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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Bummed About Your Pay?

posted by on March 21 at 15:34 PM

Try this.

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Hooray! I am the 324,540,230 richest person in the world! (The higher the number the better, right?)

Posted by elswinger | March 21, 2007 3:39 PM
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Yay I'm rich!

Posted by oatmeal turtleneck | March 21, 2007 4:04 PM
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That just makes it that much more depressing, really.

Posted by monkey | March 21, 2007 4:04 PM
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Yeah! Iím the 21,250,732 richest person in the world! Obviously the State should confiscate more of my obscene wealth than it already does!

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | March 21, 2007 4:21 PM
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Piss off, YGBKM. The state hardly confiscates an onerous amount of your wealth. American taxes are quite reasonable overall, and seeing as how the stability of that state makes that high wage possible in the first place, you've got very, very little to complain about. There is an extreme positive correlation between "welfare capitalism" and wealth. You should count your lucky stars that you don't live in Nigeria and have to step over dead bodies on your way to your oil pit job.

Posted by Fnarf | March 21, 2007 4:29 PM
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Right Fnarf,

Redistribution of wealth by a Socialist Welfare State is good.

Individual control of wealth (and private property for that matter) is bad.

Iím in complete agreement.

From each according to his ability, to each according to his need!

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | March 21, 2007 5:07 PM
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Or - you could just move to Canada and automatically be doing better.

Guess you guys missed the CNN money article about CEO executive compensation today, huh?

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 21, 2007 5:18 PM
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I'm only the 53rd millionth richest, but that's cause you don't count my house (mostly paid off) or my stock holdings or my retirement savings (which are apparently median for people who are 60, and I've got a long way to go till then).

Still, consider Canada. Trust me. I grew up with the rich kids and went to Capilano College and so on with them - we used to have fun baiting Liberal party whips ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 21, 2007 5:30 PM
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I just plugged You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me into globaldumblist.com and I found #1!!

Posted by jamier | March 21, 2007 5:35 PM
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YGTBKM has some arguments, and he's going to use them, whether they have anything to do with the subject at hand or not, and whether or not any of the positions he's arguing against have actually been made.

Let me try: I don't care what you say, YGTBKM, slavery is still wrong!

Posted by Fnarf | March 21, 2007 5:37 PM
11

ha!

(it's about time!)

Posted by infrequent | March 21, 2007 6:13 PM
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The state doesn't confiscate anyone's wealth, the people do. Taxation without representation, dumping tea in the harbor, all that, remember?

It isn't the evil gubmint -- it's your EVIL NEIGHBORS.

The solution is the same: move to Russia where income tax is low, freedom reigns and life is beautiful all the time for everybody.

Posted by elenchos | March 21, 2007 6:14 PM
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Hey, I'm in violent agreement with all of you.

Redistribution of wealth by a Socialist Welfare State is good.

Individual control of wealth (and private property for that matter) is bad.

Iím in complete agreement.

From each according to his ability, to each according to his need!

Posted by you_gotta_be_kidding_me | March 21, 2007 8:28 PM
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I hate when hippies insult my intelligence with bullshit like this without taking into account currency strength and market conditions.

An African's 12 shillings a year, along with the bartering power of any easily produced goods and services, might have a hell of a lot more value in his village than my $24K a year has in the United States', especially in a city full of rich assholes like Seattle.

Posted by Gomez | March 21, 2007 9:04 PM
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Attention passionate intellectuals:

If you don't automatically call "bullshit" on the silly premise that income equals wealth, you have no business debating economics. (Or possessing a credit card, for that matter.)

Posted by Eric Arrrrrr | March 21, 2007 9:44 PM
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I just entered Warren Buffet in - he only gets $100,000 salary - and even though he's in the top 10 richest, he shows up as only 39,615,049th.

Because you only count salary.

I think the CEO of Amazon is pretty bad off - he only gets paid $1 a year.

But they're both multi-billionaires ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 21, 2007 11:44 PM
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"Redistribution of wealth by a Socialist Welfare State is good."

But, not as good as redistribution of wealth by a Capitalist Welfare State, eh? 'Cause that's sooooo much better.

Hippies - man, that is soooo late 20th Century...

Posted by Moondoggie | March 22, 2007 11:48 AM

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