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  •  Yep. (26+ / 0-)

    And also the "you don't deserve internet or phone" because I'm poor and  those are wastes of money.

    I write the series Confessions of a Retail Worker here on DK. It documents my life in a non-unionized workplace.

    by Lightbulb on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 05:34:56 AM PDT

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    •  God forbid poor people have access to the internet (27+ / 0-)

      Its so hard to keep them ignorant that way.
      I was thinking about the right wing answers to higher taxes for the rich.  "Its their money - they worked hard for it - you want to redistribute their wealth."

      I doubt seriously that assholes like Jamie Dimon work any harder than the guy who cuts my lawn.  He has at least 2 jobs and works weekends on his own.
      He never gets a vacation or sick leave or time off and
      he struggles to put food on the table for his family and keep a roof over their heads.  I'm sure his wife works as well.  Why are his labors disregarded?  Why are his efforts less than?

      I have my own small business.  I have created a job for
      myself.  I'm a job creator.  I get taxed out the wazoo.

      I'm not rich.  I'm closer to poor, since I'm a single person trying to pay all of the bills.
      The US definition of poverty for one person is:
      $10,890 per year.  That's $907.50 per month.
      Republicans would like to ask a person making that amount to pay federal income taxes.
      But, God forbid someone making $200,000. a month should pay an additional 3-5% on that income.
      Even tho they are making $2,400,000. a year.
      $2,400,000.  compared to $10,890. a year!!!
      $200.000 compared to $907 per month!!!!!
      But republicans point their fingers at the poor and call them leeches and vermin.
      Yup, America's poor - Living the Dream.

      We're the Honey Badger wing of the Donner Party. We're mad as hell and we're not gonna take it anymore. Have you seen our videos?

      by Cassandra77 on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 07:07:02 AM PDT

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      •  7 out of 10 of the (8+ / 0-)

        top ten wealthiest are the children and grandchildren of people who actually "made" the money they inherited. You can't take it with you, but maybe we should insist that they try. When you die, it gets buried with you. period. it's your money, you made it, no one should take it away from you. fold your dead fingers around it and hold on tight for the afterlife.

        Will drag Obama to the left if we have to

        by athenap on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 09:34:03 AM PDT

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      •  Many wealthy professionals work long hours (4+ / 0-)

        But those hours are padded out by long lunches, comfortable surroundings, underlings, cab rides, and heliports.

        It's a crock.

        •  Beg to differ (0+ / 0-)

          For a tiny minority of the wealthy, this is a crock. Leona Helmsley comes to mind.

          Basically, you're saying that working long hours doesn't count if you're wealthy.

          Nobody gets wealthy by counting the hours worked. Those who become wealthy by working think in terms of getting things done, not in terms of hours.

          Time is relevant to these folks, but the idea is to increase productivity by getting more done in less time.

          Imagine yourself running a small business, say, a landscaping service. This involves more than putting in the hours. You can't do this without underlings. Besides the need for physical laborers, you need equipment, supplies, designers, schedulers, record keepers, and much more, but most importantly, you need customers.

          In this job, running the business, you can't possibly do everything. You have what seems like an overwhelming amout of things that must get done and not enough time to do it all.

          Pretend you're that person. You decide. Maybe you'll become wealthy. Maybe you'll lose every dime you put into the business. Maybe one of your employees gets injured or killed on the job. Maybe a customer that owes you a lot of money declares bankruptcy or skips town. You are always running the business every single day. Even in your dreams.

          Still punching that clock?

          "All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats" - Groucho Marx

          by GrumpyOldGeek on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 12:55:30 PM PDT

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