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Originally posted by apacheman
The Navaho say that no man can become rich who takes proper care of his family.
I firmly believe that no one "earns" 200X or more per year than anyone else. They may have the capacity to take it, but that doesn't mean they've earned it, that whatever they done is 200X more valuable than anyone else's much less 900X.
What others see as "hardworking business executives" I see as workaholic emotionl cripples. To continue pursuing wealth when you have more than you, your wife, your children and cousins can spend in a lifetime is not a mark of success or superior intelligence or talent: it is a mark of deep sociopathic illness.
I advocate a wealth cap and mandatory economic retirement when you reach cap. Go play in some other sandbox then and leave some of the shared resource that the economy is to others to work and benefit from, too.
Originally posted by chase the sun
Remember, wealth is the part of your money you didn't spend. One major problem is that so many people just don't have the emotional intelligence to be rich. Throw money at them and it glances off. They spend it for a pile of shiny toys and are still broke at the end of the month. Statistics show that over 80% of the million dollar lottery winners are poor again after only two years. Hmm...how can that be?
In 2001, Independent Sector, a nonprofit organization focused on charitable giving, found that households earning less than $25,000 a year gave away an average of 4.2 percent of their incomes; those with earnings of more than $75,000 gave away 2.7 percent.
Originally posted by signal2noise
WTF is it with people and the rich?
So they're rich? BFD. Get out there, get working, do something that is valuable and you, too, and be rich.
"The Rich didn't earn that money!" If I had a nickel for every time I heard that comment here. And you honestly think that taking it from them and GIVING it do some deadbeat waste of skin is "earning it"?
Seems that most people would rather sit on their ever-expanding fat ass and whine to the government, "Those people shouldn't be rich. Give ME their money!!"
Originally posted by AlreadyGone
How about the guy, like me, that works 50+ hours a week, has a small farm/business on the side, eats pasta and rice and whats in the garden so he can make a life for his family?