[quote="leftyg"]You oversimplified the problem Michaels, perhaps, but I thought I was clearing out the junk and making it easier for you to see what you were targeting - wealth. Governments the world over try different things (experiment if you will), in their efforts to address the needs of their people.
Here, in this country, we have been tempted by you, liberals, the left, progressives, socialists, and even communists to abandon Capitalism because it is not perfect, as if another way would be perfect (Utopia).
making it an either or between capitalism and communism. Rule by a few may lbe efficient, but all the ducats will wind up in their accounts and that is the road to slavery. Really, again with the wealth, and the implication that it winds up in the hands of the few and that is the road to slavery. You know Leftyg, many today believe that the overbearing nature of our government today leaves it's citizens as modern day serfs, in a type of slavery. It is not just in the way you look at things, how you want to see it. But I really do not want to go down the road of psychological explanations here.
I have no more disdain for wealth (I added the l) than Jesus did when he threw the moneychangers out of the Temple. You know I really did not want to go to Biblical examples because of examples like this. The money changers could have done their work elsewhere. Jesus' said: My house shall be called the house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves. Jesus was pointing out the inappropriate nature of what the money changers were doing in the temple, (not that what they were doing was wrong period). The Bible is filled with examples of people that God had blessed with wealth, meaning that there was nothing wrong with people having it. Abraham, Lot, Jacob, David, Solomon, all were blessed by God with wealth. There were examples of other people who were wealthy that God judged and punished. Please do not try to make an oversimplification here on wealth. To me, that is from my point of view, people should not look at money as simply the difference between the "have's and the have nots"(As you stated, an either / or condition)
Look money is fine, but huge disaprities are sure and they are cured by taxes. Look at you, in one breath: "money is fine", and even as you exhale you declare money to be something like a disease that needs a cure for, and well what do you know, you already know what the cure for money is because according to you, it is "cured by taxes."
One way to look at it is the Gini INdex. Not again
Look at this link, No, I am through with the Gini Index, having discussed it with you before, and having no desire to do so again.
and go around to all the countries and see haow it varies http://worldpopulationreview.com/countr ... y-country/
Also, Look at the Happiness Index
[color=#FF0000]The happiness index, sheesh, Hebrews 13:5...";and be content with such things as ye have." (And my next comment is something you would resort to. I never heard of Jesus telling anybody, Move to Finland and be ye happy.) From the Gini index to the Happiness Index, you persist in your Jihad against wealth, as if to declare that lack of money is equal to despair, but you neglect counter examples in life that show that not all people who do not have (Whatever amount you make as the "happiness line") are unhappy. And there are plenty of people who are wealthy who are not happy either.
And I wished I was watching television instead of responding to your post. Television is definitely higher up in my happiness index than responding to posts.
The Liberal Creed: Take all the money you can, from all the people you can, in all the ways that you can, for as long as you can.