The United Selfish of America is what we call it. There are dummies here who think they're going to win the lottery "any day now" and don't want to pay high taxes on that money. Those idiots make it difficult to tax the rich. I want to see the progressive taxes like we had during the Eisenhower era. We didn't have billionaires back then. And that tax was not meant to be a gold mine for the government. It was meant to discourage people accumulating more wealth than they need.

Harvard did a study a number of years ago which was reported on "60 Minutes". They concluded there was no formula for getting wealth. It was just "luck". We might call that "karma."

On 09/17/2013 10:13 AM, wrote:

Re Bhairitu: I just love to hear them say that someone like Bill Gates "worked hard for his money" :

That's my pet peeve. Yes, Gates was at the right place at the right time, and he put in some effort and had some original ideas so he deserves success and a comfortable life, but $72 billion? Do me a favour.

It is not just that you have to wonder quite how many yachts a rich man could buy before getting bored; it's more that $72 billion can buy a lot of influence - and I mean a lot. Such huge disparities of wealth are essentially undemocratic.

--- In, <noozguru@...> wrote:

Seraphita wrote one yesterday on the Forbes report of the richest Americans. I spotted it on the web site but it has never arrived here and I even checked the Yahoo Email site. You know me, I'll discuss the topic of the excessively rich at the drop of a hat. I was even going to comment on a similar article on CNET but didn't have time. Over their you get a bunch of Sillyconned Valley geeks who worship the wealthy "tech gods" and it is fun to fling some mud at them. I just love to hear them say that someone like Bill Gates "worked hard for his money" when his wealth like Zuckerberg's was "accidental".

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