Saturday, December 11, 2010
Being of Two Minds
On the other hand, regarding billionaires, there's always the Chinatown question, reproduced below:
Jake Gittes: How much are you worth?
Noah Cross: I have no idea. How much do you want?
Jake Gittes: I just wanna know what you're worth. More than 10 million?
Noah Cross: Oh my, yes!
Jake Gittes: Why are you doing it? How much better can you eat? What could you buy that you can't already afford?
Noah Cross: The future, Mr. Gittes! The future.
Is the future a Bill Gates, for example, can yet produce something we should stop through confiscatory taxes? What about the future Ted Turner envisions?
Let me ask a few questions.
1. Do you think the deficit is problem?
2. Did you favor extending the Bush tax cuts to the top 2% of earners?
3. If so, why?
4. Do you think that tax cuts to the top 2% of wage earners creates jobs?
5. If so, what is the mechanism by which such jobs are created?
6. How are jobs created with after tax dolllars?
7. Do you think that the GOP leadership, having just forced a deal by which the federal government will be deprived of $700 billion dollars over the next 10 years, can even talk about the deficit without appearing to be complete hypocrites whose only interests is protecting the interests of the uber rich?
8. If so, how?
9. Do you believe that the snow job that has caused the rank and file everyday Republican to believe that protecting the interests of the uber rich to the detriment of the country and the detriment of themselves is one of the most masterful in recent history?
It is a simplistic observation but none the less true, rich people hire people to do work for money, poor people don't. Many of the uber rich, as you use that germanic term, are business owners who do in fact control whether the business is hiring or not. I know it's more complicated than that, but you seem to ignore that basic fact