Today, I take a break from my ranting to bring you a sorrowful tale of woe. No, I’m not going to tell you about the hurricane victims in the Philippines or the tragedy going on in Syria. I won’t bore you with tales of the pitiful Chicago Bears season. Today, I want to tell you about poor King Albert II of Belgium.
In July of 2013, King Albert gave up the throne. He was involved in an embarrassing paternity scandal, so abdicated the throne to his son. Naughty, naughty! However, the King’s struggles didn’t end there.
As a retired king, he gets an annual pittance of just 1.24 million (USD) dollars, down from the $10,000,000+ he earned* as King. Can you imagine haveing to take a pay cut like that? How can the King possibly be expected to heat his castle or fuel his mega-yacht? On top of that, he has an apartment in Rome and two vacation homes in France he has to look after. But wait, it gets even worse! On top of all of this, our King has to pay taxes on the 1.24 million, just like a commoner. Poor, poor man.
So, the King did what anyone in his right mind would do; petition the government for more money. However, it appears that the King picked the wrong time to quit his job. The Belgian government is taking austerity measures to bring debt under control. Sadly, the King’s request was turned down.
Screw the sarcasm, time to go off on this clown
This guy is a (insert one or pick your own: tool, fool, idiot, bonehead, rat-brain, arsehole, clown, jerk, bonehead, spoiled rotten brat).
If I were the Belgians, here is what I’d do: He’d get a last class ticket in the cargo hold of a propeller plane crammed with chickens and goats. The plane would make about 50 stops on its way to Somalia or Iraq or Afghanistan or any of the other places in the world where a significant percentage of the populace goes to bed hungry every night. Upon arriving, his job would be to help carry clean water to villages or hand out UN bags of rice. No indoor plumbing allowed either! This guy is doing his business in a hole in the ground. Better bring some corn cobs, Mr. King.
How on earth does one even arrive at such a ludicrous mindset? I like to think that even if I came into some massive amount of money, I’d stay grounded. Look at Mr. Crist; he is my hero! Also, take a look at this girl who was worth $160,000,000, and worked in food service.
I hate to get all preachy and serious, but if you’re reading this now, you’re probably living in a first world country like America or Canada or some place in Western Europe. Sure, our lives can suck at times. Bad stuff happens to all of us. However, next time you get mad because the drive-thru screwed up your order or some butthead cut you off in traffic, consider how fortunate you are just to have been born in a good place. This thought is clearly lost on the King.
*I use the word “earned” very, very loosely.
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