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Otto_Harper's Journal
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March 27, 2022

A quick reflection on taxing the richest of the rich

I just looked up a list of the 10 richest people on the planet. Nine of the top 10 are from the US.

I just looked up the price of an aircraft carrier (That being one of the priciest items I could think of) - about $13 Billion

And then I compared the wealth of these people to the price of an aircraft carrier (the US currently operates 11 of them)

Elon Musk, at $218.3B could buy 3 of them for the US and STILL retain his position of the richest person in the world.
Jeff Bezos at $165.5B could buy 2 more of them for the US and STILL retain his position of the 3rd richest person in the world.
Bill Gates at $130.7B could throw another one in and STILL retain his position of the 4th richest person in the world.

Warren Buffet, Larry Page, Larry Ellison, Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Balmer, each with $100B+ could easily afford one each aircraft carrier, and there we have replaced all of the US aircraft carriers (plus added another new one), and not have even put a dent in their personal fortunes, nor even changed their positions in the global competition for how many dollars they can stuff into their pillow cases.

The wealth these individuals are hoarding is completely distorting the current economy and needs to end. Ever wonder where the middle class went in the US? Its stuffed into some burlap dollar-sign bags in their back rooms.

March 24, 2022

For the millon we have lost

As we cross the 1 million deaths from Covid mark here in the US, I thought it would be appropriate to do SOMETHING to recognize that fact. While the entire country seems to be doing the Yippee Yippee dance that they can go maskless, Covid is just regrouping for yet another go at us.

Here is a link to a piece on YouTube which was posted to commemorate this occasion.

March 21, 2022

The Ukrainian National Anthem on a Baroque Lute

Daniel Estrem is one of my favorite musicians. I love the sparse yet clear statement of this piece:

March 13, 2022

The Party of Treason

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