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Guys like Rick Barry should be a perfect target for ‘occupy’ bunch

There was a story in the Times Leader on Friday about a man named Rick Barry and his wife Sue. They established a $1 million scholarship program at Penn State’s Wilkes-Barre campus.

The story noted the couple is one of the leading Penn State philanthropists having given millions to programs at Penn State Wilkes-Barre and the main campus in the past 10 years.

Now, what I don’t understand is why the “occupy” crowd didn’t crawl out of their parents’ basements and occupy Newberry Estates the night the couple announced the scholarship at the school’s scholarship dinner.

After all, for Barry to be able to spread around that kind of dough he must be one of those evil one-percenters who did nothing to earn his wealth, but rather stole his fortune while climbing on the backs of the downtrodden everyman.

I don’t understand why the “occupy” crowd didn’t march around Newberry with signs decrying the filthy rich Barry for not paying his “fair share.”

For crying out loud the guy worked – are you ready to hear this? are you sitting down? – in the financial industry. He even worked for Merrill Lynch.

Merrill Bloody Lynch?

He might as well have been in the mob.

Where is the “occupy” crowd demanding the government take Barry’s money and give it to them?

Really, that’s what they are all about. Distilled down, this is their one and only demand: for the government by force of law to take other people’s money and give it to them.

Never mind that it is the evil rich in this country that are already paying for 43 million people to be on food stamps, a condition Obama and the Democrats are so proud of.

Never mind it is the evil rich, the one-percenters like Barry, who are paying the rent, utilities and medical care for the Democrats’ constituents.

Surely Barry started with a silver spoon in his mouth. He must have had a rotten fortune from the start. Probably money his parents stole from the hardworking, angelic poor.

No, wait, that’s not his story?

Oh, he started out at a two-year college thinking of getting into sports journalism, but then went to work in the financial industry, eventually starting his own investment firm where he invested people’s money helping them start businesses and prepare for the children’s educations and their retirements?

What an SOB.

Jack Smiles is associate editor of the Sunday Dispatch. His column appears in this space every other week and his feature writing appears throughout the newspaper. Send comments on his opinions as well as story ideas and news tips to jsmiles@psdispatch.com or call him at 602-0175.

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