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  •  A facepalm of a generalization (6+ / 0-)

    I'm just as offended by some of the comments here that snidely say how people who are rich don't work at all and are essentially lazy snobs.

    There are a few, true. But it's a matter of degree, not only "some of the comments" as well as "rich".....

    Again, you know this already. So this is just more concern trolling.

    “Vote for the party closest to you, but work for the movement you love.” ~ Thom Hartmann 6/12/13

    by ozsea1 on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 02:51:30 PM PST

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    •  Those are the ones I'm talking about (1+ / 0-)
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      There are a few, true
      For some people, it's not enough to say what an idiot this guy must be.  They have to go on and say that nobody who's rich ever works  and that they all are a bunch of snobs who inherited their money and don't know what it is to work.  

      It's not enough to say this guy's an idiot, and what he said is offensive?  People can pile on this guy all they want -- he deserves it.  

      •  I'll disagree. (15+ / 0-)

        Wealth beyond enough is offensive and destructive.  Accumulations of personal wealth serve no purpose beyond extending privilege.  It dampens economic activity, decreases demand, exacerbates inequality, suborns politics and weakens the social structure of every society in which unrestrained accumulation of wealth has occurred (that is to say, every single one).

        I am offended by 3,500 sq ft homes in cities with homeless on the streets.  I am offended by dumpsters filled with food unfit for the privileged classes while men, women and children go hungry.  I am offended by gated, park-like settings for the upper classes while millions of children grow up in concrete ghettos.

        I am offended by the bastardization of the American Dream from having enough to secure your family's lives and welfare into an all out grab for every ounce of gold you can squeeze from those who don't have enough to survive on.

        Prosperity for some is an injustice to all.

        •  That's a legitimate disagreement (1+ / 0-)
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          its a disagreement between socialism (as your name indicates) and capitalism (I am in favor of a regulated capitalism).  That's a disagreement with the system more than an insult to the individuals.  

          I respect your honesty, while I  disagree with your premise.  

      •  The bottom line is that whatever the hell it is (8+ / 0-)

        that the rich have done to become rich -- most often, inherit a fortune -- almost none of them work as hard as the hardest-working 20% of the population, by any reasonable definition of working hard.

        Beyond which, there is a psychological component of "working hard" that such plutocratic condescension cannot bear to acknowledge. It was brilliantly illustrated many years ago in a Doonesbury sunday comic, where Jane Fonda's housekeeper mentions how tired she is, and Fonda expresses befuddlement. She enumerates her many projects, which keep her busy all day, yet she is not exhausted. The housekeeper replies with something like, "Ms. Fonda, you work because you want to. I work because I have to. I hate to break it to you but there's a big difference."

        When you are the person in charge; when every next task is a chosen task; when the work is being done to satisfy one's own purposes; when at any and every moment, it is your choice as to whether you will work, and what you will work on; under those conditions, it is rather difficult to discriminate between a job and a hobby.

        To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

        by UntimelyRippd on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 07:41:16 PM PST

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