The very rich are different from the likes of you and me.
We are merely humans, but they’re an entity:
A holding corporation, a partnership or trust
That magically can prosper when the rest of us go bust.
They shelter all their income with the useful legal fiction
Of setting up a business in some offshore jurisdiction
Depreciate their children, and earn their heartfelt thanks
For paying their allowances in sterling and Swiss francs.
Incorporate their families, and thus they can pretend
They’ve earned a tax deduction for everything they spend.
It’s far beyond what you or I could ever comprehend
But if companies were people, would you want one for a friend?
The very rich are different, as Scotty used to say.
They have much more money, and they’re keeping it that way.