What needs to happen, IMO, is people putting their money where their mouth is. People like Buffett and Gates claim to want to pay higher taxes. Guess what, nothing is stopping them from doing that right now. It is completely legal to donate money to the government if you want. These two aren't doing that. They could also be donating BILLIONS of dollars every year to charity. I'm sure they donate some, but when your worth 50 billion why not donate 49 billion of it if you are that passionate? Heck, that isn't even a sacrifice because they would still be BILLIONARES. The thing that is stopping them from doing that is the same thing that stops most humans from being truly humble. It's their ego. They claim to want true equality and for the poor to be risen up. They have the power in their own hands to do that but they don't. Government won't do it either. Utopia doesn't and will never exist. The best we can do as people is give richly to our neighbors and family when they need it. If everyone did that, we wouldn't need government to garnish our wages and then misspend them.
Since Obama has taken over, we still have a dept. of homeland security and Gitmo still exists. Not only that but Obama recently signed a bill restricting the the ability of people to protest the president. They have to be placed into designated areas, which to me seems to be a violation of our right to assemble peaceably and freedom of speech, but hey who cares about that. Lets look at the violation of individual rights called Obama Care, forcing people to purchase something they dont want is a violation of personal freedom. How about the fact that he created czars so that the proper vetting could not be done, and he recently went around the senate to appoint heads of dept.. The list goes on and on .
I wont bet because I dont have the ability to make up crazy numbers, but I had recently read the 1 million people have stopped working and stopped looking for works in the past 30 months and that the economy has lost 170,000 jobs in the last 2 months. That doesn't sound like growth to me. If all things accounted for many economist believe that the unemployment rate is closer to 11%. If there has been any gain it isn't noticeable and the public aren't seeing it judging from his approval rating.
Well said, Ugly. The problem is that people like Ban claim that signing a bill like that doesn't matter. It doesn't matter because Obama put out a press release that said he'd never use it. Why would a president sign into law something that he doesn't agree with and claims he'll never use? The answer is because he will use it or he knows someone else will. Ban can't seem to take the blinders off and see what's best for the country because he's somehow beholden to a political party. What is truly sad is that people like Ban are the people who vote.
billions to it. Both have pledged to donate all of their fortune to charity. From the articles I have read the Gates foundations is extremely effective and has been making a large difference in some parts of the world. Not the greatest examples for your argument.
My argument is that it isn't for anyone to judge how much someone should give. Neither Gates or Buffet have given enough billions to no longer be billionaires. They have a whole lot more to give if they wanted. Yet, they are trying to influence the government to force others to give more in taxes. We can always tell someone else to give more, but that isn't our job. To make matters worse, Buffet is fighting the IRS on taxes right now. Why doesn't he just give them what they want? Why doesn't he give his fortune to charity now? Do either of them really need 50 billion dollars? The answer is that it's not for us to judge how much they or anyone else needs. It also isn't up to the government to do that.