They are rich because they have been greedy. Rich people get that way by exploiting poor people and making as big a profit out of them as they can. <br />
So greedy people who exploit people are the very types who don't give a damn about people in need. In fact they are the ones who look down their noses at the poor as being inferior losers who have no right to live.
Though many of the super rich are in fact like you say I know quite a few rich people who have helped me out by creating work around their house for me that really didn't need to be done. They just knew I needed the work.
I would try to find something truly life changing for a lot of people. Maybe a new drug or treatment could be devised. Maybe I would just dress like a bum and leave money for poor people that need help. Maybe I would adopt a child that needed love. I don't know. I don't think cars and houses would do it for me.
Being poor or rich has nothing to do with being insular or selfish. We all have it one way or another regardless of our status in life. It seems most rich are because they are often in the news/media. :) <br />
I admire your passion to help. We can help even if we are not rich. :)
Most "rich" people do help the local community. Just check you the contribution lists for most community projects. Also, the "rich" pay the bulk of local property taxes and State income taxes.
You have no way of knowing what you would do if you had millions of dollars. Most people who win those big lottery jackpots are broke and ruined in a year or two. There are many rich people who help other people. I am not rich, but I have no right to accuse people of something I am not sure of-- and I really have no idea what other people do with their money.
Attitude comes from way of thought, not money.
If you had millions you would be forced (for your protection) to donate incognito. Wealthy people do give all the time. It's not about showing off. It's about the 'GIFT'
Maybe they were Insular and Selfish when they were Poor too!
That's why you and I are not rich. We don't want to go out there and **** people over, in order to make the big money.
You don't get rich by caring about anyone but yourself.
You gain wealth by watching how you spend. We gain by saving for tomorrow because we want our family to be safe. We pay our bills on time and don't buy a new car every year. Are you wanting people to build a billboard sign and have it read FREE MONEY?
I have a 2007 Toyota. My house is mortgage free. I don't have all the new gadgets. Don't need a TV. My priorities is making sure my children and grandchildren are safe. But yes I have money in the bank. It's gonna stay there.
That doesn't make you rich.
You have the right idea. You'll never be the one with your hand out for someone else's money
That is the point. JJ is not destitute. He has Internet. If it's from his Phone he probably paid too much for this cell strictly because it's trendy. Yet he complains Rich people aren't standing on the street corner passing out their money.
Yes I buy a lotto ticket. I purchase One a month, Never received a penny. But I would help my family first. Not my entire town. Most people would blow it on a cruise and still cry because the bank Just took their home. One needs to have common sense when it comes to money.
I grew up POOR. I didn't want my life that way and have held on to certain goals.
The "milk the rich" mentality comes from the class warfare mentality that we seem to be seeing more and more. Its easier to have a "give me, give me" approach to life than to work hard for what one has and made intelligent choices with our assets and our lives.
As my dad says, "you don't get rich by helping others".
Yeah, but Bill Gates is a rich guy to the super rich. I suppose it also depends on how you come in to that sort of money. It's a terrible shame, even more so that it isn't exclusive to people but entire nations.
No, I'm talking about how certain governments would rather spend excessive amounts of money on killing people in war and finding oil than they would on eradicating poverty. The Australian PM is due to completely cut spending on foreign aid.
What world are you living in? I don't know how you define "rich". But just look at the donor and support lists of charities, etc. Then look at the World's Richest People list. There's a large correlation between the two.
As far as politicians..... they are in it for the money and power.
Donations are relative. I'm fairly certain the point has been made that there are expectations (which fall onto a limited few of the richest, not generally the rich. There are many rich people who don't pay anything to charity) who do pay considerably to charities and whatnot, but a larger majority that don't, or pay limited. Poverty actually has a price tag easily met (even easier by countries) yet people choose to ignore it, and I was getting to nations as it's in the 'bigger picture'.
But many do get rich WHILE helping others.
I am by no means "rich", but I do live in a gated community. I don't know where you get the idea that we don't interact with the local people. If you're saying that we don't walk through the housing projects daily, you are correct. But, I suggest that the average middle class American avoids the projects like the plague.
My family participates in several public service groups. My husband has taught Junior Achievement classes at a public middle school.
Keep in mind that the "rich" employ the local people you cite.
Since you want to talk about roads, consider that our local government refused to resurface the main road to our subdivision for more than 10 years although our average resident pays well in excess of $10,000 annually in property taxes. We finally got fed up and paid the town's part of the project from our own money.
Every person here worked hard for what we have and made rational financial decisions. I drove Toyotas rather than a Lexus. Our first home was 1300 sq ft . I bought clothes on sale. I own a regular cell phone, not a $400 smart phone that I upgrade every 2 yrs,
Its easy to point your finger at those who have more than some others. Instead of wasting your energy pointing that finger, you should use that energy working hard to reach the same level.
But, if you want class warfare, remember the rich can afford bigger and better weapons.
Lets address the big box store issue first. The reason that the big box stores prices are lower than the smaller stores is a simple economic principle and fact. ... efficiency of scale. Do you want to pay more for a product when you can pay less? If you and the others in your town don't want the big boxes to replace the smaller local stores, there a simple solution.... shop at the local stores and avoid the big boxes. Also, ever buy something on the internet,perhaps from Amazon??? If so, you're also helping to close down the local stores.
Now, to address the corrupt local officials. Aren't they elected by the people of the community? Isn't there a recall mechanism where you live? Are you circulating a recall petition?
As far as a rights to set up a private village - why wouldn't they have the right to do so? I'm certain that you would prefer to live in a home surrounded by other nice homes and not a ghetto. The reason that we are living in a comfortable lifestyle is that we invested in ourselves -education, hard work, financial responsibility, etc. We both came from blue collar, non-union backgrounds. We attended a local state university. In the late 1980's, the industry my husband worked in folded and out income was cut by as much as 40% for almost 3 years. We cut back on expenses,didn't miss a house note, we paid our bills, remained active in the community.
We busted our butts for what we have, and I will never apologize for that.
One thing that I agree with is your no brains comment. Unfortunately, it seems that more and more, we find people who aren't willing to work on their weaknesses and find jobs careers that are within their abilities.
If today, we gave every adult in this country $1,000,000 within 2 yrs we would again have an emerging underclass. Many would gamble it away, drink it away, spend it on short term pleasures, etc.
Very few would use it for education, save a substantial part of it or invest a substantial part of it.
We are seeing the growth of a gimme, gimme, gimme society and economy. If you want to be a part of that and feel sorry for your self - so be it.
The fallacy of your statement is that you think that people should be given things, housing, food. Yes, there are a small percentage of individuals that for various reasons can not be expected to work. But the vast majority of the people who are on the dole are quite capable of working. In order to receive all of the things you suggest they should be required to perform some substantial form of public service if they can not find other work. Cleaning streets, washing statues, helping in schools, etc should be work that they are required to perform. As far as free healthcare - nothing is free. Your taxes pay for it. And if the few people I know who have lived in your country are any indication, there is a two tiered healthcare system. Anyone who wants timely, quality health services has to purchase additional private (and rather expensive) coverage.
You are correct, people are not equal. We are all different. What U.S. democracy provides is the equal right in achieve based on our strengths, our weaknesses and most importantly our work ethic.
My husband and I certainly did not come from privilege. We worked hard, we set reasonable goals, we seized every chance we found to further our knowledge and we were rewarded for it.
There is no excuse for anyone to not have a permanent address. Churches, charities and the government both there and here provide services and shelter. For the most part those who live on our streets have chosen to drop out of society and live that way.
Several weeks ago, a neighbor saw a young man on a street corner begging money. My neighbor offered the man $50 and lunch to help with a small. non labor intensive job. The young man refused....
My sympathy goes only so far. We (western society) has become too accepting of those who wont put out the effort but want the rewards. Tens of thousands of jobs go unfilled every day in this country, not because the standards are so high, but because no one makes application.