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(NYPost)   Tiny violin time in the Hamptons, it's millionaires against billionaires at the East Hampton airport with the billionaires squeezing out those without their own jets. Feel for the poor millionaires   ( divider line
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2022-01-19 9:04:45 AM  
20 votes:
Being a millionaire isn't what it used to be.  For one thing, for many people that means you own your own home and aren't carrying debt.  That's kind of something everyone aspires to, right?

And there's nothing wrong with someone who risks their capital building up their own business and then enjoying the fruits of that labor later on in life - that's supposed to be the way capitalism works, encouraging extra risk-taking and productivity by rewarding it with wealth if you succeed.  And those would be your low-end multi-millionaires.

So yes, you should be standing with the (lower end of) the millionaire-class. And you should be pissed at the billionaire class that they've concentrated so much wealth and used it to push us towards a return to feudalism, where everything is owned by a few lords and the rest of us peasants can only have stuff at the lord's pleasure.

With the wealth our society generates, everyone willing to work should have a roof, clothes, 3 good meals a day, work less than 40 hours a week with several weeks off with a funded retirement at 65, and with universal healthcare so a random illness doesn't ruin your life.  If you don't have those things... that's because of the billionaires (supported by the propagandized poor who think they'll benefit from the system someday).
2022-01-19 8:57:52 AM  
14 votes:
What's the difference between a millionaire and a billionaire?

A billion dollars.
2022-01-19 8:51:48 AM  
9 votes:
I grew up next to an airport.  After the first couple of hundred landings and departures you get used to it.

It's kind of like living next to the railroad tracks--but with jets.
2022-01-19 8:47:50 AM  
8 votes:
That class bigotry like this is allowed to happen in America is a travesty, and shows why we need to be extending more of a financial lifeline to struggling millionaires not just in the Hamptons, but everywhere in this nation. Through no fault of their own, the widening wealth gap has enriched those billionaires at the very, very top without similarly enriching the lower- and middle-class millionaires who are now struggling to afford the most basic necessities and enduring widespread discrimination as a result. We as a society cannot abide this. We cannot claim to care about racial, class, or sexual equality while allowing any segment of our population to suffer inequality themselves. We are all in this fight together, and only together can we overcome.

2022-01-19 9:20:42 AM  
8 votes:
The loss of public airports is a crisis across America but not one the average person would ever notice.

Going from public to private means goodbye to that sweet, sweet, federal money so those billionaires will have to chip in to take care of expensive upkeep to pavement, buildings, landing aids and lighting, snow removal, and on and on. It's going to cost them much, much more than just using the public field. Billionaires don't like paying for stuff they were getting for free.

Which is why I suspect shenanigans and expect it will be redeveloped into new billionaire housing in short order. Book it.
2022-01-19 8:59:38 AM  
2 votes:
Then it's time to put in a tennis court and just park the helicopter there.
2022-01-19 10:11:57 AM  
2 votes:
So people who supported a system that allows money to supersede everything else are finding out that there's always a bigger, greedier fish. Good.
2022-01-19 9:11:39 AM  
1 vote:
If it make you feel any better, HTO has a NOTAM warning that 5G is scrambling instrumentation landing systems.

48 single engines, 2 twin props, and 2 jets. It's doesn't look like the billionaires are making it their own. Heck, most billionaires wouldn't base their jet here, so it would hurt them more.
2022-01-19 9:38:08 AM  
1 vote:

edmo: Which is why I suspect shenanigans and expect it will be redeveloped into new billionaire housing in short order. Book it.

Ehh, Calverton, over in Riverhead, is still open, but it's a gliders and parachutes place. Maybe it's a push for land at the far end of the island. Maybe it's that they want to ditch paying for a tower operations team.
2022-01-19 9:40:12 AM  
1 vote:
Taxes are too. Farking. Low.
2022-01-19 9:45:53 AM  
1 vote:
I used to just go to Montauk, you can walk to the beach from there. I also used to toss the bikes in the back of the 172, so I didn't need to wait around or pay for a taxi if I wanted to go into town.

I was unloading the bikes one afternoon, and a couple in a big twin was definitely having an epiphany moment.
2022-01-19 10:20:16 AM  
1 vote:
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2022-01-19 12:41:20 PM  
1 vote:

Unsung_Hero: Being a millionaire isn't what it used to be. For one thing, for many people that means you own your own home and aren't carrying debt. That's kind of something everyone aspires to, right?

If you hit your mid-50s and you aren't a millionaire (or very close to it) your chances of ever retiring are slim to none.

If you own your own house you are (most likely) at least a third if not half way to being a millionaire.  Any 401k that is going to help once retired should be in the mid to upper six figures and that puts you at that threshold.

Being a millionaire (on paper) doesn't make you rich, but people that aren't seem to hate everyone that makes more money than them.
2022-01-19 5:05:45 PM  
1 vote:
Yea, this isn't going to stand.  Helicopter and small plane charter service to the Hamptons may not be huge to the Billionaire class, but it is still big business in NYC for the Millionaire class who carry enough weight on their own to lobby for and secure changes.
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