Rip, while I appreciate the "Herr Helio" (I prefer something like Obersturmbannfuehrer
Helio, for future reference), certainly you must recognize some metaphoric license I took in my last post.
Capitalism works. I got this quote when I heard it from Bill Buckley Jr., but it belonged to someone else (I just forgot whom):
"The problem with capitalism is capitalists,
The problem with socialism is socialism."
It is from this point that I argue that capitalism is superior. Institutionalized suffering is a far greater repugnancy than individuals causing suffering.
I can't make people see it the way I do. I'm not a supply-sider of much weight, in fact. I'm still not anti-obama, and I'm not against affluence paying more in taxes. T
Two more points before I head off to see Body Worlds:
You can't have a redistributionist tax/spend system in a world where people at BOTH ENDS of the distribution chain are not required to comply with mandates. THe poor are never required to hold up their end of the bargain (by which, I mean: quit being stupid economic drags leveraging the bottom of the scale with your self-destructive choices). I don't want to pay for them. And there is a never-ending supply of such in this country, while there is a pretty limited supply of wealth and wealthy...
Second, you should be required to confront the fact that, in effect
what you want is for it to be a civil crime to accumulate wealth beyond a certain arbitrary point. I'm fine with that only if you will also ensure you make it a civil crime to be an economic drag on society below a certain point (and I'm not talking about the disabled or the elderly here - I mean the shitwads who steal purses at gas stations in Silverthorne) and the gambling addicts out there not paying child support. Limitless compassion cannot be afforded within any society. If you're not willing to work both ends of the system, all you're doing is stealing from people who are resourceful enough to protect their assets.