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Nobody gets rich working for a living.

If the opportunity to become wealthy is indeed a part of the American Dream then there ought to be a right not to work; to have the leisure to think of a great idea that benefits all humanity forever more; something like toothpicks, mousetraps, toilet paper, or beer.  Machines should work, people should invent machines.

Since the first person noted that the mash of foul smelling fermented grain the dog was lapping was making it behave funny and imagined that getting people to drink it would be a great gag to try on the rest of the clan somebody has always been out there inventing a better beer... or at least the bottle, label and advertising that market it.

Now if having the big brain were to replace having the big house or the enormous yacht or the huge tits as a status symbol that wouldn't be fair or equal in any regard because you can't change the genes you were born with and thus ought to appeal to Plutocrat Republicans.

What we need is something that requires neither money not brains, just a desire to live in a world that isn't six degrees warmer.

I'm for a right not to work.

Anyone who has read Bernard Malthus or Kurt Vonnegut or James Hansen,should be aware that time is short, most things are already being made by machine. What people do is either consume the machine made product and pollute the earth, with its broken carcase or bottle, or attempt to acquire more product they can consume.

We have built our idiocracy on working for a living.

We pollute our earth, air water and fire causing climate change on the only planet we have to call home. We endanger species including our own with extinction. We observe rising temperatures, dying oceans, storm surges flooding cities even as we stand in lines to buy more gas to burn in our cars and put more carbon in the atmosphere commuting to our jobs in our cities about to be drowned.

Working for a living just makes the problem worse.


If you weren't working for a living you would be

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, quinn

    Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

    by rktect on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 05:52:07 AM PST

  •  Thanks (1+ / 0-)
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    (R's) take those tired memes and shove 'em, Denise Velez Oliver, 11/7/2012.

    by a2nite on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 05:56:27 AM PST

  •  Isn't there a right not to work now? nt (0+ / 0-)
    •  Yeah, for the rich (0+ / 0-)

      or you can live off the grid making everything you need to live yourself.

      Back in the fifties it was possible to have one good union  breadwinner job per family, there were benefits like healthcare and pensions and a spouse could spend some time raising a family; maybe even have some leisure time to organize parties that were all about having fun.

      I'd like to see the cost of living as a baseline entitlement so that you didn't have to work and go to school, serve in the military to get your education paid for, were entitled to decent housing, healthcare, education and enough to eat as a matter of right and could expect to retire on social security at about age fifty with enough money to have a life.

      If we stopped paying 700 Billion dollars a year to subsidize defense contractors nation building free lunch in Iraq, Afghanistan and all the places we don't know about, and  the same to subsidize the insurance industry's speculating on mortgages and healthcare and energy companies speculating on fossil fuels in places where the environmental costs of getting at them far exceed the benefits, we could do that.

      Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

      by rktect on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 09:27:35 AM PST

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  •  And how about the 'Pay Ethic'?? (1+ / 0-)
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    We hear so much about the damn 'Work Ethic', but what happened to the 'Pay Ethic'?

    Productivity has increased exponentially, but wages have stagnated.

    All the 'job creators' Google Henry Ford before they start bitching about 'ethics'.

    draw a window on the wall to remind you of the silkrain that makes things grow - Yoko Ono

    by quinn on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 07:28:47 AM PST

  •  I'd probably be doing many (1+ / 0-)
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    of the same things I'm doing now, but I'd have an easier time of it if I didn't have to worry so much about having to work to pay insurance. Insurance costs take the biggest chunk of my income, more than my mortgage, utilities, transportation, groceries, and hobbies cost.

    The only reason I have a 7-5 job is to pay that insurance (my employer does not subsidize any insurance costs in any degree), and I don't even have that much in insurance:  auto, health, homeowners, and life - the minimum of each.  Those 4 insurances exceed all my other expenses.  And the health insurance costs exceed by more than 100% the cost of all the other insurances.

    I feel as if I am working just to support the insurance industry - and specifically the health insurance industry.

    Remove the costs of insurance from my expenses, and I could afford to support myself while doing the volunteer work I did, and the hobbies that could bring in money if I had time to devote to them.

    I was blaming age and feebleness for being unable to continue with a lot of my volunteer work and hobbies, but when I parsed it out, it was actually the increase in expenses and work hours, coupled with a serious reduction in pay that was to blame. Health insurance costs have more than tripled in the last 12 years and my pay is now lower than it was 25 years ago.  

    I have to work, and work longer hours, just to fall behind.

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    by Noddy on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 08:09:01 AM PST

    •  Absolute power is the ability to do nothing (0+ / 0-)

      like Obama not having to negotiate a way back off the fiscal cliff because the Bush Tax cuts expire and the cuts in entitlements fall on insurance companies, weapon systems nobody wants, and not social security/medicare/medicaid/education  benefits

      Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

      by rktect on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 09:31:32 AM PST

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  •  rktect, is UR Diary meant to B... (0+ / 0-)

    ...philosophical or snark?
    IMO  U start the Diary off poorly with "Nobody gets rich working for a living."
    I feel that I must ask:at what minimal level of
    financial holdings would U consider a family to end up at retirement to B "rich" and do U consider that work to reach that level at retirement must be of the type generally referred to as "back breaking" in order to meet your definition of work"?
    I can assure U that
    it is possible to work at a job and to eventually retire
    with a net worth that most people might in general consider to be "rich". Of course this supposes living, during working years, in a modest life style & having the tenacity to start AND STICK TO a
    financial program
    of savings & prudent investing thru out working years.

    •  One cannot (0+ / 0-)

      stick to a financial program of savings and prudent investments when one's modest paycheck shrinks each year and costs continue to rise.  If one was frugal to begin with, the only "give" is groceries and savings, and one can only cut so much out of the grocery budget - and that supposes doesn't incur devastating expenses (usually health-related).

      Losing employment would disrupt a financial savings plan as bad as a devastating expense, or perhaps worse.

      Only if one's pay maintains a steady relation with the increase in the cost of living can one realistically expect to maintain a savings and investment program.

      Fortunate people actually get pay raises they can divide between rising costs and an increase in savings and investment programs.

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      by Noddy on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 06:02:47 PM PST

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