Martha Stewart, class-envy victim

Posted: February 10, 2003

HOME-decorating and cooking maven Martha Stewart recently expressed puzzlement over why people delight in her current predicament, a possible indictment for alleged insider stock trading said to have netted her about $400,000, an amount which is peanuts compared to her hundreds of millions of dollars in assets.

The reasons for Ms. Stewart's problem with the American people are simple:

She is wealthy and seen as arrogant.

Class warfare always has been a strong facet of American life. We see it in the political world every day. The wealthy are disparaged, told by many that they must bear a greatly disproportionate burden to fund everything government dictates. We encourage entrepreneurs like Ms. Stewart to achieve and succeed, but when one reaches the pinnacle of success, we envy them and all that they have and seek to bring them down.

If Ms. Stewart is guilty of having unlawfully engaged in insider trading, justice should prevail, but her most severe punishment has surely been meted out already through the scorn of the American people, who, in the manner of a voyeur, anxiously yearn for her downfall.

Oren M. Spiegler

Upper Saint Clair, Pa.

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