Wealth leads to delusion rich are inherently virtuous
When a billionaire outwardly opposes higher taxes, it may not be a matter of money, although we can assume that he lacks real virtue, insight, self-reflection and a habit of self-chastisement. He might not be solely greedy, or stingy or miserly.
There is actually something that selfish people cherish more than money once they have amassed it. He, and those of his class, value pleasure and appearance, of course, but worship their sense of power, superiority and camaraderie with the separatist elite. These men fear the slightest loss of power and influence, because they lack anchorage in fellow feeling and the essence of humanity. Some of them fear a return to the human race.
Wealthy people believe that a combination of factors account for their good fortune. They think they deserve to be selfish because of sacrifice, plan, ambition, effort and seizing of opportunity. But they also believe they are chosen.
They forget their exploitation of others; their corruption; and their fears, doubts and self-deceit; and imagine that an extraterrestrial light shines upon them. Their imagined selection reflects their belief in their own inherent goodness and virtue.
In their minds, excessive wealth is a badge of intelligence and virtue and a sure sign that they will receive special handling at the end of life and postmortem.
The slightest shift toward the edges of their self-erected pedestals, due to loss of status, makes monsters out of moneymen.