by Playthell Benjamin
It’s all about the Benjamins!
If Business Success is the Standard Why not Jay Z for Pres?
There is far too much hand wringing over the off the cuff statements made by Newark Mayor Corey Booker on TV last Sunday. In a clumsy attempt to present an even-handed argument calling for an end to personal attacks and commencing an honest debate designed to find real solutions to the nation’s pressing problems, Booker ended up giving the Carl Rove crowd material for a political ad against President Obama.
Seizing on one statement by the Mayor in which he described ads interrogating Mitt Romney’s claims that he was “a jobs creator” during his career at Bain Capital as nauseating; Mitt’s Superpack had an ad of the Mayor popping off on the air faster than the cisco Kid could draw his guns.
But I say calm down fellow democrats. If that’s the game the grand Obstructionist Party want to play I say bring it on! There is no end to devastating criticism of Mitt’s business career by top Republicans. They are the ones who invented the term “vulture Capitalism” to describe The Mittsters business practices; and it’s all on video tape in living color! Mitt Romney was a corporate raider, “private equity,” is the fancy term for it. And the things he did were standard procedure.
Their goal is to increase the wealth of their investors. If that means leveraging a financially healthy company with big loans, then selling off the assets of that company and throwing workers who have given their lives to the company out on the streets with nothing – no pensions, no health care, NOTHING!
Those who argue that this is just the normal working of capitalism are introducing a dangerous conservation that could well come back to bite them in the ass. Because opening the eyes of many people who have never questioned the ethics and methods of capitalism could prove hazardous to the Plutocrat’s health.
One does not have to be an economist to understand that Mitt is not a “Captain of Industry;” someone who creates new industries that employ masses of workers – like Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, Henry M. Flagler, Andrew Carnegie, et al. Nor was Mitt a creator of new hi-tech industries that have changed the world for the better, while amassing his personal fortune – men like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, et al. And compared to any of these men, the money Mitt has made in business is a pittance!
To the average American 250 million dollars sounds like a vast fortune. Most of us cannot even fathom what it means to have that much money, and when we think about it most believe it would make all their dreams come true – especially people like this writer who have everything they want but money! But Mitt is just what that rotund braggart and consummate bullshit artist Donald Trump said he is: “a small business guy from Boston.”
That’s why a lot of the really big money guys left where they were and came to the Apple – multi-billionaires like Mort Zuckerman – a native Bostonian – and Mike Bloomberg. There are hedge fund managers here in the Apple that makes a billion dollars a year! Mitt ain’t even that impressive a businessman when compared to some rappers.
Puffy’s net worth is estimated to be double that of Mitt’s. Will Smith, Master P. and Hip hop impresario Russell Simmons are all estimated to have fortunes that equal or exceed that of The Mittster’s. Brooklyn boxer Mike Tyson blew 250 Million dollars before he was 35. Jay Z, who had neither a rich father, white skin, nor two degrees from Harvard law and Business Schools, presides over a billion dollar business empire that he emerged from the Marcy projects in Brooklyn and created out of nothing!
“Jigga,” as he is affectionately known in the hood, is also one of the creators of the multi-billion hip hop industry which is influencing pop culture worldwide. Yet Mitt has chosen to ignore his tenure as Governor – which was nothing to brag about since Massachusetts ranked 47 of fifty states under his leadership – and make his career at Bain Capital the yardstick by which he is to be measured for the presidency.
But if business acumen, and showing great judgment in choosing a wife – Mitt married a dependent Mormon housewife, while Jay Z’s wife is not only beautiful and gracious; she is almost as rich as him from her own efforts – then why not Jay Z for President? Especially since the only Harvard MBA to serve as US President wrecked the economy and we are still trying to recover from it. I’m just trying to keep it real y’all!
Benjamin is a veteran political journalist out of Harlem NY. His essays can be read on his blog site Commentaries on the Times.