Does wealth corrupt?

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Does wealth corrupt?
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Sun, 01-29-2012 - 4:27am

Lord Acton famously said that power tends to corrupt; and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Jabberwocka

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Sun, 01-29-2012 - 7:13am
You're talking Romney, right... I think people who hate him so much can't see the forest through the trees, why his wealth stands in the way of people's perception of him is beyond me! And is that how we should characterize ALL politicians? Look up Romney's record and debate one of those issues.. Thanks!

 


 


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Sun, 01-29-2012 - 9:45am

The "hate and/or envy wealth"* meme is wearisome and does nothing whatsoever to enhance debate. It's illogical, irritating, and dishonest.

Jabberwocka

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Sun, 01-29-2012 - 11:32am
Ok, then Romney aside... Yes, IMO wealth does contribute to a person's ability to govern. Look around you, why is it senior management and CEOs make more than those in lower ranks? That's not without saying that larger jobs are riskier than lower jobs too as it's THEIR tail that's on the line when problems arise too. And who isn't motivated by money? But with money comes a responsibility too... Going back to Romeny, if all that the man was is one big dollar sign then I'd be less impressed by him. But I see him for his smarts on issues and I think he's a great example of hard work and success too.

If I've attacked your posts personally or on emotion I apologize!

 


 


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Sun, 01-29-2012 - 11:38am

I do not envy Romney.

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Sun, 01-29-2012 - 11:58am

It depends. It certainly impacts someone, and if they aren't careful... I'f I amassed the wealth of Romney, the amount given to charity would actually be the reverse of what he has done... 80% of it I'd give away, easily, hell more. After a million or two, how much more does one need?

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Registered: 05-05-2009
Sun, 01-29-2012 - 4:21pm
Did candidate Kerry's wealth matter?
I could not care less about a candidate's wealth or lack thereof.
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Registered: 03-30-2007
Sun, 01-29-2012 - 4:31pm

That would be his Wife's wealth.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Sun, 01-29-2012 - 4:36pm

But would you really give 80% away? I don't think you could possibly know this unless you had it. Money does change people, whether they want it to or not.

We are certainly not at Romney's level of wealth, but I have found over the years that the more I have, the more I seem to think I need. It's not right, of course, and it's a struggle to figure out what we really need, but

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Sun, 01-29-2012 - 5:20pm
I think there are some things you can't put a finger on that politicans running for office "give up".. And I don't expect any of them to be like me nor is it a character flaw that some have never struggled.

 


 


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Sun, 01-29-2012 - 5:38pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
I think there are some things you can't put a finger on that politicans running for office "give up".. And I don't expect any of them to be like me nor is it a character flaw that some have never struggled.

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