bluenovaman: I'm not that well off, but the people I know who have a cash roll like Scrooge McDuck don't put up with shiat from anybody and have a low tolerance for BS. I still think they are super cool folks.
Mr_Fabulous: It's not that being rich makes you mean.It's not even that being mean makes you rich.It's that being a self-centered douche with a "me first" attitude leads to both.
This community means about as much to me as a festering ball of dog snot! You think I care about the pea-brained yokels of this town? If you took their combined I.Q., and multiplied it by a hundred, you might have enough intelligence to tie your shoe, if you didn't drool all over yourself first. I can't stand those sniveling maggots! They make me want to puke! But, there is one good thing about broadcasting to a town full of mindless sheep. I always know I have them exactly where I want them. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!
DigitalCoffee: festering ball bowl of dog snot!
Lexx: The difference between the liberal and conservative mindsets, in a nutshell: liberals think the world should be a meritocracy, and conservatives think it IS one. That simple idea explains a lot in the world.
johnnyrocket: Money can't buy happiness? The reality is: the ultra rich are euphorically happy.[media.theweek.com image 450x386]
Raoul Eaton: Which makes me wonder why actual ultra rich people keep doggedly pursuing more money than a person can possibly need -- it seems to be a form of derangement.
rustypouch: Lexx: The difference between the liberal and conservative mindsets, in a nutshell: liberals think the world should be a meritocracy, and conservatives think it IS one. That simple idea explains a lot in the world.Yep. I've one friend who's doing very well for himself, but only because of one stroke of luck. He thinks it's all because of his hard work.I also think the difference is that liberals care about everyone, and conservatives only care about themselves.
meyerkev: No. You're going the wrong way.To get rich, you have to BRING IN more than you SPEND OUT. We can debate the merits of the various ways of doing this, but that's it in a nutshell.So assuming that you're even remotely at decent levels of BRING IN, then you can just limit SPEND OUT by among other things, not donating to charity, and paying the hired help like utter shiat.And then over 30 to 60 years, compound interest becomes your biatch.And of course, being at least mildly sociopathic REALLY helps you found that billion-dollar business. "Oh Bob, I'm so sorry your wife is dead, but we really need to ship the update by next Friday so I trust you can work late now that you don't have anything to do at home." (Also, see everything that Microsoft did on the business side. Every single one of the tech magnates is a sociopath.) Being rich doesn't make you an asshole, being an asshole makes you rich coontil the sociopathic assholes who decided to focus on power instead of wealth raise taxes to above 1940's levels and steal it all away)./IE: How a retired teacher owns 3 houses and enough cars that I'm not actually sure how many cars he owns (I think it's 8).
jjorsett: What the video proves is that poor people will become entitled jerks too if they're given money. The lesson is clear: never give a poor person money.
The Stealth Hippopotamus: huh, maybe money is the root of all evil.naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaI've met plenty of poor mean people
Mugato: I know plenty of rich people and I never met a rich person who thought or would admit they were rich. Granted I don't know any rappers.
Feepit: Oh look, another thread about income inequality where morons politicize the issue in an effort to prop up their favorite club. Congratulations, you belong to either the KKK or NAMBLA as far as I'm concerned if you can't get beyond your "at least we're not them" mental roadblock and assess the underlying issues.
Harbinger of the Doomed Rat: Oh look, another post where a moron thinks saying "both sides are bad" is insightful and makes them better than everyone else.Income disparity is a political issue because the current disparity is the direct result of the economic policies of one of the two major parties in this country. The fact that you think it isn't a political issue leads me to believe that you lack the knowledge to contribute to this conversation in any meaningful way.
Feepit: Harbinger of the Doomed Rat: Oh look, another post where a moron thinks saying "both sides are bad" is insightful and makes them better than everyone else.Income disparity is a political issue because the current disparity is the direct result of the economic policies of one of the two major parties in this country. The fact that you think it isn't a political issue leads me to believe that you lack the knowledge to contribute to this conversation in any meaningful way.I didn't say both sides are bad. I said we have to look at the underlying issue.I suppose I shouldn't expect reading comprehension from a imbecile who thinks the way to meaningfully contribute to the "solution" is to blame the other party.
llortcM_yllort: You're aware that you're doing the same thing you're criticizing other people for doing, right? You're trying to pretend to be better than others because other people pretend to be better than others. Or:
Harbinger of the Doomed Rat: Yes, and the underlying issue is supply-side economics, deregulation of the financial sector, and touting wealth as the only truly important measure of success. Gee, I wonder which major political party has been pushing those planks for decades now? Could it possibly be that this political issue is directly related to the politics of the party that's been controlling the government's purse strings, a.k.a. The House, for 25 of the last 29 years? Nah! That couldn't possibly be it...there has to been some magical underlying issue under the underlying issue!
Feepit: Oh my gosh, you're right! Pointing out flaws automatically makes the flaw-pointer-outer equally flawed. It is all so clear now. Except it is completely wrong. Saying, "hey, let's focus on the problem rather than our irrelevant differences" isn't me jumping on a pedestal and flaunting how wonderful I am.
llortcM_yllort: Sounds hypocritical to me.
llortcM_yllort: Basically, you're not wrong you're just an asshole.
Feepit: Furthermore, the way this Geek tab thread was turning into a masturbatory echo chamber of but-but-but-Boehner was icky.
Flaumig: Pro Tip: A bunch of people disagreeing with you on the same point is not automatically an "echo chamber." It's far more likely that you're just really wrong.
Feepit: Flaumig: Pro Tip: A bunch of people disagreeing with you on the same point is not automatically an "echo chamber." It's far more likely that you're just really wrong.The only point I have disagreed on is whether blaming one's anti-friends is 1) relevant to the TED talk and 2.) a vector towards a solution for the problem of income inequality.Perhaps you could enlighten me as to how I am wrong instead of spewing petulant one-liners.
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