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(Bloomberg)   Known pimp Sheldon Adelson gives another $1,000,000 to Freedom PAC, which focuses on allowing rich people to keep their money away from the unwashed poors   (bloomberg.com) divider line 44
    More: Florida, Sheldon Adelson, political action committees, republican presidential candidates, Harold Simmons, Jeanne Cummings, U.S. Senate  
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2012-07-11 10:53:29 AM
I will take minor solace in the fact that he can't use this as a tax deduction, but with rates at a historic low, why the f*ck would he need to?
 
2012-07-11 10:54:51 AM
Well, it's his money. He can do whatever he wants with it, no matter how stupid it is
 
2012-07-11 10:55:22 AM
It's a good investment.
 
2012-07-11 10:56:48 AM

Peter von Nostrand: Well, it's his money. He can do whatever he wants with it, no matter how stupid it is



So using your money to buy a congressman, senator, president or judge is ok now? To quote Yakoff Smirnoff "What a country"
 
2012-07-11 10:56:55 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-07-11 10:59:38 AM
Thread needs more Ox45.
 
2012-07-11 11:00:10 AM
Sadly they will likely get away with buying the election unless something catastrophic occurs. This is why they picked Mitt. He has no vices and is able to explain away all his evil tendencies in a "Nothing personal, its just business" kind of way.
 
2012-07-11 11:00:18 AM
"Poors"? Is this a thing now?
 
2012-07-11 11:01:31 AM

Pants full of macaroni!!: "Poors"? Is this a thing now?


friend of mine dated a douche who used it seriously.

literal quote: "You took the subway? Ugh. The poors take the subway."
 
2012-07-11 11:01:34 AM
What else would he do with that money, create a job or something?!
 
2012-07-11 11:02:00 AM
So some uber-rich people are spending millions upon millions of dollars to try and sway legislation so they can keep millions upon millions of dollars? Have they thought this plan through?
 
2012-07-11 11:03:22 AM

EyeballKid: What else would he do with that money, create a job or something?!


Build more slot machines to allow slovenly bastards from Kansas to deposit money directly into his bank account
 
2012-07-11 11:03:59 AM

skullkrusher: Pants full of macaroni!!: "Poors"? Is this a thing now?

friend of mine dated a douche who used it seriously.

literal quote: "You took the subway? Ugh. The poors take the subway."


I hope she bit his dick and then left him.
 
2012-07-11 11:05:59 AM
"supporting strong conservative candidates"

Lol, no. Conservatives would try to balance the budget, not rig the tax system to favor the eliete and legislation bigotry.
 
2012-07-11 11:07:57 AM

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: skullkrusher: Pants full of macaroni!!: "Poors"? Is this a thing now?

friend of mine dated a douche who used it seriously.

literal quote: "You took the subway? Ugh. The poors take the subway."

I hope she bit his dick and then left him.


not exactly but yes, in a sense.
Man that guy sucks. Still friends with him on Facebook just so we can laugh at what a cockbag he is. His family is incredibly wealthy but damn dude, apparently what they say is true. You can't buy class.
 
2012-07-11 11:11:54 AM
Actually, he is donating money to protect the middle class from the depredations of the very rich who extract money from the middle class to give to the poor classes while using their influence to protect themselves from having to give any money at all. By this stratagem, they are able to keep the middle class from threatening their position in society.

It is the middle class entrepreneur, working in his garage, who is more of a threat to the very rich and must be kept down.

Those of the middle class who assist the very rich in this scheme are also known as stooges or useful idiots.

Which are you?
 
2012-07-11 11:14:15 AM

Peter von Nostrand: Well, it's his money. He can do whatever he wants with it, no matter how stupid it is


I read this in the JG Wentworth guy's voice...
 
2012-07-11 11:14:30 AM
a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net
 
2012-07-11 11:14:48 AM
Sheldon Adelson doesn't want to pay taxes when he repatriates his money from Macau. You know who Sheldon Adelson is looking out for? Sheldon Adelson.
 
2012-07-11 11:14:54 AM
The problem with capitalism is the same as the problem of communism, aggregation of power. Most conservatives are only concerned with the aggregation of government power, which is a real concern. Most liberals are only concerned with aggregation of corporate power, which is a real concern. What creates an "aggregation of serfs" is not "an incredibly corrupt, powerful political class" but a an "incredibly corrupt, powerful class". The source of power is irrelevant. If there were no government, the wealthy would simply enslave you, there would be no logical reason not to.

High tax rates on the wealthy (and higher estate taxes) prevent generational power aggregation, especially in the current world where money=power. The USSR suffered from the same problem, but the "currency" in that case was political connections. Same for China. In South Korea, the currency is genetics (though that is the worst, as that system cannot be changed)
 
2012-07-11 11:15:33 AM

Peter von Nostrand: Well, it's his money. He can do whatever he wants with it, no matter how stupid it is


My vote is for buying batting helmets full of cottage cheese and naked pictures of Bea Arthur.
 
2012-07-11 11:15:45 AM

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: I hope she bit his dick off and then left him.

 
2012-07-11 11:19:29 AM

coeyagi: Peter von Nostrand: Well, it's his money. He can do whatever he wants with it, no matter how stupid it is

My vote is for buying batting helmets full of cottage cheese and naked pictures of Bea Arthur.


This is the part where you get stabbed in the head with somebody's dick.
 
2012-07-11 11:21:05 AM

TheLopper: So some uber-rich people are spending millions upon millions of dollars to try and sway legislation so they can keep millions upon millions of dollars? Have they thought this plan through?


Yes. It's worth it. The poor will eventually pay for it.
 
2012-07-11 11:21:24 AM

skullkrusher: His family is incredibly wealthy but damn dude, apparently what they say is true. You can't buy class.


This is one of the reasons that the rich become richer while the poor become poorer. Poor people think that class is something to be desired, something to strive for. They foolishly believe that it will somehow improve the lives of themselves and those around them. And they will happily spend resources attending schools, donating to arts and charities, volunteering for causes that they believe to be beneficial all in the vain belief that this will impart some perception of "class". Rich people know that if you have enough money, class is unnecessary, and a waste of time and effort.
 
2012-07-11 11:21:33 AM

KellyX: [a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net image 480x340]


Jobs were pretty plentiful in the middle part of the past decade after we got out of the post internet boom slump. They've spiked up since the financial crisis.
 
2012-07-11 11:24:25 AM

More_Like_A_Stain: skullkrusher: His family is incredibly wealthy but damn dude, apparently what they say is true. You can't buy class.

This is one of the reasons that the rich become richer while the poor become poorer. Poor people think that class is something to be desired, something to strive for. They foolishly believe that it will somehow improve the lives of themselves and those around them. And they will happily spend resources attending schools, donating to arts and charities, volunteering for causes that they believe to be beneficial all in the vain belief that this will impart some perception of "class". Rich people know that if you have enough money, class is unnecessary, and a waste of time and effort.


While your sentiment is noble, I think you're being a little romantic. I've lived around many poor people. Most of them don't have a lot of class either. I'm pretty sure that class, like intelligence, probably has a fairly even distribution across the population. Most of us don't have it. (None of us here do, by virtue of the fact that we're here. If you're a farker, you've self-selected yourself into "asshole" status)
 
2012-07-11 11:24:35 AM

More_Like_A_Stain: skullkrusher: His family is incredibly wealthy but damn dude, apparently what they say is true. You can't buy class.

This is one of the reasons that the rich become richer while the poor become poorer. Poor people think that class is something to be desired, something to strive for. They foolishly believe that it will somehow improve the lives of themselves and those around them. And they will happily spend resources attending schools, donating to arts and charities, volunteering for causes that they believe to be beneficial all in the vain belief that this will impart some perception of "class". Rich people know that if you have enough money, class is unnecessary, and a waste of time and effort.


class is something everyone should strive for. It means you're a decent and polite person with good interpersonal skills who respects others. There is nothing classy about putting on airs or scoffing at the less fortunate. It has nothing to do with donating to the arts or drinking Veuve Clicquot. It's entirely possible to be a classy pauper.
 
2012-07-11 11:46:11 AM

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: (None of us here do, by virtue of the fact that we're here. If you're a farker, you've self-selected yourself into "asshole" status)


Make no mistake about it, I believe that I can be one of the biggest assholes that I know. And I know a lot of assholes.

skullkrusher: class is something everyone should strive for. It means you're a decent and polite person with good interpersonal skills who respects others. There is nothing classy about putting on airs or scoffing at the less fortunate. It has nothing to do with donating to the arts or drinking Veuve Clicquot. It's entirely possible to be a classy pauper.


This is my point exactly. Rich people don't waste their time or money on class. They see no value in it. There is no upside to politeness that cannot also be achieved simply by being rich. Respecting others will not give you any advantage that is not already inherent in being rich, and in fact, respecting others may actually reduce their leverage over others by allowing emotion to enter into their dealings and interpersonal exchanges. Respect is given to rich people simply because they are rich. No need to cloud the issue with intangibles. There is no reward for having class, therefore there is no reason to strive for it. Poor people (well, not necessarily poor, just 99% of us) do see a value, and will try to rise to a level of class. And we pay a price for that.
 
2012-07-11 11:46:39 AM
Sheldon's just making a bet here.

He's betting if he gives Rmoney enough money to get him elected all his legal troubles will go away.

He's an old man and he doesn't want to spend the rest of his few miserable years dressed in orange.
 
2012-07-11 12:03:40 PM

More_Like_A_Stain: There is no reward for having class, therefore there is no reason to strive for it.


there's not reward for cutting your toenails so... EWWWW CUT THEM FARKERS!
 
2012-07-11 12:06:41 PM

skullkrusher: More_Like_A_Stain: There is no reward for having class, therefore there is no reason to strive for it.

there's not reward for cutting your toenails so... EWWWW CUT THEM FARKERS!


I do. On the other hand, I'm sure old Shellie has "people" for that.
 
2012-07-11 12:24:59 PM

coeyagi: Peter von Nostrand: Well, it's his money. He can do whatever he wants with it, no matter how stupid it is

My vote is for buying batting helmets full of cottage cheese and naked pictures of Bea Arthur.


I've already got all the pics of Bea I need. How about that MiMi chick from the Drew Carey show?
 
2012-07-11 12:26:09 PM

sdd2000: Peter von Nostrand: Well, it's his money. He can do whatever he wants with it, no matter how stupid it is


So using your money to buy a congressman, senator, president or judge is ok now? To quote Yakoff Smirnoff "What a country"


If it's legal, then yes. Is it right, that certainly debatable
 
2012-07-11 12:26:23 PM

quatchi: Sheldon's just making a bet here.

He's betting if he gives Rmoney enough money to get him elected all his legal troubles will go away.

He's an old man and he doesn't want to spend the rest of his few miserable years dressed in orange.


To expand on this point, he is being investigated for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. A former high level employee of his in Macau says that he bribed Chinese officials and has ties to organized crime their. The Justice Dept. and SEC are currently investigating him. Adelson wants his legal troubles to go away.

He also wants the US to attack Iran for Israel.

Link
 
2012-07-11 12:48:03 PM

Peter von Nostrand: sdd2000: Peter von Nostrand: Well, it's his money. He can do whatever he wants with it, no matter how stupid it is


So using your money to buy a congressman, senator, president or judge is ok now? To quote Yakoff Smirnoff "What a country"

If it's legal, then yes. Is it right, that certainly debatable


Really, you think that should be a debatable concept?
 
2012-07-11 01:01:17 PM

Peter von Nostrand: coeyagi: Peter von Nostrand: Well, it's his money. He can do whatever he wants with it, no matter how stupid it is

My vote is for buying batting helmets full of cottage cheese and naked pictures of Bea Arthur.

I've already got all the pics of Bea I need. How about that MiMi chick from the Drew Carey show?


Oh, man, that's naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasty.
 
2012-07-11 01:13:40 PM
More_Like_A_Stain:
Rich people don't waste their time or money on class. They see no value in it. There is no upside to politeness that cannot also be achieved simply by being rich. Respecting others will not give you any advantage that is not already inherent in being rich, and in fact, respecting others may actually reduce their leverage over others by allowing emotion to enter into their dealings and interpersonal exchanges. Respect is given to rich people simply because they are rich. No need to cloud the issue with intangibles. There is no reward for having class, therefore there is no reason to strive for it. Poor people (well, not necessarily poor, just 99% of us) do see a value, and will try to rise to a level of class. And we pay a price for that.

Translation: many ultra-wealthy individuals are sociopaths. "Class" is usually the result of the genuine desire for others to think well of you. Even some amoral individuals want to be esteemed, but sociopaths cannot truly care since they don't see other humans as being real. This is why someone like Andrew Carnegie built libraries that benefit people to this day, while the Koch Brothers spend their time trying to thoroughly destroy the country they live in for their immediate financial gain.
 
2012-07-11 01:48:31 PM

More_Like_A_Stain: This is my point exactly. Rich people don't waste their time or money on class. They see no value in it. There is no upside to politeness that cannot also be achieved simply by being rich. Respecting others will not give you any advantage that is not already inherent in being rich, and in fact, respecting others may actually reduce their leverage over others by allowing emotion to enter into their dealings and interpersonal exchanges. Respect is given to rich people simply because they are rich. No need to cloud the issue with intangibles. There is no reward for having class, therefore there is no reason to strive for it. Poor people (well, not necessarily poor, just 99% of us) do see a value, and will try to rise to a level of class. And we pay a price for that.


I would say that what you say is correct iff the person is a sociopath.
 
2012-07-11 02:20:49 PM
Good. A private citizen using his wealth to better America. That's what the USA is all about. (And by and by how much money has George Soros--i.e. the White Pimp, given to liberal causes?)
 
2012-07-11 03:11:35 PM

tony41454: Good. A private citizen using his wealth to better America. That's what the USA is all about. (And by and by how much money has George Soros--i.e. the White Pimp, given to liberal causes?)


You're assuming all causes to be of equal value.

giving money to lobbyists to fight for your corporation's right to pollute, avoid taxes, underpay your workers, avoid regulation != helping the environment, fighting for workers' rights, fighting for human rights.

But then again I am sure no one ever accused you of playing the false equivalency card, now have they?
 
2012-07-11 04:30:19 PM
coeyagi
2012-07-11 03:11:35 PM

tony41454: Good. A private citizen using his wealth to better America. That's what the USA is all about. (And by and by how much money has George Soros--i.e. the White Pimp, given to liberal causes?)

You're assuming all causes to be of equal value.

giving money to lobbyists to fight for your corporation's right to pollute, avoid taxes, underpay your workers, avoid regulation != helping the environment, fighting for workers' rights, fighting for human rights.

But then again I am sure no one ever accused you of playing the false equivalency card, now have they?


Oh, OF COURSE the LIBERAL causes are the only important ones, huh? Brainwashed moron.
 
2012-07-11 06:28:46 PM

tony41454: coeyagi
2012-07-11 03:11:35 PM

tony41454: Good. A private citizen using his wealth to better America. That's what the USA is all about. (And by and by how much money has George Soros--i.e. the White Pimp, given to liberal causes?)

You're assuming all causes to be of equal value.

giving money to lobbyists to fight for your corporation's right to pollute, avoid taxes, underpay your workers, avoid regulation != helping the environment, fighting for workers' rights, fighting for human rights.

But then again I am sure no one ever accused you of playing the false equivalency card, now have they?

Oh, OF COURSE the LIBERAL causes are the only important ones, huh? Brainwashed moron.


Oh Tony, keep shilling for the people on the wrong side of history. It's so cute.
 
2012-07-12 09:07:38 AM

Don't Troll Me Bro!: More_Like_A_Stain: This is my point exactly. Rich people don't waste their time or money on class. They see no value in it. There is no upside to politeness that cannot also be achieved simply by being rich. Respecting others will not give you any advantage that is not already inherent in being rich, and in fact, respecting others may actually reduce their leverage over others by allowing emotion to enter into their dealings and interpersonal exchanges. Respect is given to rich people simply because they are rich. No need to cloud the issue with intangibles. There is no reward for having class, therefore there is no reason to strive for it. Poor people (well, not necessarily poor, just 99% of us) do see a value, and will try to rise to a level of class. And we pay a price for that.

I would say that what you say is correct iff the person is a sociopath.


A sociopath knows that he can use politeness, respect and "class" as tools to manipulate others. That's not to say that "rich" and "sociopath" are mutually exclusive. Just that when you meet a wealthy person that displays these qualities, it's usually a sign that it's time to be doubly cautious. You have something that he wants.
 
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