The Masters of the Universe don’t take kindly to the accusations of Occupy Wall Street, and they’re fighting back. Here are some verbatim quotes from the transcripts of their own defense, which toggles between a haughty contempt for the lower orders and a genuine, self-pitying sense of persecution. Gee, if only someone would write a book explaining this…
“Who gives a crap about some imbecile? Are you kidding me?” Bernard Marcus, co-founder, Home Depot
“Acting like everyone who’s been successful is bad and because you’re rich you’re bad, I don’t understand it.” Jamie Dimon, CEO, JP Morgan Chase
“Instead of an attack on the 1 percent, let’s call it an attack on the very productive.” John A. Allison IV, BB&T
“If I hear a politician use the term ‘paying your fair share’ one more time, I’m going to vomit.” Tom Golisano, founder, Paychex Inc.
My taxes are “more than a medieval lord would have taken from a serf.” Peter Schiff, CEO, Euro Pacific Capital
“I am a fat cat, I’m not ashamed.” Ken Langone, co-founder, Home Depot
“You’ll get more out of me if you treat me with respect.”Leon Cooperman, chair, Omega Advisors