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(Yahoo)   Ex-Belgian king complains bitterly that his tiny pension of a mere million Euros a year "isn't enough to live on." In response, the Belgian Parliament is considering adding a tiny violin to his compensation package   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 66
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2013-11-08 10:52:52 AM
May we in the Americas add poo-flinging monkeys as a gift?.
 
2013-11-08 10:53:22 AM
Glad to see that their parliament isn't waffling over this.
 
2013-11-08 10:54:28 AM
Big Deal.  A suitcase full of monopoly money.
Come on, those are euros!
What is that, like pesos?
It is legal European tender!
I told you we should have brought Deutch marks.
But they are so hard to find!
 
2013-11-08 10:54:38 AM
Ex-Belgian kings crack me up.  But at least we will have something to talk about at our daily ex-Belgian king midday discussion.
 
2013-11-08 10:55:36 AM
I'm sure his pension would go a lot further if he relocated to the Congo.
 
2013-11-08 10:56:50 AM
70% death duties? And I thought the US was bad.
 
2013-11-08 10:57:18 AM
He sounds poor.
 
2013-11-08 10:57:48 AM

Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: I'm sure his pension would go a lot further if he relocated to the Congo.


obscure
but funny
 
2013-11-08 11:01:20 AM
Didn't he save anything from Granddaddy's Leopold's reign?

Sheesh, if you're gonna economically rape the Congo for close to a century and subject the inhabitants to a state of slavery (and hand cutting) you'd think his family would have something to show for it.
 
2013-11-08 11:01:35 AM
As and anti-royalist of any stripe.  I think they should simply strip them all of all lands, money, titles and kick them out on the street naked.  Fend for yourselves you lazy welfare babies.
 
2013-11-08 11:02:37 AM
I wish I was paid a million dollars a year for doing absolutely nothing. I'd live like a king.
 
2013-11-08 11:04:42 AM
Doesn't this guy have some handsome children the media can fawn over or maybe a daughter-in-law who's pretty and likes to volunteer saving African babies or something?

Because all I see are grey haired old men in drag uniforms -- E Network couldn't care less.
 
2013-11-08 11:05:11 AM
Here in america, we are jealous of our poor people. I say cut his taxes for jobs.
 
2013-11-08 11:05:20 AM
They should add "one swift kick to the nuts" to his annual pension.
 
2013-11-08 11:07:18 AM
People don't realize how much it costs to be rich; it's hard work!
 
2013-11-08 11:09:03 AM
I am truly saddened by plight.
/anybody want to help me with the cable bill?
 
2013-11-08 11:09:31 AM
www.topgear.com

"I told you that it was the fault of the Belgians."
 
2013-11-08 11:10:22 AM
Belgium him.
 
2013-11-08 11:11:09 AM

Serious Black: I wish I was paid a million dollars a year for doing absolutely nothing. I'd live like a king.


Nothing? You think he does nothing? This guy's duties included "taking an interest in Belgian society, culture and enterprise" according to Wikipedia. You couldn't pay me enough to be interested in Belgian stuff!

Except the beer. And maybe the chocolate.  The moules and frites perhaps. But aside from beer, mussels, french fries and chocolate...

Maybe they're hiring. I should call.
 
2013-11-08 11:12:21 AM
Get a job.
 
2013-11-08 11:13:01 AM
Move that decimal to the left a couple of spots

He thinks 900K is tough to live on, how about 9K
 
2013-11-08 11:13:21 AM

SirEattonHogg: Didn't he save anything from Granddaddy's Leopold's reign?

Sheesh, if you're gonna economically rape the Congo for close to a century and subject the inhabitants to a state of slavery (and hand cutting) you'd think his family would have something to show for it.


I was about to suggest that, since the Congo was considered Crown Property back then, that perhaps someone suggest he should find a nice life down there if he finds Europe disappointingly expensive.  I'm sure the locals will welcome Belgian royals with open arms.
 
2013-11-08 11:13:54 AM
It sounds like a classic case of running up big bills when you're living large and then having trouble paying up when you lose your job. I'm surprised more farkers don't relate - but then few jobs give you 900k a year for early retirement, which is basically what this is.

He should give the yacht to his son (in name at least), now that he's taken over the job. And surely he's not mainly in charge of the household finances now that someone else is king?

In any case now he gets to see how the "little people" who are only millionaires live. He'll be fine once he adjusts.
 
2013-11-08 11:14:26 AM

Serious Black: I wish I was paid a million dollars a year for doing absolutely nothing. I'd live like aN EXking.


Fixed that for you
 
2013-11-08 11:15:40 AM
I say!!!

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/got nuttin
 
2013-11-08 11:15:49 AM
Cry me a Rhine.
 
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2013-11-08 11:16:17 AM

DrunkWithImpotence: I was about to suggest that, since the Congo was considered Crown Property back then, that perhaps someone suggest he should find a nice life down there if he finds Europe disappointingly expensive.  I'm sure the locals will welcome Belgian royals with open arms.


They would be glad to give him a hand.
 
2013-11-08 11:16:21 AM
They won't change his allowance, but maybe they will leave a 500-Euro note if he puts a tooth under his pillow.
 
2013-11-08 11:16:39 AM
So, what the fark happened to my spice profits?!!

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2013-11-08 11:17:32 AM

Serious Black: I wish I was paid a million dollars a year for doing absolutely nothing. I'd live like a king.


Technically, an ex-king.
 
2013-11-08 11:22:40 AM
Ffs, Al, fark off.
 
2013-11-08 11:25:28 AM
Take it away and give him the average salary for his countrymen and see if he learns anything. Hell, make him answer phones in a government building for it.
 
2013-11-08 11:31:11 AM
He and the next two generations of royalty should have their stipend reduced to the average Belgium's earnings (3103 €/month gross) for their entire lifetimes so they can gain some perspective. Either that or just guillotine the farkers..
 
2013-11-08 11:32:44 AM
For all you peasants, he doesn't get a million euros, he only gets 923K euros. That's a 78K euro difference, a difference that most farkers would love to make themselves. Are ex-kings any different to want that much (extra)?

OK, sorry, getting serious. Rather then have the state pick up the cost of his yacht, maybe the bastard should sell the damn thing. And I thought welfare was out of hand here in the US.
 
2013-11-08 11:35:26 AM
www.tutsking.com
His tiny what??
 
2013-11-08 11:36:53 AM

Hiro-ACiD: Either that or just guillotine the farkers..


You're thinking of France. In Belgium they smother them in whipped cream.
 
2013-11-08 11:39:00 AM
According to the article he seems to be covering the expenses of his palace and yacht, so his complaints may be perfectly well-founded. The cost of running a big yacht can easily exceed 900,000 Euros a year, while renting a large yacht with all expenses covered for a week  or two could eat up that much money. I've  seen figures on the web or in magazines like the FT's How to Spend It magazine.

The Queen of England is one of the world's wealthiest women in the world and can afford to cover personal and royal family expenses out of pocket in a lavish style, although she is a smart money manager. Her substantial annual budget covers the costs of official entertaining, staff, and so forth at several royal palaces. Most of the cost of the Monarchy to the British taxpayer is the cost of maintaining buildings and national treasures which belong to the "Crown" only in the sense of the UK Government. The Civil List, monies paid to the various royals who are supported in part by the Crown, doesn't add up to a lot of money by Hollywood or National sports standards in the USA.

In the case of an ex-King, he probably doesn't have access to the Royal wealth accumulated by the family for his own personal expenses. I would assume most of that money is in property or trust and not his personal wealth. In short, he might be royally skint.

Yes, the Belgian Crown once ran the Belgian Congo as a private estate and it made the Nineteenth Century Kings of the Belgians extremely rich. Among the prominent Americans who were outraged by the exploitation, cruelty and kleptocracy of the Congo was Mark Twain who turned his pen and considerable wit against the King of the Belgians on several occasions.

But there's no telling how far a mere 900,000 Euros would go towards maintaining even a modest household for an ex-King.

But here is a factoid I have ready to hand: the Indo-Canadian comedian Peter Russell, who is very popular with non-white audiences in Canada, the US, the UK and Australia, was making $2,500,000 a year before taxes (and presumably expenses) not long ago and probably still is. That's the kind of lower upper class income that the King has to maintain his palace, yacht, household and lifestyle on, and that's not chicken feed, but it's not super-wealthy. His mistress isn't likely to get any expensive jewelry from the King on that kind of B-list income.

The King has been reduced from Royal style to mass affluent or mere rich style. That must be hard to take.

Ex-Kings always complain about not having enough money or honors or retainers. Just look at Kiing Lear.

Mind you, his was a very sad case. Also it was the same story as King Thrushbeard, a fairy tale that seems to have traveled across Eurasia all the way from China to Ireland, but probably originated in the Middle East. Cinderella orginated in China, IIRC. Fairy tales are quite international and are part of the international and inter-linguistic literature that is studied by comparative literature, along with the Classics and other influences and works that have crossed between English and the various Language and Literature departments of universities. Very inter-disciplinary, especially for the Europeans who study literature in the orginal languages, rather than in translation as most of the American comparatists tend to do due to lack of languages.

But I digress. Have to use that college education some how.

It's hard to feel much sympathy for those who have it immensely better than almost everybody else, but humans are humans, and they do suffer from their high standards just as we suffer "White People Problems" from our own.

Helps to be a Buddhist or a Stoic. I always say "Nothing is but thinking makes it so." Apparently Marcus Aurelius may have said the same thing, but dammit, I said it better. I can't even be sure he did say the same thing because the quotation is so obscure in English and I haven't got it in Latin.

Nonetheless my own version is not original, but is derived from Shakespeare's Hamlet:

Why, then, 'tis none to you, for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. Tis a prison to me.--Hamlet, in the "Denmark is a prison" scene.

A very Zen sentiment.
 
2013-11-08 11:39:25 AM
I'll throw in a tiny bow...poor guy...
 
2013-11-08 11:44:32 AM

dabbletech: [www.tutsking.com image 451x533]
His tiny what??


His tiny package. It just doesn't impress the ladies.
 
2013-11-08 11:50:39 AM

brantgoose: According to the article he seems to be covering the expenses of his palace and yacht, so his complaints may be perfectly well-founded. The cost of running a big yacht can easily exceed 900,000 Euros a year, while renting a large yacht with all expenses covered for a week  or two could eat up that much money. I've  seen figures on the web or in magazines like the FT's How to Spend It magazine.

The Queen of England is one of the world's wealthiest women in the world and can afford to cover personal and royal family expenses out of pocket in a lavish style, although she is a smart money manager. Her substantial annual budget covers the costs of official entertaining, staff, and so forth at several royal palaces. Most of the cost of the Monarchy to the British taxpayer is the cost of maintaining buildings and national treasures which belong to the "Crown" only in the sense of the UK Government. The Civil List, monies paid to the various royals who are supported in part by the Crown, doesn't add up to a lot of money by Hollywood or National sports standards in the USA.

In the case of an ex-King, he probably doesn't have access to the Royal wealth accumulated by the family for his own personal expenses. I would assume most of that money is in property or trust and not his personal wealth. In short, he might be royally skint.

Yes, the Belgian Crown once ran the Belgian Congo as a private estate and it made the Nineteenth Century Kings of the Belgians extremely rich. Among the prominent Americans who were outraged by the exploitation, cruelty and kleptocracy of the Congo was Mark Twain who turned his pen and considerable wit against the King of the Belgians on several occasions.

But there's no telling how far a mere 900,000 Euros would go towards maintaining even a modest household for an ex-King.

But here is a factoid I have ready to hand: the Indo-Canadian comedian Peter Russell, who is very popular with non-white audiences in Canada, the US, the UK and Australia, w ...


Dude, have a Snickers.  You know how you ramble on when you get hungry.  Better?
 
2013-11-08 11:52:30 AM
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2013-11-08 11:55:23 AM
Oh, and this...


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2013-11-08 11:55:32 AM
brantgoose

I always say "Nothing is but thinking makes it so." Apparently Marcus Aurelius may have said the same thing, but dammit, I said it better. I can't even be sure he did say the same thing because the quotation is so obscure in English and I haven't got it in Latin.

Might want to look for it in Greek, since that's what Aurelius wrote most of his works in. Try the eighth book of Meditations, maybe somewhere around 47...
 
2013-11-08 12:05:32 PM
Certain "associates", worried by his "poor morale and recriminations," are trying "to find a solution to increase his income indirectly," the daily said. Several options were reportedly being considered -- the government might pay the costs of his official residence or the navy take over the running of his luxury yacht, said to be worth 4.6 million euros.

Conspicuously missing from the options considered: Having him do something of value for the first time in his life, where he provides services, and is payed in exchange for said services.

The real outrage here is: Why is he being paid ANYTHING?!
 
2013-11-08 12:06:45 PM
www.theyoungfolks.com
 
2013-11-08 12:13:19 PM
My wife bought a backpack at a church rummage sale for $1, and found 95 Euros in one of the side pockets.

At the time, it was worth about $125.

Best. Yard sale find. Evar.
 
2013-11-08 12:21:09 PM
Oh, Belium, man!  Belgium!!

//I've been using that a lot lately.  It's been a very busy place for news.
 
2013-11-08 12:40:35 PM

MOGGEE: Oh, and this...


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Is she part of his severance package?
 
2013-11-08 12:47:40 PM
Shoulda run for US Congress. 'Appropriate' tax money to spend on Budget items that  mysteriously find it's way back to them. In their pockets.

King is a rookie
 
2013-11-08 12:54:29 PM
Belgium could offer him the "Robespierre Special" severance package instead.
 
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