I initially wrote this blog to express my outrage about how big money controls everything in this country and how the “little guy” has no chance these days to get ahead, his life being totally controlled by “Big Money” But I got temporarily sidetracked by another rampant problem on the net: Plagiarism. It is amazing how many people take credit for making that statement. I guess I am going to have to check the 40 Blogs I wrote on a plagiarism checker.
So now back to the subject of this blog.
Whenever my wife and I go to an eatery for dinner and the waiter or waitress asks: “Would you like anything else?”, my wife kicks me under the table and glares at me as if to say: “Don’t you dare” But I say it anyway being the proverbial comedian I am: “Fame, Success, Love, Justice, Peace and Happiness”
The thought occurred to me that to most people ALL of those things can be had with just the right amount of money. In most cases, usually a ton.
Let’s take these things one at a time. There are a lot of famous people who have money. Many of them have inherited it like the Rockefellers. Those that inherited it did not have to actually DO anything. Yet in the eyes of the public, they are somehow smarter, more knowledgeable, better, more honest and on and on.
But I am not necessarily talking about people who inherited their money but who suddenly came into large amounts of money such as lottery winners.
Do you remember the first big lottery in the NY State lottery, which was the first big lottery. He changed light bulbs for a living and won $5Million paid out over 20 years. He made the Johny Carson Show. Instant fame. His value as a person made a HUGE leap JUST because he had a lot of money. He became in instant success, even though just like the person who inherited his wealth he didn’t have to do anything. It didn’t make him smarter. Yet everybody assumed he was just because he had the money.
Now let’s take love. Does money bring you love. You bet it does. For a man, gorgeous women will come out of the woodwork and claim to love you if you win the lottery and are willing to share. Maybe, if you are careful and screen these women carefully, you might get lucky and find a person who IS really a good person and will learn to truly love you. But I wouldn’t hold my breath.
You see how HAPPY all these lottery winners are. Don’t tell them that money can’t buy happiness.
But here is the BIGGIE and the real point of this blog-JUSTICE since I work in the legal system.
Who among us does not believe that JUSTICE can not be had with the right amount of money. I am NOT talking about bribes here, but since I quoted Ozzie Meyers, do you remember the amounts of the bribes to the judges that were the subject of the ABSCAM investigation? Some were as little as $300.
But a bribe is not what I am talking about. Whoever hires the best and brightest lawyers, whether they have a good case or not, usually wins. A clever and rich liar can get away with almost anything. Unless that is he comes across a smart, honest and determined lawyer willing to work hard on a contingency since the average person can not afford litigation anymore.
Such was the case with a lawyer friend of mine, Carl Person in NY, who, after 15 years of litigation and millions and millions of dolars work of his time was able to finally prove that Milton Bradley stole the game of Monopoly from the rightful inventor.
Unfortunately, there are few lawyers around like Carl Person.
Lawyers want quick, easy money today. You see the hucksters all over TV looking for the case where the young prominent surgeon is rear ended by an oil truck and is a quadraplegic for life. Work!!! Who wants to actually work on a case like Carl Person did where the facts have to be painstakingly developed? Very few, if you can find them.
The result: The average middle-class person doesn’t get justice. They can’t afford it.