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 - 10:17pm

Good post.

The Kennedys, they knew hardship. George Sr knew some hardship, although not on the same level. With Romney, he isn't interested in grand policy actions, he wants the prestige, the bragging rights of being president.

Look at this presidential field, all rich white guys left, from a group that is 1/3 of this country. It says a lot about where power is in this nation still, and who feels entitled to it.

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Mon, 01-30-2012 - 7:51am
I don't understand what power you're talking about that isn't already there... Romney wants to take power and control away from Obama! Obama will go down in history as the most expensive president if re-elected, the programs and policies from his ideas behind creation of jobs to education have big price tags attached to them! And his attempts to justify the rich paying for it is arrogant and wrong.

I like listening to old folk wisdom too but I'm confused by what new power he's afraid Romeny is about, Lol... And I like FDR, if there's anything to be learned from him IMO it's that we could have recovered from a total depression, but Democrats as well as Republicans were all about saving industry from a total collapse with programs like TARP. That was a total failure.

Finally, if you're going to attach empathy to health conditions like polio now instead of wealth like the OP referenced then look up Romney's own family history of illness - his wife's battles and his dad's death... He can relate to people hurting too!

 


 


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Mon, 01-30-2012 - 7:53am
They are all rich, That doesn't matter.

 


 


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Mon, 01-30-2012 - 5:56pm

My friend wouldn't take kindly to being called old even though he's almost 80 :smileysurprised:

Jabberwocka

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Tue, 01-31-2012 - 8:53pm

I completely agree with you about the need to have people who aren't wealthy holding higher office. I'm no cynic, but in the world of super PACs, I am doubtful that this will happen. The super-rich tend to support their own, simply because people of similar status hang together. This is true at all levels of society.

My definition of "honest" is transparent and moral. A person who doesn't break laws, but still exploits people, is not honest in my opinion.

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Tue, 01-31-2012 - 9:17pm
If "people of similar status hang together" then why doesn't a middle class populist slub run for office and get overwhelming majorities?

The currency of political office is money and lots of it.
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Tue, 01-31-2012 - 10:01pm

<<< Does wealth affect a person's ability to govern?>>>

Oh would that it could be that it does not but that depends of course on your perspective. Many men who have held the seat and I think most strikingly the first men who held the seat were of course wealthy.They were rich,they were white,they owned land and often other people. Did their

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Tue, 01-31-2012 - 10:07pm

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