Given Ono's support for those opposing excessive greed, how does she explain away the $500 million? According to the reaction to my Facebook post on the question, not very well:
"I am betting she doesn't keep all her money in a mattress! You think she would pull all her money out of the banks or out of Wall Street? Not likely."
"Let's not forget that her late husband wrote the Marxist anthem 'Imagine' while living in a Park Avenue penthouse. 'Imagine no possessions ...'"
"She is a rich lib ... she did not earn the money she has. Thus she does not understand like most liberals what they r complaining about. Someone should ask her ... 'Hey Yoko! Thank you for working hard to keep d memory of John going. ... But d money u have now ... is it easy to keep, do u have bills to pay. ... who made your clothing ... how about d limo? Private home, vacation home ... do u shop at Walmart with d regular folks ... or at Target? U going back to ur castle in New York? How much will u give to d US Treasury?'"
"Here's a line John forgot to put in his song, 'Imagine there's no liberals. It's easy if you try.'"
"Yoko Ono!! She's still around???? Is she taking some of those nuts back to her house for shelter? Oh wait. ... They expect only US to walk the walk while they just talk and talk and talk ... and go back to their alternative universe they live in. ..."
"If she never sings again, that's gift enough for me."
"But she worked hard for her money ... oh ... never mind."
As for erasing the "wealth disparity," the protestors have their work cut out for them. A 2006 study by the World Institute for Development Economics Research looked at wealth distribution worldwide. Defining "wealth" very broadly as the sum of all assets -- not just financial assets -- minus debts, the study concluded that the top 10 percent of the world's adults control about 85 percent of world's household wealth. The top 10 percent of Americans own 69.8 percent of their country's wealth. In Switzerland, the top 10 percent own 71.3 percent, and in France it's 61 percent.
Meanwhile, on the West coast, an "Occupy L.A." protestor who identified herself as a Los Angeles Unified School District employee knows exactly whom to blame: "I think that the Zionist Jews who are running these big banks and our Federal Reserve -- which is not run by the federal government -- they need to be run out of this country."
Hey, at least she didn't blame Yoko.