On Tuesday, Stephen Colbert attacked the Obama administration’s attacks on society’s most vulnerable: the ridiculously wealthy. “We’re living in the People’s Republic of Obamastan. I would give all my fortune to the needy,” he said, “but I wouldn’t want to turn some poor person into a target.”
“I’m afraid all this money is my cross to bear — and it’s made of solid gold.”
Billionaires, Colbert continuted, are now being forced “to attend different schools, fly in their own planes, and are even being forced to live behind bars” in gated communities.
But it gets even worse: “Some billionaires are being left behind,” he said, before cutting to a CNN report that 61 billionaires weren’t wealthy enough to make it onto the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans.
“I don’t know who to feel worse for: those poor billionaires, or Forbes magazine, which just lost 61 of its 461 subscribers.”
“It’s a sad day to be a billionaire,” he concluded. “You toil your whole life to build a meaningful legacy for your family, only to find out that that billion dollars was worthless. Except for the money part. That’s worth about a billion dollars.”
Watch the segment in its entirety below via Colbert Nation.
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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