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    Words In Action, Icicle68

    In an apocryphal tale, was asked why he robbed banks. He is said to have responded "Because that's where the money is!"

    The same reasoning applies to raising taxes on the rich, they have the money. Closing tax loopholes and seizing hidden assets are also on my wish-list for the holidays.

    "Political ends as sad remains will die." - YES 'And You and I' ; -8.88, -9.54

    by US Blues on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 07:46:34 AM PST

    •  Just because it's interesting... (2+ / 0-)
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      US Blues, sebastianguy99

      More background on Willie Sutton, a la Snopes:

      Bank robber Willie Sutton (1901-1980) did rather well at his profession: Over the course of his career, he made off with an estimated $2 million in ill-gotten gains. He was a daring and resourceful robber who used disguises and trickery to achieve his ends, including dressing as a policeman, window washer, maintenance man, bank guard, mover, Western Union messenger, and striped-pants diplomat.

      Yet for all his success, Sutton wasn't a typical thug. He was instead described by those he encountered as polite and even a gentleman. (One victim said witnessing one of his robberies was like being at the movies, except the usher had a gun.)

      More at link...

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