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(The New York Times)   The largest hospital systems got $5 billion in coronavirus emergency funds, despite sitting on $100B in cash. Fark: some are big enough to have their own investment portfolios that earn more than patient care   (nytimes.com) divider line
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2020-05-25 9:35:51 AM  
Oh, show a little sympathy subby. An aggressively invested portfolio isn't earning anything in this economy.
 
2020-05-25 9:54:11 AM  
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2020-05-25 9:54:34 AM  
For-profit healthcare is amazing!
 
2020-05-25 9:57:08 AM  
Shut up. Leave the 1% alone, liberal. The important question is: Does Covid-19 cause swollen tax breaks?
 
d23 [BareFark] [OhFark]
2020-05-25 9:57:58 AM  
Our country's values systems are farked up.

I know it is obvious, but some people still think this way of thinking is normal.
 
2020-05-25 9:59:10 AM  
They can't hear you because they're buried under Benjamins
 
2020-05-25 9:59:31 AM  
You people really need a socialist revolution.
 
2020-05-25 10:00:49 AM  
Maybe our members of Congress should take more care when writing these bills instead of us biatching about it when people don't "do the right thing".
 
2020-05-25 10:02:08 AM  
And they'd have a little bit more if those greedy nurses would just make do with one mask a week instead of demanding one per 14-hour shift.
 
2020-05-25 10:03:34 AM  
Meanwhile, smaller and rural hospitals are eating shiat.
 
2020-05-25 10:04:05 AM  

d23: Our country's values systems are farked up.

I know it is obvious, but some people still think this way of thinking is normal.


Unfortunately we keep going back to the same mantra, socialized risk, privatized profits. Though this time around with Trump, it's now semi-1984 with everything Donald doesn't like being thrown into the memory hole (at least at his end, he hasn't figured out how to make illegal news companies and the internet websites that display facts) and his outright spoken and tweeted desire to be named fascist dictator for life.
 
2020-05-25 10:05:45 AM  

TomFooolery: Oh, show a little sympathy subby. An aggressively invested portfolio isn't earning anything in this economy.


you'd be surprised how well some are doing
 
2020-05-25 10:10:12 AM  
If they use the money to pay salaries, they're entitled.

Or does Fark really think these giant machines are going to keep people on the payroll out of their bank balances? Of course not, they will dump them out on 'furlough'.

People complain about things without thinking them through.
 
d23 [BareFark] [OhFark]
2020-05-25 10:12:43 AM  

bikkurikun: You people really need a socialist revolution.


Actually we need a democratic revolution.  This shiat that is happening is related to oligarchy in charge of all the levers of power.
 
2020-05-25 10:14:18 AM  
Many large hospital systems run rural hospitals that bleed money.
 
2020-05-25 10:15:34 AM  
But another stimulus check for regular people? That's socialism
 
d23 [BareFark] [OhFark]
2020-05-25 10:16:33 AM  

DarkSoulNoHope: d23: Our country's values systems are farked up.

I know it is obvious, but some people still think this way of thinking is normal.

Unfortunately we keep going back to the same mantra, socialized risk, privatized profits. Though this time around with Trump, it's now semi-1984 with everything Donald doesn't like being thrown into the memory hole (at least at his end, he hasn't figured out how to make illegal news companies and the internet websites that display facts) and his outright spoken and tweeted desire to be named fascist dictator for life.


There is only one group in the USA that are being listened to by government.  There is still the headfake of elections every two years, but in a lot of places the information is controlled by big money.  It is really not surprising there is one solution to all problems in a system where only the loudest voices get heard and the bullhorn of money is allowed to run amok.  When you also have got a far-right wing that have been groomed to be cult-like then you have a very bad toxic stew.
 
2020-05-25 10:18:09 AM  

DarkSoulNoHope: d23: Our country's values systems are farked up.

I know it is obvious, but some people still think this way of thinking is normal.

Unfortunately we keep going back to the same mantra, socialized risk, privatized profits. Though this time around with Trump, it's now semi-1984 with everything Donald doesn't like being thrown into the memory hole (at least at his end, he hasn't figured out how to make illegal news companies and the internet websites that display facts) and his outright spoken and tweeted desire to be named fascist dictator for life.


To be fair, though, this didn't start with Trump. This started with Reagan's "Morning in America." We slashed taxes for the rich in the early '80s, told everyone that greed is good, and retooled far too much of our federal and state governments to work with the idea that volume should make up for the loss. Because we were all promised a piece of the action, because the "American Dream" was no longer linked to hard work, but clever exploitation, we readily signed on the dotted line with dollar signs in our eyes and nothing in our heads.

Forty years later, two generations have watched as the generation who held the checkbook reaped the windfall while we continued to toil under the idea that, maybe, it'll be our turn next. A cargo cult sprang up around that idea, which was nurtured and tested during the Clinton and Dubya years - the cult was leveraged to get Dubya into office through the force of sheer irony, but it was weaponized after 9/11 by giving the cult an enemy and branding the opposition as collaborators, all of which were to be demonized & destroyed. When it came time to do it again, "the opposition" remained, but the players were swapped out - and, with even more irony, the cult leaders actually collaborated with our erstwhile foes to ensure that "the opposition" remained demonized.

It's not just a mantra any more. It's the linchpin with which much of what's going on right now is secured. It must be believed because if that linchpin is pulled, the wheel comes off the axle and we're all in deep shiat. The morons in power have no fallback, "the opposition" don't have enough support, and progress as a country simply crashes in a heap. That's the fear behind the desperate belief by Trump supporters - that it's either Trump or disaster, Trump or death, Trump or ruin, and there's no middle ground because two generations have been laboring, for good or ill, with that linchpin in place.
 
2020-05-25 10:18:55 AM  
Tell me again how for-profit hospitals keep the cost of healthcare down.
 
2020-05-25 10:22:06 AM  

d23: DarkSoulNoHope: d23: Our country's values systems are farked up.

I know it is obvious, but some people still think this way of thinking is normal.

Unfortunately we keep going back to the same mantra, socialized risk, privatized profits. Though this time around with Trump, it's now semi-1984 with everything Donald doesn't like being thrown into the memory hole (at least at his end, he hasn't figured out how to make illegal news companies and the internet websites that display facts) and his outright spoken and tweeted desire to be named fascist dictator for life.

There is only one group in the USA that are being listened to by government.  There is still the headfake of elections every two years, but in a lot of places the information is controlled by big money.  It is really not surprising there is one solution to all problems in a system where only the loudest voices get heard and the bullhorn of money is allowed to run amok.  When you also have got a far-right wing that have been groomed to be cult-like then you have a very bad toxic stew.


That's the thing - it's just "haves vs. have-nots" at this point. Just about every other posed dichotomy is manufactured or maintained to ensure that other divisions remain around which everyone can argue. Because the second the have-nots realize that they far outnumber the haves, and that there's almost no difference between any of the other manufactured divisions, the haves are screwed.
 
2020-05-25 10:22:27 AM  
This should be a fun thread of impotent people complaining about other people's money. Start that revolution you keep talking about. Go on. Do it.

Bet you won't. 🤣
 
2020-05-25 10:23:34 AM  

edmo: Tell me again how for-profit hospitals keep the cost of healthcare down.


Many of them are probably not technically "for-profit."

There's a similar dynamic in higher ed. The wealthiest institutions have huge endowments that make huge returns. At some elite universities, the highest paid employee is their investment manager. The joke (for years now) is that a place like Harvard is a hedge fund with a university attached.

But of course, they are pleading poverty during the pandemic, begging for money, and laying off employees. So... yeah.
 
2020-05-25 10:25:23 AM  

FarkBucket18: This should be a fun thread of impotent people complaining about other people's money. Start that revolution you keep talking about. Go on. Do it.

Bet you won't. 🤣


Last time I checked the money was created by the government. In fact, at this point, the government is pretty much just straight up using that money to prop up the stock market and banks.

So... yeah... pretending that the money held by the rich is somehow rightfully gained isn't going to fly with anyone who knows how the current system works.
 
2020-05-25 10:27:18 AM  

FarkBucket18: This should be a fun thread of impotent people complaining about other people's money. Start that revolution you keep talking about. Go on. Do it.

Bet you won't. 🤣


You're never going to be rich, so why do you defend the class of people you will never be part of?
 
2020-05-25 10:30:06 AM  

eiger: FarkBucket18: This should be a fun thread of impotent people complaining about other people's money. Start that revolution you keep talking about. Go on. Do it.

Bet you won't. 🤣

Last time I checked the money was created by the government. In fact, at this point, the government is pretty much just straight up using that money to prop up the stock market and banks.

So... yeah... pretending that the money held by the rich is somehow rightfully gained isn't going to fly with anyone who knows how the current system works.


So, what are you going to do about it? Camp in a NY Park and sing Kumbaya until people forget that you ever existed? Because that worked so well the last time ...

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2020-05-25 10:31:02 AM  

eiger: edmo: Tell me again how for-profit hospitals keep the cost of healthcare down.

Many of them are probably not technically "for-profit."

There's a similar dynamic in higher ed. The wealthiest institutions have huge endowments that make huge returns. At some elite universities, the highest paid employee is their investment manager. The joke (for years now) is that a place like Harvard is a hedge fund with a university attached.

But of course, they are pleading poverty during the pandemic, begging for money, and laying off employees. So... yeah.


When I read the headline, Harvard immediately popped into my mind.  I've long thought there should be a 50% excise tax on all donations to institutions that have endowments over a certain dollar amount.  A vanity tax for getting your name on a building or endowing a football coach.
 
2020-05-25 10:33:13 AM  

FarkBucket18: eiger: FarkBucket18: This should be a fun thread of impotent people complaining about other people's money. Start that revolution you keep talking about. Go on. Do it.

Bet you won't. 🤣

Last time I checked the money was created by the government. In fact, at this point, the government is pretty much just straight up using that money to prop up the stock market and banks.

So... yeah... pretending that the money held by the rich is somehow rightfully gained isn't going to fly with anyone who knows how the current system works.

So, what are you going to do about it? Camp in a NY Park and sing Kumbaya until people forget that you ever existed? Because that worked so well the last time ...

[Fark user image image 425x238]


So you suggest we go instead as mobs at night to some wealthy houses and break out the guillotines?
 
2020-05-25 10:33:47 AM  

NuclearPenguins: FarkBucket18: This should be a fun thread of impotent people complaining about other people's money. Start that revolution you keep talking about. Go on. Do it.

Bet you won't. 🤣

You're never going to be rich, so why do you defend the class of people you will never be part of?


While I'm not a billionaire, I'm considered rich by the people wanting more of my hard earned money every year and my business exclusively caters to people who are considered rich.

My plan is to be retired at 45. Why is that such a bad thing?
 
2020-05-25 10:35:07 AM  

DarkSoulNoHope: FarkBucket18: eiger: FarkBucket18: This should be a fun thread of impotent people complaining about other people's money. Start that revolution you keep talking about. Go on. Do it.

Bet you won't. 🤣

Last time I checked the money was created by the government. In fact, at this point, the government is pretty much just straight up using that money to prop up the stock market and banks.

So... yeah... pretending that the money held by the rich is somehow rightfully gained isn't going to fly with anyone who knows how the current system works.

So, what are you going to do about it? Camp in a NY Park and sing Kumbaya until people forget that you ever existed? Because that worked so well the last time ...

[Fark user image image 425x238]

So you suggest we go instead as mobs at night to some wealthy houses and break out the guillotines?


Sure. Do it.

Or jerk off into a towel crying about how the rich rigged the game.
 
2020-05-25 10:36:40 AM  

FarkBucket18: NuclearPenguins: FarkBucket18: This should be a fun thread of impotent people complaining about other people's money. Start that revolution you keep talking about. Go on. Do it.

Bet you won't. 🤣

You're never going to be rich, so why do you defend the class of people you will never be part of?

While I'm not a billionaire, I'm considered rich by the people wanting more of my hard earned money every year and my business exclusively caters to people who are considered rich.

My plan is to be retired at 45. Why is that such a bad thing?


surejan.gif
 
2020-05-25 10:39:00 AM  

FarkBucket18: NuclearPenguins: FarkBucket18: This should be a fun thread of impotent people complaining about other people's money. Start that revolution you keep talking about. Go on. Do it.

Bet you won't. 🤣

You're never going to be rich, so why do you defend the class of people you will never be part of?

While I'm not a billionaire, I'm considered rich by the people wanting more of my hard earned money every year and my business exclusively caters to people who are considered rich.

My plan is to be retired at 45. Why is that such a bad thing?


In this instance they are literally using other people's money, including yours, to prop up already wealthy institutions.

It's the sort of irony that takes you back behind the shed and caves in your skull.

Meanwhile small businesses who couldn't secure these grants or loans are folding like cheap suits.
 
2020-05-25 10:40:21 AM  

FarkBucket18: DarkSoulNoHope: FarkBucket18: eiger: FarkBucket18: This should be a fun thread of impotent people complaining about other people's money. Start that revolution you keep talking about. Go on. Do it.

Bet you won't. 🤣

Last time I checked the money was created by the government. In fact, at this point, the government is pretty much just straight up using that money to prop up the stock market and banks.

So... yeah... pretending that the money held by the rich is somehow rightfully gained isn't going to fly with anyone who knows how the current system works.

So, what are you going to do about it? Camp in a NY Park and sing Kumbaya until people forget that you ever existed? Because that worked so well the last time ...

[Fark user image image 425x238]

So you suggest we go instead as mobs at night to some wealthy houses and break out the guillotines?

Sure. Do it.

Or jerk off into a towel crying about how the rich rigged the game.


We know how the rich rigged the game. The solution is to reverse that rigging. Do you want that done peacefully or violently when people get desperate?
 
2020-05-25 10:42:01 AM  

NuclearPenguins: FarkBucket18: This should be a fun thread of impotent people complaining about other people's money. Start that revolution you keep talking about. Go on. Do it.

Bet you won't. 🤣

You're never going to be rich, so why do you defend the class of people you will never be part of?


He does have a point, I've been hearing about pitchforks and guillotines on this site forever.  The most revolutionary thing these keyboard warriors are going to do is vote for a guy from Delaware who kissed the a** of the financial system so hard, progressives used to mock him as Sen. Joe Biden, D from MBNA
 
2020-05-25 10:45:25 AM  

Eightballjacket: NuclearPenguins: FarkBucket18: This should be a fun thread of impotent people complaining about other people's money. Start that revolution you keep talking about. Go on. Do it.

Bet you won't. 🤣

You're never going to be rich, so why do you defend the class of people you will never be part of?

He does have a point, I've been hearing about pitchforks and guillotines on this site forever.  The most revolutionary thing these keyboard warriors are going to do is vote for a guy from Delaware who kissed the a** of the financial system so hard, progressives used to mock him as Sen. Joe Biden, D from MBNA


Biden is better than Trump. That is the only thing anyone with an above room temperature IQ should care about.
 
2020-05-25 10:47:09 AM  

FarkBucket18: NuclearPenguins: FarkBucket18: This should be a fun thread of impotent people complaining about other people's money. Start that revolution you keep talking about. Go on. Do it.

Bet you won't. 🤣

You're never going to be rich, so why do you defend the class of people you will never be part of?

While I'm not a billionaire, I'm considered rich by the people wanting more of my hard earned money every year and my business exclusively caters to people who are considered rich.



No you're not
 
2020-05-25 10:48:03 AM  

FarkBucket18: NuclearPenguins: FarkBucket18: This should be a fun thread of impotent people complaining about other people's money. Start that revolution you keep talking about. Go on. Do it.

Bet you won't. 🤣

You're never going to be rich, so why do you defend the class of people you will never be part of?

While I'm not a billionaire, I'm considered rich by the people wanting more of my hard earned money every year and my business exclusively caters to people who are considered rich.

My plan is to be retired at 45. Why is that such a bad thing?


How does it feel to be a parasite?

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2020-05-25 10:54:59 AM  

NuclearPenguins: Eightballjacket: NuclearPenguins: FarkBucket18: This should be a fun thread of impotent people complaining about other people's money. Start that revolution you keep talking about. Go on. Do it.

Bet you won't. 🤣

You're never going to be rich, so why do you defend the class of people you will never be part of?

He does have a point, I've been hearing about pitchforks and guillotines on this site forever.  The most revolutionary thing these keyboard warriors are going to do is vote for a guy from Delaware who kissed the a** of the financial system so hard, progressives used to mock him as Sen. Joe Biden, D from MBNA

Biden is better than Trump. That is the only thing anyone with an above room temperature IQ should care about.


Yeah, but it isn't a revolutionary act.  Go ahead and vote for Biden, just stop pretending you are Trotsky, you are really  Eisenhower republicans.  (not necessarily you, but the ones beating off to the idea of vigilantism)  Actually, Ike probably wouldn't have voted for the Iraq war like Biden did.
 
2020-05-25 10:59:52 AM  

NuclearPenguins: FarkBucket18: This should be a fun thread of impotent people complaining about other people's money. Start that revolution you keep talking about. Go on. Do it.

Bet you won't. 🤣

You're never going to be rich, so why do you defend the class of people you will never be part of?


Rich people are never going to be on food stamps so why would they care about the poor. Your logic is astounding!
 
2020-05-25 11:00:28 AM  

Bonzo_1116: FarkBucket18: NuclearPenguins: FarkBucket18: This should be a fun thread of impotent people complaining about other people's money. Start that revolution you keep talking about. Go on. Do it.

Bet you won't. 🤣

You're never going to be rich, so why do you defend the class of people you will never be part of?

While I'm not a billionaire, I'm considered rich by the people wanting more of my hard earned money every year and my business exclusively caters to people who are considered rich.

My plan is to be retired at 45. Why is that such a bad thing?

How does it feel to be a parasite?

[Fark user image image 840x658]


Never better. Self-righteousness never paid the bills. I'd rather be a "parasite" from my new house on the coast than complaining about how much other people have.

I took my want of more and turned it into a career that I'm proud of.

Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2020-05-25 11:02:39 AM  
The capital class have had a free ride for too farking long in this country.  It's time for them to tighten their belts, and for power to shift back to labor.  The existence of billionaires is an obscenity.
 
2020-05-25 11:15:14 AM  

cretinbob: Many large hospital systems run rural hospitals that bleed money.


exactly this they are a loss and tax break. also any business is not there for employees or customers it is
there to make money for investors.and or owners
 
2020-05-25 11:20:48 AM  

FarkBucket18: Bonzo_1116: FarkBucket18: NuclearPenguins: FarkBucket18: This should be a fun thread of impotent people complaining about other people's money. Start that revolution you keep talking about. Go on. Do it.

Bet you won't. 🤣

You're never going to be rich, so why do you defend the class of people you will never be part of?

While I'm not a billionaire, I'm considered rich by the people wanting more of my hard earned money every year and my business exclusively caters to people who are considered rich.

My plan is to be retired at 45. Why is that such a bad thing?

How does it feel to be a parasite?

[Fark user image image 840x658]

Never better. Self-righteousness never paid the bills. I'd rather be a "parasite" from my new house on the coast than complaining about how much other people have.

I took my want of more and turned it into a career that I'm proud of.

[Fark user image 425x501]


You're not "rich" and you never will be.  Nobody cares that you managed to leverage your greed into a few nice things, because you have no real power.  The notion that 'everybody wants what you have' is just something you made up in your brain. You're just an example of how short-sighted and selfish some people can be.

No one really cares what you do.  We care about checking the people who actually have wealth and power- the group that uses you for their own benefit just as much as they use the poor people you mistakenly think you're different from.

Here's a little secret of life: you haven't found real success until you've found the satisfaction to want everyone to have what you have, instead of using them as a measure for your own success.  Until then, you'll be just another infantile failure with an investment portfolio.
 
2020-05-25 11:23:10 AM  

bikkurikun: You people really need a socialist revolution.


we have that now Trump wants government to run everything
 
2020-05-25 11:31:56 AM  
For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away
Matthew 25:29
 
2020-05-25 11:44:22 AM  

d23: bikkurikun: You people really need a socialist revolution.

Actually we need a democratic revolution.  This shiat that is happening is related to oligarchy in charge of all the levers of power.


Why not both.gif
 
2020-05-25 12:05:38 PM  
I agree. We should give money only to unsuccessful, poorly run hospitals with poor financial planning.

/actually, we should stop putting more people on underpaying public plans, and cutting Medicare payments, so they can actually be financially solvent.
 
2020-05-25 12:15:33 PM  

FarkBucket18: Bonzo_1116: FarkBucket18: NuclearPenguins: FarkBucket18: This should be a fun thread of impotent people complaining about other people's money. Start that revolution you keep talking about. Go on. Do it.

Bet you won't. 🤣

You're never going to be rich, so why do you defend the class of people you will never be part of?

While I'm not a billionaire, I'm considered rich by the people wanting more of my hard earned money every year and my business exclusively caters to people who are considered rich.

My plan is to be retired at 45. Why is that such a bad thing?

How does it feel to be a parasite?

[Fark user image image 840x658]

Never better. Self-righteousness never paid the bills. I'd rather be a "parasite" from my new house on the coast than complaining about how much other people have.

I took my want of more and turned it into a career that I'm proud of.

[Fark user image image 425x501]


The problem is that attitudes like this just gloss over the problems we have.  This current system is not sustainable in the long run, be it a collapse of the financial systems or an all out revolution.  It probably won't even happen even in our grandchildren's lifetimes, but we're already seeing our influence on the world stage wane and new powerhouse and centers for monetary influence and power step up.

This fark you I got mine apathy feeds into this and will expedite the situation.

I've already made enough money this year that I could take a full year off and still be fine as long as I lived within my means plus at least 1 vacation, or i could really splurge with vacations and toys and not work for half a year and be fine.

So I may not be 1% rich, but I'm definitely doing better than a majority of the united states, and that's without any investments, that's pure liquid assets based on my skills and knowledge base.  That doesn't mean I am complacent with the existing systems.  The cracks are starting to show and starting to get wider and wider.  Even though the eventual fall of our existing system won't affect me, my daughter's (or possible future children's), or grandchildren's doesn't mean I shouldn't care or actively work towards and advocate for change.
 
2020-05-25 12:25:49 PM  

d23: bikkurikun: You people really need a socialist revolution.

Actually we need a democratic revolution.  This shiat that is happening is related to oligarchy in charge of all the levers of power.


Especially because the socialists are so deaf to absolutely every suggestion except "Medicare for All Right This Second" that they ignore Democrats and moderate conservatives who have been sounding the alarm about hospitals becoming tools for the investor class, with private equity firms sucking American patients dry. The "everything or nothing" mentality of the left is becoming just as destructive in the end as the far right economic policies we should be fighting.
 
2020-05-25 12:52:29 PM  

Z-clipped: FarkBucket18: Bonzo_1116: FarkBucket18: NuclearPenguins: FarkBucket18: This should be a fun thread of impotent people complaining about other people's money. Start that revolution you keep talking about. Go on. Do it.

Bet you won't. 🤣

You're never going to be rich, so why do you defend the class of people you will never be part of?

While I'm not a billionaire, I'm considered rich by the people wanting more of my hard earned money every year and my business exclusively caters to people who are considered rich.

My plan is to be retired at 45. Why is that such a bad thing?

How does it feel to be a parasite?

[Fark user image image 840x658]

Never better. Self-righteousness never paid the bills. I'd rather be a "parasite" from my new house on the coast than complaining about how much other people have.

I took my want of more and turned it into a career that I'm proud of.

[Fark user image 425x501]

You're not "rich" and you never will be.  Nobody cares that you managed to leverage your greed into a few nice things, because you have no real power.  The notion that 'everybody wants what you have' is just something you made up in your brain. You're just an example of how short-sighted and selfish some people can be.

No one really cares what you do.  We care about checking the people who actually have wealth and power- the group that uses you for their own benefit just as much as they use the poor people you mistakenly think you're different from.

Here's a little secret of life: you haven't found real success until you've found the satisfaction to want everyone to have what you have, instead of using them as a measure for your own success.  Until then, you'll be just another infantile failure with an investment portfolio.


Wait, because I don't have billions, only millions, I'm not "rich." Cool. Most Democrats do consider me rich since I am part of the 1% being asked to pay more to fund things I'll never benefit from.

So, let's not call us names and then expect us to open our pockets to give to others.

As for not having power, cool, I don't want it. In fact, what I want - more than anything - is to not work and enjoy the fruits of my labor. I'm roughly a decade from that point where my passive investments will earn more than my income allowing me to retire and never have to work a day in my life again.

If that's not the definition of rich, cool. It is for me. I don't want a megayacht, I'm fine with the SeaRay I have. I don't want a private jet. I don't want a 20,000sf mansion, 5000 is already too large for me - honestly. But, I don't get mad because there are richer people than I. They made better investments, better decisions, and were better business people. Who cares? I don't. They earned that success and I don't want any of it.

I want my own success defined on my own terms. I don't want political power. I want to live my life as free from the bother of other people as I can. I want to not work and enjoy everyday on Lake Erie kayaking, water skiing, and boating. I want to enjoy skiing winters in Wyoming without having to work for it.

I'm the epitome of lazy and the quicker I get to doing nothing and being paid for it, the happier I'll be.

If your success is living in a hovel and shouting at the rate to stop nibbling your fingers, that's fine too, my success doesn't take anything away from yours. Maybe instead of being upset that rich people have made better decisions than you and have been rewarded for it, you channel some of that anger into improving your own life.

I live without want from others. If you want others to pay for poorer people, you're no better than a thief with a Robin Hood complex. Steal from the rich and give to the poir.

Better yet, why not have everyone pitch in equally? 20% from everyone to find the socialist utopia you want. That's ya everyone shares equally in the pain of what you want to spend money on.
 
2020-05-25 12:58:14 PM  

jjorsett: Maybe our members of Congress should take more care when writing these bills instead of us biatching about it when people don't "do the right thing".


Really? Do you also heap the blame on owners of burglarized houses for not having more security?

Does integrity not factor at all into things for you?
 
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