Condescending towards the prudent
I had occasion to call for motel reservations near New York City at a moderate but clean hotel on the border of Queens and Long Island. I asked questions about the rate and if any reduction was given for business usage and for AARP, and what I would receive for the money. The clerk, who had a foreign accent, became short, curt and impatient with me. Here I was trying to be a saver, prudent with my spending, a good consumer and I was judged, wronged and mistreated. Savers should be respected because they are the backbone of our country. The desk clerk disrespected me because my question revealed I was not rich. He wouldn't talk to the rich the way he talked to me.
In a sense his attitude of condescension sabotaged the American dream of having a prosperous, informed, discerning middle class. His way serves to transform America to a ruling class and their underlings. He never “got” what America was, and is, and should be about.