January 24, 2014

THE MORE THEY TALK ABOUT EQUALITY, THE MORE THEY ACT LIKE AN ARISTOCRACY: Dems Discuss ‘Income Inequality’ at Grammys, Posh St. Regis.

Democrats have made the issue of “income inequality” the cornerstone of their platform going into the November elections. In less than two months, the House Democrats will discuss this and other issues at the swanky and posh St. Regis hotel in Manhattan. Rooms start at $695 a night if you would like to join them.

Of course, you can’t simply show up at the DCCC’s “Issues Conference.” According to the email invitation, “[t]his annual Issues Conference is open to 2014 DCCC Business and Labor Council Platinum Members and to our 2014 Chairman’s Council Members.” I’m not certain what it takes to be a “plantinum member,” but I imagine it takes the kind of money that doesn’t blink at a $695 hotel room. Helpfully, the DCCC says you can contact them to determine one’s “eligibility.”

For those fortunate enough to attend, “the St. Regis New York has unveiled a bold new era of glamour at Manhattan’s best address,” according to the hotel’s website. Recently renovated, the hotel says the redesign’s “fresh and sophisticated approach has married original design elements, such as the crystal Waterford chandeliers and elegant crown moldings, with beautiful, large-format photographic artwork, vibrant-hued fabrics and stunning beveled mirrors.”

Related: Living Big on the Backs of Grocery Baggers: UFCW honchos staying at $488/night Disney World resort for annual board meeting.

Union bigwigs representing some of the nation’s lowest paid workers are holding their annual board meeting at one of Florida’s ritziest resorts just months after increasing membership dues.

The United Food and Commercial Workers union, which represents 1.4 million workers, is holding its annual board meeting at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, where “Victorian elegance meets modern sophistication.”

Two-hundred-fifty union officials are attending the 11-day conference ending Jan. 25, although not all are staying at the Grand Floridian. Resort rooms start at $488 per night before taxes and can exceed $2,000 if officials opt for a two Bedroom Club Level suite.

When UFCW officials are not meeting to discuss the union’s progress in its battle against Walmart, they can “relax in the sumptuous lobby as the live orchestra plays ragtime, jazz and popular Disney tunes. Bask on the white-sand beach, indulge in a luxurious massage and watch the fireworks light up the sky over Cinderella Castle.”

Sticking it to the man, at $2000 a night.

Also: Millionaire Congresswoman: Income Inequality is ‘Existential Threat’ to U.S. “In November 2013, the website Celebrity Networth listed DeLauro’s fortune at $20 million in its ‘Richest Politicians’ category.”

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