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11:26 AM on 05/25/2012
Here it is written in black and whte. What does it take for those who are poor and of the working class to see that the 1% could give a hoot about any of us but only themselves. They don't care about whether or not we can afford an education being through scholarships or loans, they didn't care about the automobile industry going bankrupt. and so what if there are those who need assistance in order to survive their families and children will always eat and have the best education and health care. Then again from the very beginning, the GOP did say that they wanted president Obama to fail meaning if it takes to set the country back instead of moving forward in order to prove hateful and malicious intentions then so be it. Sad to say but if it were not for the poor and middle class a lot of these guys would not be as rich as they are today including Willard.
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Tom Hendricks
see wikipedia
11:21 AM on 05/25/2012
1. If companies can send thousands of jobs overseas, they can hire one American on National Hiring Day.
2. If companies can get millions in tax breaks and subsidies from the government, they can help it in return by hiring one American on National Hiring Day.
3. With companies sitting on all time high profits, they can hire one person on National Hiring Day - which by the way, would help them in return.
4. McDonalds hired 60,000 last May in their own National Hiring Day, surely other companies can hire one person on a nationwide National Hiring Day.
5. If Google can make 40 million available for charity, they can hire one person on National Hiring Day.

National Hiring Day - This is a day that corporations are encouraged to hire new employees. Corporations are called on to put patriotism first and help their country in
hard times. Those corporations that cannot hire, are asked to stop firing for that month.
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11:20 AM on 05/25/2012
Great American myths - "Pull yourself up by your bootstraps". "Be a Rugged Individual". "Work hard and you can accomplish anything".

Nonsense. Unless you are born into wealth, forgettaboutit. And instead of coming back with the look at Steve Jobs argument, why not take a look at the millions and millions of people in this country who are struggling because of the Republican governance - I'm talking about how they very nearly took down the world economy by de-regulating financial institutes and squandering this nation's blood and treasure in 2 ill-advised wars!
11:29 AM on 05/25/2012
Born into wealth like Zuckerberg, Jobs and Gates?
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morgansher
just disgusted in general
11:41 AM on 05/25/2012
They're the exceptions, not the rule.
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calblue61
Don't believe everything you think....
11:52 AM on 05/25/2012
I'll bet my social security check that every one of them have something to hide how they acquired that much wealth the honest way....check out their bios
05:23 AM on 05/29/2012
More greed from the left. Who says wealth is the goal? What about family, community, work, whatever floats your boat?

If you've got food, shelter and medical care (which I agree should be based on a single payer type system), then you have nothing to complain about unless you're greedy and just want more "stuff".
11:20 AM on 05/25/2012
Nobody in the entire world is worth that kind of money. I don't care how smart you are, or who you are. Nobody is worth that kind of money. They wouldn't be making any money at all if it weren't for Hard Working 7.00 dollar an hour employee.
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Tom Hendricks
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11:23 AM on 05/25/2012
How about going beyond comments to action? Here's 6 words that would help the country.
"Let's try a National Hiring Day."

There's only one jobs program that doesn't need government involvement at all.
There's only one jobs program that makes every corporation in the US part of the solution
There's only one jobs program that costs nothing.
There's only one jobs program that works in one day.

National Hiring Day - This is a day that corporations are encouraged to hire new employees. Corporations are called on to put patriotism first and help their country in
hard times. Those corporations that cannot hire, are asked to stop firing for that month.

By hiring one person now, a business gets thousands of potential customers with new jobs and buying power in return. Business gives a little to get a lot in return.

Republicans should love this because it's outside the government and voluntary. Democrats should love this because it helps those needing jobs. Independents should love it because it helps all with little sacrifice from any one corporation, group, or person. Corporations should love this because with just a hire or two they become part of a collective country wide jump start of the economy.
11:20 AM on 05/25/2012
I can't believe there's so much resentment towards hard-working, successful people. Not everyone who's rich got that way through inheritance or through opportunities like private schools or expensive colleges. Some went to public schools, in-state, public universities, worked very hard, exploited their own talents, and--lo and behold--became successful. I know that because I know some of them. Shouldn't we be viewing successful people as examples we want to emulate?
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Tom Hendricks
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11:25 AM on 05/25/2012
But greed is not good or even healthy. Excessive greed is really just not enough breast feeding in infancy. What these millionaires that can't share, and never get enough, really need is a pacifier. Use their money to buy one - better than a neurotic repressed infant trauma, ruining the lives of all the rest of the country and world.
11:39 AM on 05/25/2012
Who are you or I to say how much wealth is enough?

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11:35 AM on 05/25/2012
How much does a person have to make a year before you consider them successful? It seems to me that you base success on a dollar, and the balance of bank account.
11:38 AM on 05/25/2012
Success is however you define ii for yourself. If your goal is to be a CEO and make $20 million/yr, then that's success for you. If your goal is to go to Africa and help dig wells, then that's success for you. My problem is with people who criticize those who have achieved something.
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daeviant
I'm not making this up
11:17 AM on 05/25/2012
I wonder how much those stock awards were taxed.
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turboe4truth
Out the GOP in 2014
12:17 PM on 05/25/2012
They aren't taxed, until they are sold, that is the LOOPHOLE, they Borrow against these stocks, use them as colateral, and pay no taxes.......This is where the problem lies, the rich do NOT pay taxes.......
kman22
live more
12:32 PM on 05/25/2012
And those that do need better accountants.
05:24 AM on 05/29/2012
Odd. Then how is it the rich pay the majority of taxes in this country, and even as a percentage of income or wealthy they pay far more than the bottom 50%? How is that, exactly?
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Rob2tall
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11:15 AM on 05/25/2012
all things aside-lets set the tax rate on all stock options and benefits about 5 million at say a nice 45%.So if you earn 100 million in salary-you are taxed 50 million every year with no loopholes or tax shelters legally allowed.If you are awarded a stock option of 135 million -half of that option is deposited into the US Treasury.Or taxed that year by the govt at the companies expense.Its less than half-that seems fair.No one needs 100 million a year to live well anywhere!
Or for those of you who are reading this that are filthy rich CEO's I'll even go so far as 1 tax rate for all at 50%.By doing that-we can support free health care for all-lower food prices,lower rent,cheaper cars,cheaper gas,etc and all have a better life.
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nomoresoundbytes
Positivity is better for health than hostility!
11:11 AM on 05/25/2012
Maybe this will make an impact. People can see what's really going on in black and white.
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Clem Dominguez
11:09 AM on 05/25/2012
It doesn't bother me that a CEO makes that much money as long as they don't take any goverment funds. Who it should bother is stockholders in company that has seen its profits diminish or its value go down.
11:28 AM on 05/25/2012
Most corporations are making those obscene amounts of money....through exploiting the work of ordinary people and many many are also exploiting the environment that is not added into their wealth equation and ends up being the tax payers responsibility. Not to mention their tax loopholes and government subsidies.

In general corporadoes are neither responsible or accountable to the whole. They are mindless robots who only see $$$$ for themselves, their shareholders, and quarterly profits.

This is an insane and dead end way to run our global communities. We...ordinary people must change this ugly.... out of balance paradigm if we want to survive in any kind of sublime manner on the planet. And it is up to us....as the government is owned by these entrenched moneyed interests who do not have our interests at heart.
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enlighteninglad
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12:02 PM on 05/25/2012
Perhaps you should read this.

http://voices.yahoo.com/bank-bailouts-wall-street-ceos-bankers-sill-2946136.html
11:07 AM on 05/25/2012
Is the key word here EARN? How about take or demand or swindle and cheat/steal to get what
they want?
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CleverMoniker
The here and now is all we have...
11:04 AM on 05/25/2012
The average actor makes a living. The most successful actors in the world make tens of millions of dollars every year.

The average computer programmer makes a living. Gates, Ellison, Zuckerberg are billionaires.

What is the point of this article?
Shesme
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11:17 AM on 05/25/2012
We're not talking about artistic or athletic success. We're talking about normal delivery of goods and services: business. Name a superstar plumber besides Joe.
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nomoresoundbytes
Positivity is better for health than hostility!
11:17 AM on 05/25/2012
To show the average person what the actual gap is. If they understand the humungous disparity between rich and others, it may make a difference about whom they elect for various offices. Government is about governing all constituents, not just those who "work hard" (in their opinions) and are "successful" (where success=money and nothing else).

Especially to those who think that our president is an "Elitist" using "Class Warfare" arguments to explain income inequality and the impacts of it on society. And highlights the "Job Creators" and their claims that they help the little people. (Ha!)

Basically it tells everyone that hard work doesn't necessarily mean squat in this society. SQUAT.
11:04 AM on 05/25/2012
It is a myth that the average person who does well in school can earn this kind of money. The system isn't set up that way. If a company wants to pay some schmuck millions of dollars, I only ask that this is taxed appropriately - like around 75%.
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11:02 AM on 05/25/2012
the disparity is disgusting and so large that I think most people can't comprehend how much $10M really is. the hourly rate is what really shows the disparity. the usual argument is that the CEOs work brings revenue, etc., etc., but is any human being worth THAT much more than the average worker? For CEOs of a start-up, who have put in the time, effort, and risk to get a company going, they deserve to reap the benefits...but so do the workers. often-times they are with stock options, etc. For CEOs who are brought into an already successful company, they are not worth that much. Companies are slashing workers to save money - maybe they should look at slashing executives.
11:02 AM on 05/25/2012
It's incredible how many people defend the disparity between the super rich and everyone else. Sure, some of these people earned it, and as the head of massive corporations, they can potentially effect thousands of workers, but also without those workers that they company cannot succeed. Without an education, would they be able to run a company? I think not, so why not pay the educators high wages. Failure to support our education system leads to a dumber, less productive society. Therefore, educators could just as easily be considered 'job creators."

If the rich were willing to give back to the society that has made them wealthy, then I don't think there would be such animosity. But what we see is that the majority of the wealthiest Americans do not want to contribute to the less fortunate. They even work to find loop holes to avoid paying a fair percentage of taxes.

And they tell us to work harder and stop asking for handouts, abiding by the philosophies of Ayn Rand. Genocide by indifference. Let them starve. It's their own damn faults. If the poor put in some effort, they wouldn't be the the position of starving to death.

and stop making this a bipartisan issue. Neither party should have a clean conscience, because neither party is really speaking for the needs of the many.