Word reaches us through the wires this week that Mariah Carey has been paid some twenty-eight million dollars to allow Virgin Records the privilege of not putting out any more records by her. It’s news like this that rankles even the most dormant class consciousness; who among us would not happily agree to stop showing up at work for twenty-eight large one thousand times over? Our employers, though -- offices, libraries, restaurants, hospitals -- do not stand to lose twenty-eight-million plus simply due to our incompetence. Ms Carey’s employers, on the other hand, looked at the balance sheet, got out the check book, and, by handing a failing pop star enough money to feed North Dakota until the Second Coming of Christ, saved themselves a bundle. Anyone so innocent that he doesn’t feel at least a little uncomfortable about this can safely be described as being in a permanent state of political bliss.
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