Man, I'll be honest with you, Bob, on your last post. It gave me a headache, bigtime. It went everywhere at once, and nowhere in particular (humming Chuck Berry's 'No Particular Place to Go.) This is not a cricitism; i just need some summary statement. You kept saying 'you', and I didn't really know if you meant me, or some other 2nd person anonymous. Just about all your assumptions about me were incorrect, if that was the gist.
The company I worked for was very heavily regulated, with both state and federally mandated tax rates. Our beloved government totally illegally even went so far as to break up my company into smaller entities and the country is much worse off and farther behind in years in technology because of it. (that's a different story for another day)
Your statements that they didn't earn the money they made is, in my opinion, is not very accurate. To say all the big companies don't earn their money, or should be disparaged or envied into some sort of private guilt is really reaching into some kind of extended hyperbole based on a false premise.
"Nonsense, it was their money." you wrote.
Wait a minute, they earned it! Even with your premise, they will earn 100% of their money thru sale of goods or services UNTIL the government decides WHICH percentage (hi,low,moderate) to deduct from their gross profits. It simply becomes a shell-game of what number they chose. Irregardless, unless you are accusing all companies of overcharging, they earned the gross monetary amount.
I can't even begin to tell you how hard I had to work, how many jobs I had to work simultaneously, or refused government assistance when I could have taken a free check. I was 40 before I bought my first new car, and it was a Saturn. Still have it! LOL
There's a great verse from the Charlie Daniels Band that has sort of been my personal motto:
"I ain't asking nobody for nothing
If I can't get it on my own.
If you don't like the way I'm livin'
You just leave this long-haired country boy alone."
Guess what I am saying is: please don't make the false assumption that everyone (or even 'most') rich people didn't earn their money. Yeah, I have my own business, but 99% of the people wouldn't have worked half as hard to get there or put in the hours.
I'm not a big fan of the word 'fair' when it comes to 'fair shares.' What's fair to someone who envies my wealth asking for their 'fair share' of it is far different than what 'fair share' means to me - who knows what it took to get there in b,s,& tears.
If you make the argument: but their NEED is greater! Be careful, that's the chief tenet of Marxist philosophy.
"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need." -Karl Marx
or as Wikipedia interprets the above statement:
"every person should contribute to society to the best of their ability and consume from society in proportion to their needs, regardless of how much they have contributed."
Nothing would annoy me more, seriously, than some able bodied person, not working, coming up to me and telling me I didn't pay enough, and they want their fair share of my income!
You see, to me, THAT would be theft.
I couldn't even write the word: GRR with enough R's!
Do you understand where I'm coming from, Bob?
Much obliged for your thoughts,