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.

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Sun, 01-29-2012 - 7:02pm
It's not about how much a person needs and it shouldn't be about how much a person has either... Romney's wealth shouldn't matter unless of course there were illegal or unethical operations going on and there weren't. Frankly, I'd have doubts about him if he suffered through financial problems some find themselves in.

 

 

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Sun, 01-29-2012 - 7:12pm
I didn't vote for McCain... Nobody knows if our economy would have improved if Romney would have gone all the way then but things are NOT better under Obama.

 

 

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Sun, 01-29-2012 - 7:19pm

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.

Actually, I've thought a lot about it. I'm a Reiki practitioner, and really have no interest in ostentatious stuff. If I bought a new car, I'd buy one for less than 20k. I've no need for a twenty room home, nor four homes or whatever it is Romney has.

I don't begrudge his differences from me, and I don't expect him to be me. I've made mistakes, lots of them in my life, and try like heck to learn and grow. What I do expect him and others to do is pay a reasonable share in taxes, and the 39% rate worked before, and it is needed again. So too a higher cap gains tax. He can handle it, and he won't miss a thing nor go wanting, unlike those who would have their medicare or social security cut.

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Sun, 01-29-2012 - 7:22pm

It's not about how much a person needs and it shouldn't be about how much a person has either... Romney's wealth shouldn't matter unless of course there were illegal or unethical operations going on and there weren't. Frankly, I'd have doubts about him if he suffered through financial problems some find themselves in.

I agree on one level. The vehement opposition to a marginal increase in taxation ($4 per thousand) is totally overblown, when in fact the country needs the revenue and they can easy afford to pay more without missing any of it.

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Sun, 01-29-2012 - 8:42pm
jamblessedthree wrote:
I didn't vote for McCain... Nobody knows if our economy would have improved if Romney would have gone all the way then but things are NOT better under Obama.


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Sun, 01-29-2012 - 9:06pm

A friend and I were talking about wealth and presidents today as we walked.

Jabberwocka

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Sun, 01-29-2012 - 9:09pm

Kerry was targeted for being "elitist" by BushCo (boy, oh boy, the irony).

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Sun, 01-29-2012 - 9:19pm

I am concerned that we no longer have a nation where representatives can be less-than-wealthy and still hold high elected office.

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Sun, 01-29-2012 - 10:06pm
GEORGE WASHINGTON WAS THE RICHEST PRESIDENT!! http://money.msn.com/investing/latest.aspx?post=2fd50a00-57d3-4529-a92d-c5ce9fcd4b59 The release of Mitt Romney's tax return information for 2010 and 2011 makes clear that if he becomes president of the United States, he would be among the richest individuals to hold that office.

 


 


 


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Sun, 01-29-2012 - 10:13pm

 


 


 


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