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Old 03-29-2011, 05:53 PM   #241
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The economy, whether on an individual country or world-wide level, does not have to be a zero-sum game. People keep forgetting that!

Any transaction could and should be structured in such a way that everybody becomes better off. Nobody has to be a victim.
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I firmly believe that goods and services produced and consumed make the pie larger not simply re-slice the same pie. By adding value to the economy not only do I have more pie but I've helped increase the size of the pie. It's the proverbial "win-win."

I'll rephrase my earlier sentiments - if your portion of the pie is getting smaller and you're concerned that other people have too much pie (i.e. wealth inequality) there is only one person to blame! Look in the mirror.

Yes, this is an oversimplification but it rings true in many situations. I see it in my own circle of family and friends.
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:05 PM   #242
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What does your comment have to do with my post? I made no reference to "tax increases folks are talking about" whatsoever.
Sorry my bad. I was getting confused with one of the other threads.


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If you think that only increasing taxes on the so-called rich "a few percentage points" fixes our issues with jobs and income for our rapidly expanding population, I think you're wrong.
Well many other countries both have slightly higher tax rates which they use to fund social programs (e.g., education, etc.) resulting in greater social/economic mobility than the U.S.
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:22 PM   #243
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The people with money conspire to keep that from happening. ....the evidence is everywhere.
Must type faster, I think I hear the black helicopters closing in...
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:17 PM   #244
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Old 04-05-2011, 05:58 AM   #245
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I'll rephrase my earlier sentiments - if your portion of the pie is getting smaller and you're concerned that other people have too much pie (i.e. wealth inequality) there is only one person to blame! Look in the mirror.
I have to agree. It seems that we (as a nation) look to others to fill our needs, be it parents who support their "adult children" or the position of an ever increasing society (world-wide) that believes "the government" is there to supply their every want/need.

Personal responsibility is lacking and becoming more of a problem, IMHO. Sure, if you're born in a 3rd world country and scratching for food/shelter each day, that's one thing. But if you're lucky enough to be born in a 1st world country but unwilling to put forth the effort to make a good life for yourself and your family (succeed or not), than you have only yourself to blame...
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Old 04-05-2011, 07:30 AM   #246
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I have to agree. It seems that we (as a nation) look to others to fill our needs, be it parents who support their "adult children" or the position of an ever increasing society (world-wide) that believes "the government" is there to supply their every want/need.

Personal responsibility is lacking and becoming more of a problem, IMHO. Sure, if you're born in a 3rd world country and scratching for food/shelter each day, that's one thing. But if you're lucky enough to be born in a 1st world country but unwilling to put forth the effort to make a good life for yourself and your family (succeed or not), than you have only yourself to blame...
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Old 04-05-2011, 04:10 PM   #247
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Yeah, but the peas still suck ...

Hey, it a texture thing (for those confused, search for my name in another thread)...
I have a rich friend in Canada who has squishy peas for a treat when he has us over for dinner (I knew he was comfortable but then he just donated $1 million to a local university!) and I enjoy the peas as a reminder of the kind I used to get at home before frozen peas were available.
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