I wish some group would do a national poll of ordinary non-wealthy Americans to determine public opinion about this thin slice of the Upper-Upper Class. What are reactions to this news?
Do Americans feel PRIDE that the economic system has enabled these billionaires to accumulate such massive wealth?
Do they feel JOY because this news gives them HOPE that they too can become super-wealthy?
Are they PROUD that these billionaires have paid relatively little taxes to support the government that has helped make them super-rich?
Do they AGREE with Forbes that "the creation of wealth" "builds up the human spirit. It strengthens the national fiber."
Do they believe that our economic system is FAIR because 261 on the list are self-made billionaires?
Are they ANGRY that the price of a natural Russian sable coat at Bloomingdale's rose 19 percent to $190,000 in 2006 and that a week at the Golden Door spa rose 11 percent to $7,500?
The biggest question of all for me is this: When will all the people who see themselves as politically active, political dissenters and "progressives" conclude that there will be no necessary political reforms until massive numbers of working- and middle-class Americans rise up in economic rebellion, ready to do battle against rising economic inequality?
Or, do even "progressives" agree with the CATO Institute that "class warfare is fundamentally un-American. It is subversive to the honored American ideal that success and reward in this nation are interlinked."
SO, WHAT KINDS OF REACTIONS HAVE YOU HAD UPON HEARING THE NEWEST INFORMATION ABOUT THE FORBES 400? LET'S HEAR FROM YOU.