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If your problem with my post is that I didn't clarify as to who I felt were "the rich," all you had to do was ask. The rich would be the people who own the corporations that profit the most. I could have said the rich included corporations, but those things are nothing without the men and women profiting and running them. It doesn't help to identify a faceless 'thing' that has no power on its own. It's the people behind it. Anyhow...
I am against swindling people, but I realize the need to get rid of the biggest swindlers first.
I read the "story" portion of your post, and it seemed to me like you were in favor of having the wealthy (including the wealthiest, aka as you term them, the 1%) keep even more than they already do.
It was never earned fair and square in the first place, is what I'm saying. With for-profit businesses, it never is.
The business (owned by a small number of people) seeks to hoard the money made by the business at the expense of everyone else, so they can get bigger and bigger.
It reminds me of a drug addict to who can't get enough. These people are addicted to getting free stuff, and they want more and more freebies, and they use their power to get it.
Originally posted by seabag
I have a friend with 9 kids that makes @$20,000 a year (seriously) and gets over $14,000 back every year, yet he pays no taxes! How does one deserve a "tax refund" when they pay no "tax"?? How is it a refund??
This is simply wealth redistribution....admit it.
Your personal standard of living is your own responsibility.
The wealthy and the elite designed the entire system and tax code in their favor. The $14,000 is not an expense to the super rich, it's an investment. They are investing in 9 children who will one day become the type of adults who will help to keep them rich. They are hoping that their standard of living, low quality of education, and media influence will help this family produce the next generation of prison inmates and slave wage laborers. They earn the greatest returns on these kinds of people.
Our economic system is based on the pyramid with its many tiers. It's a delicate balancing act. The population has to be divided into each of the tiers in order to keep the system up and running. If too many of the poor people try and become educated or increase their standard of living, their wouldn't be enough poor people who have no other option but to work for very low and unfair wages and the system would collapse. This is the main reason why the super rich promoted outsourcing and turn a blind eye to illegal immigration. Everyone in US nor the world can live a life of leisure and luxury with servants. Who is going to farm the land, build the houses, design and sew clothes, cook the food, clean the toilets, etc.
The very rich are okay with some wealth redistrubtion, as long as their taxes are being spent to keep the balance of power in their favor. A little bit of money spent on helping poor people produce the next generation of low wage earners and prison inmates is only an investment, not an expense. However, when the poor begin to rise too much or the upper middle class starts approaching, it's time to start beating people back.
The elite purposely crash the economy or go to war when they feel threatened. This is the conservative agenda. To "conserve" the status quo and make sure whoever is rich today will also be rich in the future.