Yay, Gina Rinehart!
by Becky Akers
by Becky Akers: 'A
Brave Resistance, or the Most Abject Submission'
ask for more convincing proof that we live in times of universal
deceit than the uproar greeting Gina Rinehart’s truth-telling, not
only in her native Australia but worldwide.
For those of
you too busy earning your own money to covet others’, and who have
therefore never heard of Ms. Rinehart, allow me to show off my new-found
knowledge. Ms. Rinehart is the only child of a gentleman, now deceased,
who left her the business he’d established, Hancock
Prospecting, in Perth, Western Australia.
company was bankrupt. Ms. Rinehart not only resuscitated it, her
prudent management sent its profits into the stratosphere. (Her
loyal executive director Tad Watroba, 65, … a mining engineer
who arrived in Australia 30 years ago after fleeing communist Poland
with his wife Margaret" tells us Ms. Rinehart "waited
seven years for necessary dental work after she took over a debt-laden
Hancock Prospecting after Lang's death in 1992…")
the Australian media hates Ms. Rinehart for such probity. And the
foreign media seems determined to match that virulence. They variously
bill her as "Australia’s
richest person," "the
world’s richest woman," or, when they really want readers
turning pea-green with envy, the "heiress" whose fortune
easily surprised [sic for surpassed?] Forbes’ calculation
of the £16 billion estimation of Christy Walton, widow of John Walton
and holder of a major stake in the American retail giant Wal-Mart.
In an extraordinary accumulation of riches from the mining industry,"
– and not because of her own efforts, of course – "Mrs Rinehart’s
wealth has grown by an unprecedented £11 billion this year alone.
She makes more than £630,000 every 30 minutes, say financial experts."
Yet this hatchet-job astoundingly asserts that its victim "has
never had a real job." Perhaps the reporter’s thinking of Queen
Elizabeth, not this workhorse with what The
Australian called a "punishing schedule -- she has
been known to work through the night."
is made of spunky stuff – the sort that Americans (and, presumably,
Aussies, too,) celebrated before Marxism conquered the country.
It wasn’t enough that the world’s trash was practically impaling
itself with jealousy over her wealth; she apparently wanted it to
despise her for her opinions as well. And so she has taken to dispensing
what decent people recognize as common sense but politicians,
unions and their foghorns in the media excoriate as "insult[ing]"
believes, you see, that folks should work hard if they expect to
prosper. I know, I know: hang her higher than Haman.
she "wrote in an industry magazine column" (I tried to
link to the original article posted here
so we can read her words in context, but the site only delivers
an error message), "There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire
… If you're jealous of those with more money, don't just sit there
and complain." Uh-oh: there goes the favorite pastime of way
too many people. "Do something to make more money yourself
-- spend less time drinking or smoking and socialising, and more
Seems Ms. Rinehart didn’t get the memo about one’s finances never
being the individual’s responsibility, never the result of
his choices, poor or prudent, his virtues and vices, his preference
for or postponing of immediate gratification. Rather, poverty is
always the fault of The Rich, who stole all the loot before
the rest of us got there while lolling about on their yachts, drinking
champagne and plotting how to exploit us further.
But I interrupted
our champ. She also suggested that the aspiring Mr. Bigbucks "become
one of those people who work hard, invest and build, and at
the same time create employment and opportunities for others. …
The millionaires and billionaires who choose to invest in Australia
are actually those who most help the poor and our young." And,
as an employer herself, she no doubt spoke from experience when
she added that "lowering
minimum wages and lowering taxes would make employers hire more
not only shattered the myth that The Rich keep the rest of us poor,
she’s also pointed to the culprit of more poverty than anything
else: government. "Rinehart
blamed what she described as ‘socialist’, anti-business policies
for the plight of Australia's poor."
And the State’s
thieving leeches came out swinging. "These
sorts of comments are an insult to the millions of Australian
workers who go to work and slog it out to feed the kids and pay
the bills," sniffed "Treasurer Wayne Swan." Slimy
Swan is a "senior [minister]" as well as "an outspoken
critic of Australia’s mining billionaires and their deep-pocketed
anti-tax campaigns." Oh, I’ll bet he is. How dare The Rich
try to evict his greedy mitts from their pockets!
fact that this loathsome politician opposes Ms. Rinehart recommends
her, let alone her astute observations. And were I one of those
slogging Australian workers, I’d find her "comments" far
less insulting than the taxes, licensing, regulations and other
horrors Swan & Co. dish out.
Minister Tanya Plibersek" joined the attack. She "said
it was ‘pretty easy for Gina Rinehart to say that people on the
minimum wage should get paid less.’"
Straw men are
always easiest to defeat. Though we’re unable to read her entire
article, Ms. Rinehart said nothing of the kind in any of the extracted
But the straw
dog barked again in responses to further declarations from this
irrepressible heroine. "In
a video recorded for the Sydney Mining Club," she notes
that miners in Africa "‘are willing to work for less than $2
per day.’ … she explains that ‘Africans want to work. Such statistics
make me worry for this country's future.’" Heck, Ms. Rinehart,
I don’t have even a zillionth of your expertise in business, but
it makes me worry for Americans’ futures, too. "’Indeed, if
we competed at the Olympic Games as sluggishly as we compete economically,
there would be an outcry."
uncommon sense provoked Australia’s Official Thieves as surely as
it would ours. "PM Julia Gillard responded today, saying, ‘It's
not the Australian way to toss people ... a $2 gold coin and then
ask them to work for a day.’" And again, that’s not what Ms. Rinehart
You won’t be
surprised to learn that "Australia's
mining union labelled her remarks ‘bizarre’ and accused her
of pursing a ‘dangerous’ agenda. ‘At the same time as trying to
import cheap foreign labour and avoid paying tax’" – ah, yes:
when a mugger lurks in the alley, only the "bizarre" and
"dangerous" choose a different route home – "’Rinehart
claims it's millionaires and billionaires who are the greatest for
social good,’" sneered "mining union president Tony Maher."
adman John Singleton," who also owns Macquarie Radio Network,
claims the same thing. He said in reference to Ms. Rinehart that
"if it wasn't for mining … we would be living in a Third World
country." Whom to believe? Well, between a demagogue who breaks
knees like Tony and a businessman canny enough to recognize Ms.
Rinehart’s brilliance, I’m going with the latter.
But Tony wasn’t
done spewing his bile. "She should spend less time ranting
and more time sharing," he lectured, as if he should.
this cretin takes his own advice.
Akers [send her mail] is
a free-lance writer and historian. Her novel of the American Revolution
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