Posts Tagged ‘wealth gap’

Rural Resort Towns: ‘Seasonal People Stay Away’

April 6, 2020

Wealthy Americans are leaving Coronavirus-ravaged U.S, cities for their second homes in coastal and ski resorts. Year-round residents of these rural areas are concerned that these rich refugees have brought COVID-19 with them and will overwhelm local grocery stores, pharmacies, and the limited medical resources of their small towns.


“This Pandemic Is Not Your Vacation,” Anne Helen Petersen, BuzzFeed News

“Locals are petitioning to close the bridges into Cape Cod to keep out the influx of second-homeowners fleeing the coronavirus,” Dominic-Madori Davis, Business Insider

“‘We should blow up the bridges’ — coronavirus leads to class warfare in Hamptons,” Maureen Callahan, New York Post

“A plea from rural America: Urban covid-19 refugees, please stay home,” David Yamamoto, Washington Post

“Luxury resorts face coronavirus crisis as the 1% flee cities for holiday hideaways,” Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian

“In Epidemics, the Wealthy Have Always Fled,” Allison C. Meier, JSTOR Daily


“New York man fleeing pandemic pays almost $2m to rent Hamptons hideout,” Adam Gabbatt, The Guardian

“Private jet full of super-rich holidaymakers is sent back to London after the group landed in France and tried to get to their villa by helicopter during coronavirus lockdown,” Peter Allen, Daily Mail

“Where the Very Rich Fly to Hide,” Justin Farrell, New York Times

“Tourist Towns Ban Short-Term Rentals to Prevent Virus Spread,” Andrea Noble, Route Fifty

“Vacation Mecca Wants Visitors to Stay Away — For Now,” Bruce DePuyt, Maryland Matter

“Weekending in an Emergency,” Robert Rubsam, The Baffler

“‘It’s beyond frustrating’: tensions peak as Hawaii locals urge tourists to stay out,” Nick Pachelli, The Guardian

“Billionaires’ compound with its own coronavirus testing center stokes anger on the French Riviera,” Dana Thomas, Washington Post

“Eastward, Ho! Even Art Is Leaving for the Hamptons,” Ted Loos, New York Times


“When It’s This Easy at the Top, It’s Harder for Everyone Else,” Nelson D. Schwartz, New York Times

“Why the Wealthy Fear Pandemics,” Walter Scheidel, New York Times

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Panicking Plutocrats Ponder Wealth Inequality

March 13, 2015

Panicking Plutocrats Ponder Wealth Inequality
Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj recently explored the growing income gap in the millionaire population. “According to a recent study,” he concluded, “the insanely rich people are leaving behind the lowly, average, regular rich people.”


The Majority Party

January 12, 2014

The Majority Party

What’s the majority party in Congress? Forget Democrats and Republicans. For the first time in history, most members of Congress are millionaires. An analysis of personal financial disclosure data by the Center for Responsive Politics found that at least 268 of the 534 members of Congress had an average net worth of $1 million or more in 2012. Median net worth: $1,008,767.

That doesn’t mean congressmen pay for their own meals or foreign travel, of course. Hey, what that’s what lobbyists and campaign donors are for. Of course, there’s a good salary too, because it’s hard work being a congressman:

“Breaking the numbers down … members of the House of Representatives will make approximately $1,539.82 per day or, given an eight-hour work day, roughly $192.47 per hour.”

– “Congress Working Less Than 1/3 Of Year In 2014, Getting Full Salary,” CBS Miami

Don’t expect these folks to deal with the critical issue of economic inequality in the near future.


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