I don't think any reasonable person faults a person getting rich. It all depends on how one gets rich.
There's an old saying that goes "behind every great fortune is a great crime."
If you get rich by making a great invention, providing a service or starting a successful business more power to you. I haven't heard anyone complain
about Steve Jobs not deserving his billions. I like to call people like him entrepreneurs, as opposed to capitalists.
If you make millions being a movie star, dunking a basketball, lip-synching onstage wearing a see-through outfit, more power to you. We can gripe
about celebrities with questionable talent, but they're getting paid because enough people enjoy what they do.
What people are complaining about is this new class of elite parasites who get rich off the backs of the taxpayers and twisting the arms of
politicians to enrich their bottom line (to our detriment) when the people we elected are supposed to be working FOR US.
Nobody was complaining about banker's bonuses before government bailouts came into fashion. If these executives actually did a good job for their
company, then their high salaries are justified.
If your company makes billions, but consistently cheat your own employees out of fair wages and overtime, then you are a parasite.
If you make your fortune by swindling your customers, then you are a criminal and a parasite.
If you lobby the government for tax breaks (threatening to move your base of operations if you don't get such a tax break), and turn around and
outsource local jobs anyway, then you are a parasite.
If you go to to government looking for a bailout, pleading that your company is in financial trouble, then use that bailout money to hand out bonuses
to the executives that bankrupted the corporation in the first place, instead of shoring up your company and hiring competent people, you are a
The sky seems to be the limit as far as making a high salary is concerned, but there is a bottom. No adult working full-time should be living below
the poverty line. Any working adult should be able to clothe, feed and take care of his physical needs. Period. It's incredible that this is even
Originally posted by EsSeeEye
reply to post by whaaa
reply to post by marg6043
You guys sure do have all the compassion.
I did find it pretty funny that someone expressed that people use academics and statistics to hide greed. Makes me really curious who the
close-minded ones are.
Personally, I don't fault anyone for succeeding. When I see someone making a lot of money, it's just another piece of evidence that I can do
it myself. Guess what I'll be doing when that happens? Creating new jobs. I hope I can pay people enough to not be one of those greedy corporate
bastards though, otherwise my success will just be touted as selfish.
How much IS enough, anyway? I still haven't heard any good numbers. What do you have to pay your employees so as not to be considered greedy? A
number would be outstanding. While you're at it, how much is too much for a bonus? How about a salary? How much can one person have in their bank
account before they become slime?
An exact dollar amount would be preferred, please. I need to know where to stop succeeding.
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