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Gene Simmons says poor people don't appreciate the rich

Kiss' Gene Simmons has done very well for himself and he isn't ashamed of it. Furthermore he believes that the less fortunate should be more grateful for how the rich are supporting the economy. During an interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune, Simmons said,. "The one percent pays 80 percent of all taxes. Fifty percent of the population of the U.S. pays no taxes . . . The one percent provides all the jobs for everybody else. If the one percent didn’t exist, there would be chaos and the American economy would drop dead. Try being nice to rich people. I don’t remember the last poor person who gave me a job."

Simmons also hared his thoughts on his extreme self-confidence. He explained, "You know how I spell shameless? P-r-o-u-d . . . People often confuse, at least in my estimation, my pride and self-confidence with arrogance. Because they are not used to people who have an in-your-face, ‘take it or leave it/this is how I am’ point of view. I’m more like an animal in the jungle that urinates on the ground and doesn’t ask your permission. ‘This is me, this is my territory.’ It’s simply defining who I am and what I stand for.”

He added, "Others simply hold their opinions to themselves and never say who they are you. You will always know who I am . . . You don’t have to like it; that’s OK if you don’t.”

Despite his wealth and me first mindset, Simmons did share that he had an appreciation for the smaller things in life. He said, "It’s a good thing to take note of the small pleasures in life. If you can appreciate them, you have it figured out . . . It’s true I can buy planes, mansions and all that stuff. But if you don’t appreciate getting up in the morning and having a muffin with jam on it , just smear it on there, with some cream cheese! and coffee, and some quiet time . . . if you don’t appreciate the little stuff, you won’t appreciate the big. I’m what’s considered rich. But if you don’t appreciate the pennies, you can’t appreciate the dollars.”

Side Notes:

• Simmons will release a self help primer for aspiring entrepreneurs titled, Me, Inc., in the fall. He recently shared some financial advice. He said,  “I’m duly diligent. I do a better job of balancing my budget than the U.S. government does with its budget. America is in debt for almost $17 trillion. I’ve never been in debt. I’ve always had more money than I spent, which is Rule No. One, which is what I’ll talk about in my book. You are your own business.”

• Simmons and Paul Stanley  are starring in a new reality show, 4th and Loud, which chronicles the inaugural season of the L.A. Kiss, an arena football team owned which is partially owned by the two rockers.. The show premieres on AMC on August 12th.

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