reply to post by ImaginaryReality1984
Let's start over...
Currently, I don't make anywhere near a billlion dollars and probably by general standards, I would be called middle-class. With my middle class
wages, I currently give to charity monthly by direct withdraw of funds from my bank account. I do this because I've had a very hard life and I used
to be so poor, I would go 3 and 4 days without food. I know what it's like to be hungry.
A few years ago, told myself I would never be hungry again and decided to start my own business. I work an 80 hour week (sometimes more) to provide
food for my family, pay my bills, make my car payment and more. Eight years ago, I didn't even own a car and nine years ago food was a luxury for
So, now I work my butt off to be able to own things I've never had, and I'm actually able to give to charity as well as give to my community. I
know what it's like not to have even the very basic necessities of life. I can't tell you the number of hardships and heartbreaks I've been
Now, let's fast forward to the future:
Let's say that in 10 years' time from today, I happen to make 2 billion dollars.
You're absolutely right - there's a lot I can do with that 2 billion dollars, but I would want to continue my success, so I would probably start up
a company, hire employees and make certain they were paid well, recieved great health care, got generous bonuses, etc., because I would want to make
sure my employees were well taken care of. Also, a lot of the money my company earned would go into the community, which might help generate new
jobs, it might help the hungry, it could help the homeless, maybe it would even make sure people had warm coats in the winter or it may help send
underpriveledged kids to summer camp.
If you put a cap on what I make (either personally or on a business I own which is in my name), then I believe by doing so, it is taking away my own
ability to prosper, which in turn will prevent new jobs, which will eventually take more away from my community, which will lead to even more
hopelessness and despair - which puts me, as well as others I might have been able to help, right back where we started - with nothing, or very
That's a very bad and very scary place for me to be.