challenge. Maybe he thought that he was auditioning for Eddie Murphy’s part in the remake of “Trading Places.” So when he got to the part of the challenge about living on $17 a day for food (actually the budget for a family of four, not one out-of-touch frat boy), this is what the out-of-touch frat boy did: he went to the drug store CVS to buy his groceries, and he bought a whole lot of expensive, name-brand crap. That’s his idea of how poor people save a penny.
Here’s what the Twitter said about this:
“What a doofus.”
“1. Don’t buy groceries at CVS.
2. Don’t buy name brands.
3. You suck at this.”
“He bought name brand sh*t at CVS [OMG emoji]”
“You’re buying groceries from CVS like a moron.”
“What kind of idiot does their grocery shopping at CVS?”
“Um, your 1st mistake is name brand, 2nd is CVS. Idiot.”
“LOL at buying name brand items while doing a ‘look at me’ challenge. No wonder we are $19 trillion in debt. Take a hike.”
“This just proves that you have never even tried to stretch a budget. Idiot.”
And then, rather than actually eating the groceries from CVS, Richie Rich went to a $1000-a-plate, port-and-caviar-and-cigars campaign fundraiser. I’m serious. But maybe he didn’t inhale.
Help me stop this empty-suit poser from buying a U.S. Senate seat. It won’t cost you $1000, just $10 or $20 or $27. Just click here >>
Our political system is jam-packed with fakers, liars, frauds, imposters, pretenders, fabricators, cheaters, swindlers and con artists. I can beat this one. But I’m going to need your help to do it.
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Rep. Alan Grayson