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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:45 PM

Would social equity hurt the rich?

If everyone had healthcare, education and fair pay would this make the rich lose their edge?

Is this the real reason these are being blocked so hard?

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Reply Would social equity hurt the rich? (Original post)
SoutherDem Jun 2012 OP
onehandle Jun 2012 #1
SDjack Jun 2012 #2
PDJane Jun 2012 #3
bemildred Jun 2012 #4
angstlessk Jun 2012 #5
sadbear Jun 2012 #6

Response to SoutherDem (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:47 PM

1. Yes. Instead of having a billion dollars, they'd only have 950 million dollars.

They would be ruined.

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Response to SoutherDem (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:07 PM

2. To FEEL really rich, you must extract service from the poor at

less than a living wage. It is a matter of bragging rights at the country club.

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Response to SoutherDem (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:07 PM

3. It's a matter of perception rather than actuality.

Instead of looking at the large picture, they are looking at their own narrow interests.

The fact of the matter is that the rich would be safer, richer, and more connected to the world they live in if they didn't hoard the world for themselves. Lots of money makes things easier, but it tends to leave you without a moral compass and with a lot of judgmental anger. The US cannot continue to use 28% of the world's resources for 5% of the population; when you take it down to the 99% vs. 1%, the number of people who are running the show is so small as to be negligible in the grand scheme of things, and that small number of people are vulnerable, in spite of their money...or maybe because of their money.

The likelihood that the economy will collapse from the weight of those at the top gets greater every year, too; the number of civilizations that have gone for precisely the same reasons should be etched in stone somewhere, along with the ways that they collapsed, as an object lesson for those who believe in the Rand theory of unfettered greed being good for a society.

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Response to SoutherDem (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:10 PM

4. It's not enough for them to be rich, we have to be poor,

Otherwise their egos will not be fed enough.

“Men nearly always speak and write as if riches were absolute, as if it were possible, by following certain scientific precepts, for everybody to be rich. Whereas riches are a power like that of electricity, acting only through inequalities or negations of itself. The force of the guinea you have in your pocket depends wholly on the default of a guinea in your neighbors pocket. If he did not want it, it would be of no use to you; the degree of power it possesses depends accurately on the need or desire he has for it, – and the art of making yourself rich, in the ordinary mercantile economist's sense, is therefore equally and necessarily the art of keeping your neighbor poor.” – John Ruskin “Unto the Last”

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Response to SoutherDem (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:33 PM

5. with only

nine hundred and ninety trillion, eight hundred and ninety billion, nine hundred and ninety million, eighth hundred and fifty thousand and seven hundred and eighty dollars to be had......the rich want them ALL!

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Response to SoutherDem (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:34 PM

6. Should we really give a shit?

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