EpicNEd (el 23/08/14 a las 11:33 am)
The 99% is only mad at the 1% because they aren't rich too.
Michael Texeira (el 04/11/14 a las 12:22 am)
It's amazing how many people commenting here clearly know absolutely
nothing about modern economics, nor the state of the current wealth
distribution. Anyone who thinks that people who produce nothing of value
for humanity (people who make money off of speculation [essentially by
driving up prices...actually hurting the majority], people who make money
off of usury, people who retain money by avoiding paying their share of the
taxes that pay for the roads and services that they benefit from) deserve
extreme wealth more than people who provide vital services for humanity
(teachers, farmers, sewage workers, water treatment personnel, etc.) has a
serious mental problem. Stop drinking the Fox News Kool-Aid.
Theft is, at its roots, the taking of something which doesn't belong to
you. McDonalds makes huge profits partially by paying their employees so
little that full-time employees qualify for benefits. They essentially
have shifted the burden of paying their work force partially onto the tax
payer. Monsanto makes its money partially by suing farmers whose fields
have, through no fault of their own, become contaminated with Monsanto's
patented seeds. In a sane society, these actions would not be allowed.
McDonalds, relying on its labor force for its business would pay them
enough that their employees could rely on their employers for meeting their
basic needs. Even slave owners supplied their work force with places to
live and food to eat. McDonalds gives less to its employees than slave
owners gave to their slaves.
Here's some interesting facts. When a loan is issued, the bank essentially
creates that money from nothing. The money comes into existence at the
point the loan is issued. This means that the money doesn't really exist.
Money is supposed to be a stand in for actual valuable resources. So,
when a bank loans you money, they are really giving you access to real
resources that the bank itself possesses. In this case, the bank doesn't
possess any resources except that of the public perception of the bank's
stability...its image. It costs the bank nothing to issue you a loan. It
merely appears on a balance sheet. No actual work is done to produce this
money. If, however, you cannot pay this loan back, they will take the
objects that you have spent actual labor in acquiring, such as a house.
They give you imaginary money and take real assets back. The bank always
There is a common conception that the poor have just as much opportunity to
be rich as the rich do. Every study done on the matter, however, shows
that it is much more difficult to rise out of poverty than this conception
would imply. The jobs available in low-income areas often have little
opportunity for advancement. They are dead-end jobs. Also, because
competition for limited work is often quite fierce in low-income areas,
employers can often get away with paying less money than a living wage
(which in a compassionate world would be unthinkable), forcing people to
take on multiple jobs in order to make ends meet. This, of course,
increases the competition for jobs. In the end, the more motivated and
intelligent people in low-income areas may often have more than one job
while many people can't find a single job. This lack of gainful employment
creates the need for alternate economies, and so gangs and drug dealers,
pimps and prostitutes find a niche there.
Most importantly, the stress of being poor increases ones susceptibility to
illness, psychological disorders, substance abuse, and a host of other
ills. A sane species would realize that poverty hurts everyone and
wouldn't think twice about taking money away from those who have more than
they can ever spend to remove a social problem which causes crime and other
symptoms which spill over into everyone's lives. We, however, are not a
sane species. We are a species of people who are adept at ignoring facts
and believing what is repeated rather than what the evidence supports. We
are amazing at rationalizing our beliefs in order to avoid cognitive
dissonance, and exceptionally good at shutting down empathy so that we can
use our iPhones and drink our lattes in peace while the mentally disabled
stumble around us, homeless and hopeless. In these last bits, I'm as
guilty as anyone, because the actual depth of daily human suffering on this
planet is so astounding in its intensity that it almost paralyzes me. So,
I shut down and distract myself with the internet, or video games, or some
other activity designed to numb me to the pain and sorrow of billions of
people trapped in war zones, kept in abusive relationships, incarcerated
for victimless crimes, forced to work for almost nothing in companies they
hate, being evicted from property that will end up sitting vacant simply
because they don't have little slips of paper, watching their communities
be torn down in order to build another place for people to buy things that
they don't need, watching their children die of malnutrition or disease,
getting forced into militias in war-torn nations, and worse.
So, if you think that the 99% is mad because they desperately want to live
opulently while others starve, all that means is that you're so
disconnected from basic mammalian empathy that you can't even imagine what
it might look like in others. Congratulations, you're a sociopath.
Rubashow (el 18/09/14 a las 12:57 pm)
That's the right attitude! Your live sucks because of someone else and
there's nothing you can do about it. And everyone who has money is an
vincent schuurhof (el 29/10/14 a las 2:53 pm)
omg ive never seen so many un-educated IDIOTS ever in as i have have in
this chat.... tax is theft? rich people should pay the same tax as poor
pepole? paying taxes dosent help the country? i know some of these people
are probably also trollign these retards but ffs stupid idiots like these
hould have listened in grade school now if you dont agree to what i just
said then yo uare a stupid moron who should fucking learn how economy works
now fucking bye
William Boyle (el 07/09/14 a las 7:47 am)
I'm the son of a CEO of a small legal firm in Texas. My dad paid for his
own education, sacrificed ALL of his money by starting companies(3, one of
them Ivita, look it up) and worked 14 hour days for most of his life. He
deserves his money, fuck you assholes who claim that the rich don't earn
their money. I'm not saying the rich shouldn't give back, but it shouldn't
be by way of taxes. Taxes are bullshit, people don't even see the use of it
anyways. Seriously, sit your ass down, and think about what you see your
taxes do. Public school, hospitals, and roads are just about all you come
in contact with daily. Public schools are shit, healthcare is a joke, and
roads where I live are too fucking small, we don't even have bike lanes!
Taxes are so high, not to mention complex. The tax code is a thousand
pages- no shit. Please for the love of god, do not believe the rich should
be taxed more, it doesn't benefit you if we are! Don't even get me started
on increasing minimum wage either... dense mother fuckers are leading this
nation. Thank god we have so much wealth. hmm thanks rich people.
tacocookie1015 (el 31/05/14 a las 7:32 pm)
Millionaires deserve their money. They worked hard for it.
bacon bowl (el 07/08/14 a las 7:51 am)
just in everyone who actually supports shitty rich people doesnt realise
that a good amount of poor people have college degrees but still get low
that the minimum wage was created for people to be able to live off it.
Doga Pamuklar (el 20/06/14 a las 4:33 am)
Why can't every body just be taxed a set percentage of their income,
regardless of how much said income is?
Grammar Nazi Party (el 25/05/14 a las 11:09 pm)
wtf YouTube added a weird sound when you like comments...
Samuel Khalil (el 21/10/14 a las 8:05 pm)
I think the millionaires tax is complete nonsense, People have studied hard
and worker harder to make that money, i apologise but everyone has equal
opportunity to obtain an education and go to university, it isn't my
problem if they decided not to take it.
Don't blame wealthy people for having a high standard lifestyle, they
deserved it and clearly poor people just don't.. soz truth hurts.