Headline Reaction: That’s a Far Cry from John Boy

Via ForbesSix Waltons Have More Wealth Than the Bottom 30 % of Americans.

(No doubt one has to be of a certain age to get the ref).

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  1. john personna says:

    It was a terrible time to be a kid named john …

  2. John Burgess says:

    But a great one, if your name was Sam!

  3. James Joyner says:

    It’s worth noting that virtually everyone reading this has a net worth higher than the combined bottom 25 percent of Americans–who have zero net worth.

  4. @James Joyner: True.

  5. rodney dill says:

    good night John Boy

  6. Ernieyeball says:

    “I think we all know what Mr. Goldberg wants us to make of it, it’s a telling indictment of American wealth inequality, the world’s going to the dogs and something must be done about rising inequality.”

    Let’s see now. One reason the late Sam Walton’s estate and his surviving kin have all this money is that countless American consumers have voluntarily redistributed their own wealth by walking into Walmart, digging into their pockets and giving it to them!
    Whatta Country!

  7. ponce says:

    Want to fell old?

    John Boy Walton is 61.

  8. @ponce: I didn’t need to know that.