September 6, 2012 – 7:49 am


Whether wealth through inheritance or power through appointment, what’s important is knowing how to make money.

Just in case you were beginning to think rich people were deeply misunderstood and that they feel the pain of those who are less fortunate, here’s the world’s wealthiest woman, Australian mining tycoon Gina Rinehart, with some helpful advice.

“If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain,” she said in a magazine piece. “Do something to make more money yourself - spend less time drinking or smoking and socialising, and more time working.”

Yeah, let them eat cake.

Rinehart made her money the old-fashioned way: She inherited it. Her family iron ore prospecting fortune of US$30.1 billion makes her Australia’s wealthiest person and the richest woman on the planet.

Full report here.

What about those who are put into a position of power? Like politicians and civil servants. Frank Sinatra’s rare single Name It And It’s Yours, about a partner with an insatiable appetite for “consumerism”, discusses just that.

How would you like Aladdin’s Lamp to call your own?
The wealth wells that once was $ingapore, fast Italian cars,
Diamonds big as stars, just name it and it’s yours.
How would you like the finest laces from Cologne,
And pearls that come from coral shores,
And to match your eyes, blue Venetian skies,
Just name it and it’s yours.

Watch the video here.*

But to billions, inherited wealth or the privilege of position, remain a dream.

Do you, Mr/Ms Joe/Jo Public, deserve your lot in life? Should public funds be spent to reduce inequality? And what in the world does this mean “the wells that once was $ingapore”?

Your no B.S. comments will earn you a pass to free music.

*The song Name It And It’s Yours was the flipside of a 1961 single Pocketful Of Miracles. Written by Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen and arranged by Nelson Riddle, Name It And It’s Yours was recorded November 22, 1961, Los Angeles. It was only released as the flipside of a Sinatra single.


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  2. Do I deserve my lot in life? Probably. I made it what it is. But I think funds should be made available to help the less fortunate. Medicare has pulled back simple things like eye care and dental care to balance their budget. So as I get older I can look forward to rotten teeth and going blind while they squirrel away more money to spend on worthless projects like bullet trains. I have to live within my budget in order to eat. They survive by going into debt and still getting what they want. It would just take a little effort on their part ease the lives of the poor. Nobody in this country should be destitute.

    They want bullet trains to move so fast the hobos can’t climb on.

    As for the “wells that once was Singapore”, I think that has something to do with recycling toilet water.

    By sking on Sep 6, 2012

  3. I don’t know if I deserve what I’ve got, but I’m convinced we need a better distribution of richness, and much more control on banks, funds, investments etc. We’re running up the wrong track, there’s a wall waiting for us at the end of the race, the time to change is now or it’ll be too late.
    At the same time, I hope the super rich at least stop taking the mickey out of us all, please some respect, thank you.
    Wells? don’t know

    By frank capra on Sep 6, 2012

  4. Britain now has more poverty than when I was born over 60 years ago, so it’s good to know that the inheritors of wealth are “All right, Jack”.
    In this country we have a man in charge of our economy who has always lived off daddy’s wealth & has never done a minutes work in his life. His only idea is tax the poor because they deserve to die early.
    He hasn’t even got the brains to realise who does all the hard work in this country that allows the scum at the top to float.

    By TheOtherGuest on Sep 6, 2012

  5. It will always be the same - the rich rule and control the people who have to work hard in order to maintain the wealth of the rich. It’s sickening - but how can it be controlled?

    By Daij on Sep 6, 2012

  6. “If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain,” she said in a magazine piece. “Do something to make more money yourself - spend less time drinking or smoking and socialising, and more time working.” - Rich Bitch Rinehart

    And people wonder about the origin of the term, “dumb cunt.”

    I have worked extremely hard my entire life. I put myself through college and graduated at the top of my class. I went on to get an advanced degree. I wasn’t drinking, smoking and socializing, I was studying. I thought it would matter. I don’t really care to be rich, that was never my goal in life. But I do want to provide for my family and earn a decent, living wage. I have the qualifications, but I’m always told I am “overqualified.” Hard work and education count for nothing these days. Wealth is for those who inherit it. It is impossible to get rich through hard work in these days and times.

    I don’t deserve to be rich because I was born to a middle class family. No complaints. I couldn’t have asked for better parents. But I sure as hell don’t deserve to be this poor. You work hard, but there is no reward for your labor. And whenever the economy takes a dive, it’s always the working people that they kick to the curb. How do you explain to your child that a handful of rich people are oppressing the rest of us? I don’t want a handout, I want a decent job commensurate with my education and skills.

    Of course public funds should be used to reduce inequality, or at the very least, prevent citizens from dying in poverty. But “socialism” is a bad word in the US. Here, it’s every man for himself, and if you weren’t born rich, that’s your fault.

    By aking on Sep 6, 2012

  7. just because you work hard doesnt mean you will be rewarded for it,i work with some of the laziest bastards i have ever known and they get paid the same as me.

    By paul on Sep 6, 2012

  8. problem is most people are naturally lazy. if you know you are going to get paid the same regardless of how hard you work then ….

    thanks for the free music

    by the way i’m doing this at work

    By whdup on Sep 7, 2012

  9. i figured out that working for someone else to help make them rich just to earn a living wasnt going to get me anywhere cept maybe just eek a living out and possibly pay my bills and give me a few hours a day to rest and then sleep in time to do it all again the next day. thats not the life i wanted to lead. i knew i had to find another path. i had to work for me or find something i enjoyed doing that didnt feel like work and that i could somehow convert into making money and enough that i could live comfortably. it wouldnt hurt to find someone else who either worked for the man but thats not idea here. for me it was photography and music. i converted that into a profit making business where i got to do what i loved and get paid for it. the music portion of it lasted til 10 yrs ago and the photography stopped temporarily then too but will pick up soon again.
    if u dont work for yourself and collect all your own profits and pay yourself and watch all the in and outgoings of the money yourself or at least have someone u know u can trust with the job then its very likely u will fail.
    reagan made 2 classes when he ran this country.. the truly needy and the truly greedy and as with all ‘repubics’ he screwed things up badly. i dont want obama heading us for 4 more years but we sure need a dem in charge for obvious reasons. the middle and poorer class needs them in charge (pc language notwithstanding). what damage bush2 did will take a while to fix. clinton couldnt do much with a repub congress that stymied him. and when bush used ss money to pay for a war.. any taste that i had left in my mouth was long gone for that party.
    we have to look out for ourselves now. if u wanna make it in this life and u wanna stay legal its gonna be hard. thankfully there are enough ppl out there who do things the right way that a few white collar baddies who sneak around doing things to make some cash to get ahead.. can get away with it.

    i dont hate the john lennons of the world.. i hate the yoko ono’s of the world.

    By darth on Sep 7, 2012

  10. Saw a piece on Facebook today saying your true wealth would be what you had left if you suddenly had no money. In the end, anger or resentment toward rich people is counterproductive. Ms. Reinhart’s comments were arrogant, for many hard-working people through no fault of their own lost their job and savings in the economic meltdown. What the Reinharts of the world cannot take is your sense of hope and purpose. But neither can any government give it. Wealth can be created, but all government can do is redistribute it. What you lose then is opportunity in exchange for capped commissions.

    By Tony on Sep 7, 2012

  11. The rich will always get richer and the middle class will eventually cease to exist.

    By Phil on Sep 7, 2012

  12. no fan of reinhart but there has been selective quoting going on, she simply stated that her resource projects competed with african mines where miners get a few dollars a day. she didn’t say she wanted those rates in Australia, in fact, her new mine, the government allowed her to employ 1700 people from overseas, on wages of $150k+ as there aren’t enough local aussies for the jobs. she isn’t underpaying anybody, she just pointed out that with wage pressures as they are, resource projects could do with less government green tape. already with commodity prices falling like a stone, governments budgets will be affected as they get less tax, yet the idiot Gillard just adds more taxes to mining sector companies and she will strangle the goose that has laid the golden egg of 21 years continuous growth

    By Liam NSW on Sep 7, 2012

  13. I deserve what I have as I started with very little. Raised by single Mom, etc. Public funds should be used to help those truly in need, but to reduce inequality? No.
    If I am fortunate enough to earn enough in my lifetime to pass on an iheritance to my boys, they should be able to enjoy it w/out any guilt and use it as they see fit. Hopefully, they’ll do some good with it…

    Wells that once was Singapore? Maybe refers to exploitation of natural resources by those who invested there and made their fortunes?

    By steve22 on Sep 8, 2012

  14. The rich control the world but not our happy moments…

    By Rochacrimson on Sep 8, 2012

  15. remember what Memphis slim told us…
    You may own a half a city
    Even diamonds and pearls
    You may buy an airplane baby
    And fly all over this world
    Don’t care how great you are
    Don’t care what you’re worth
    When it all ends up, you’ve got to go back to Mother Earth.

    By sluggo on Sep 9, 2012

  16. “i hate the yoko ono’s of the world.”

    im sure she and the others will be devastated by that hateful remark.

    By barth on Sep 9, 2012

  17. Big government, big business, and big media are all in cahoots to keep rich people rich. Some rich folks use their wealth to help other
    people but most use their wealth to stay rich and indulge themselves. As for Rinehart - if she did an honest day’s work it would CRIPPLE her…

    By TDC on Sep 12, 2012

  18. Broken record here, but I gotta say these kinds of entrenched systems only get taken down by severe, usually violent, social change. Like France. Like the US. Tomorrow or a 100 years from now, it’ll all fall apart pretty quickly and bloodily.

    Jeez, I’ve been reading too much dystopian sct-fi and cyberpunk.

    By golgo hakase on Sep 13, 2012

  19. Damn, but she’s an ugly cow, isn’t she?

    Oh, I’m talking about her mind and her politics, of course…

    By tdk on Sep 14, 2012

  20. “but if you ask for a rise it’s no surprise that they’re giving none away”.
    in my case, choices have made my destiny. a decision to live humbly, a refusal to allow the desire for wealth to be my purpose, to not only feel the plight of the common man, but to truly be a common man. It remains a glorious struggle,
    to accept this choice day after day, to maintain the distance between need and desire. This choice has all the difference.

    By Billy Jack on Sep 15, 2012

  21. My family did not have money so I have to work for whatever I got. I resent people like Mitt Romney who claim to be self made men when their daddies were rich. They want the poor to pull themselves up by the boot straps. Sometimes events just conspire against people so that they just can’t get ahead. Of course public funds should be used to reduce inequality. The Bible tells us to look out for one another. The really rich just want to have it all and everybody else to have nothing. Look at at the present state of the stock market. I am really worried if the Republicans win the coming election. Look out for the work camps.

    By Mackster on Sep 16, 2012

  22. The rich are convinced that the poor are taking their money.

    By sking on Sep 16, 2012

  23. I think we all deserve to enjoy our midlife years in any way we see fit; not in our golden years when we have spent all our wealth on medical bills and taxes and no longer have the good health to enjoy life’s pleasures. It seems no matter how hard we try to accrue wealth, somebody is always there to figure a way to take it from us and make themselves wealthy.

    By Tom Billings on Sep 16, 2012

  24. I would love to work, but no one seems to want to hire me since I am over 50. U.S. companies have sent over 25% of all manufacturing jobs to Communist China and other countries just within the last ten years alone! I see jobs in my field (graphic design) paying what I was making back in the 1980s - nearly 30 years ago! But rent, gas, food, etc. certainly doesn’t cost what it did 30 years ago. I don’t know where it will all end, but this “race to the gutter” cannot last without our country coming apart at the seams. NEVER set foot in a Walmart and buy stuff Made In The U.S.A. (if you can find any)!!!

    By elvislives on Sep 20, 2012

  25. The correct lyric is “the *wealth* that once was Singapore”.

    Was Singapore better off in the fifties than now? Or is it better off now? What societal, political or economic change is responsible for this? I don’t know.

    What percent of hereditary wealth (or any other kind) should be claimed by the government? Another good questions. How much longer can the budget deficits of recent years be sustained, and what’s going to happen when they can’t anymore? Some people are writing novels and TV shows to answer these questions; others are buying canned goods and ammunition.

    By Hazy Dave on Sep 27, 2012

  26. Thanks to Hazy Dave for the “wealth” feedback.

    By bigozine2 on Sep 27, 2012

  27. don’t know about better off but everything is ‘better’ now, apart from the weather

    By tinyhandsofconcrete on Oct 5, 2012

  28. wealth is not the issue cause you cant take it with you.
    its about taking care of each other and until that…happens man will always be a failed aspect of nature.

    By vincero on Aug 15, 2013

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