Billionaire Sam Zell: Leave The One Percent Alone, We Just ‘Work Harder’ (VIDEO)


Another billionaire is out to put an end to the unjust persecution of the one percent.

This time it’s real estate investor Sam Zell, who said earlier this week that he agreed with fellow billionaire Tom Perkins that America’s super rich are victims of intolerance.

“The one percent are getting pummeled because it’s politically convenient to do so,” Zell said Wednesday on Bloomberg Television.

Rather than criticize the one percent, Zell argued, people ought to emulate their work ethic.

“The one percent work harder, the one percent are much bigger factors in all forms of our society,” he said.

Zell is on the same page with Perkins, the venture capitalist who wrote recently in the Wall Street Journal that the left’s treatment of the one percent is comparable to the Nazis’ treatment of Jews.


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