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  •  We could take the money (6+ / 0-)

    From the richest, but then they wouldn't be the richest, would they?  Besides the poor would just spend it on food, drink, clothing and such, putting private yacht and plane makers out of the money.

    You have to think about this first...

    OK, let's do it.  Here're the bell,  you slip employees over their necks....

    •  The billionaires do not put enough (7+ / 0-)

      money back into the economy, yachts and mansions included.

      Now, pass the money around like they did after WW2 through taxation and not only did we have a prosperous Middle Class we also had PLENTY of WEALTHY folks as well.

      Sorry, I see any billionaire as selfish.  Even Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.  Why are they investing their Foundation money in foreign countries and not our own?  

      How about Microsoft paying their people MORE and selling their product for LESS.

      But that would mean they were for the people and not the rich and the shareholders.

      I do have some respect for Warren Buffet, who is still leaving each of his kids a billion dollars a piece.....  Oh, I shudder to think what a pitiful life they will have to lead with so much.

      -6.13 -4.4 Where are you? Take the Test!!!

      by MarciaJ720 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:52:13 AM PST

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      •  Microsoft? (6+ / 0-)

        I get complaining about exploitative business practices. But you've got a list that includes the Koch brothers, the Walton family, and a slew of other unpleasant characters, and you pick on Microsoft?

        Microsoft is one of the best employers in an industry full of exceptional employers. They have excellent pay, unparallelled benefits, fantastic working conditions, and a non-discrimination policy to die for.

        And the vast majority of their profit comes from large-scale corporate licensing and other corporate solutions (i.e. selling to other wealthy entities). Their other major profit center is XBox games, which are a luxury. The profit margin on most of their consumer products is relatively low, and many are free (not out of altruism, of course, there are valid business reasons, but still.) Their developer products are mostly available free through their small business and student programs, and the stripped-down basic versions are free for everyone.

        I'm not a Microsoft fanboy - I actually don't like most of their stuff. I prefer open-source as much as possible. And I don't particularly like coding for Microsoft platforms. In terms of corporate citizenship, they're not perfect - they're large and have monopolistic tendencies and like all companies they need to be regulated. But overall, they're pretty much a shining example of "treat your workers well and don't gouge the consumer."

        "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

        by kyril on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 09:25:11 AM PST

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        •  Get back to me on that (3+ / 0-)
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          when they let people choose between Windows 7 and Windows 8 again at the retail level.
           

          It is time to #Occupy Media.

          by lunachickie on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 10:41:24 AM PST

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          •  As I said, they're not perfect. (3+ / 0-)
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            Windows 8 for desktops is awful from a usability perspective and should never, ever have made it out the door in its current state.

            But releasing crappy products and refusing to listen to your customers isn't unethical. It's just bad business. From an ethics standpoint, there are far bigger fish to fry. Many of which also sell crappy products and work to deny their customers other options. (cough)Walmart(cough)

            "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

            by kyril on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:21:53 PM PST

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      •  Seriously? (7+ / 0-)
        Sorry, I see any billionaire as selfish.  Even Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.  Why are they investing their Foundation money in foreign countries and not our own?
        The foreign countries where the Gates Foundation is spending much of its money are wracked by preventable diseases like malaria and polio, and child mortality and poverty rates are staggering. I'll be the first to agree that the United States has no shortage of problems, but we're not seeing a quarter of our children die before age 5.

        While I agree that nobody should have that staggering an amount of wealth, support taxation policies to that effect, and think that some of what the Gates Foundation does is misguided (their education policies, to be exact), I find your complaint that they're spending money overseas to help poor children not die from malaria and polio instead of spending it in the U.S. to be a bit chauvinistic and self-centered.

        "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

        by JamesGG on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 09:34:08 AM PST

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      •  So people in the developing world don't matter? (1+ / 0-)
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        Why are they investing their Foundation money in foreign countries and not our own?  
        A 2 year old girl in Africa can just die of Malaria for all you care? Is that what you're saying? Hey, they're not American, so who cares right?

        We have a lot of problems in this country, but there are literally billions of people who live indescribably worse than the poorest and most vulnerable Americans.

        Stuff like that makes you no better than Neocons and Republicans who could care less how many brown people become "collateral damage" because they aren't American.

        We're supposed to be better than that. Apparently we have some ways to go.

        When we stop putting leaders from the past up on pedestals and ignoring their flaws, we can start seeing our present leaders for what they really are.

        by PhillyJeff on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:55:35 PM PST

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      •  and Warren Buffett is using his money to destroy (2+ / 0-)
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        the climate by his involvement in the strip mining of coal in the Powder River Basin for his train, BNSF, to take to  the proposed FIVE huge coal terminals in the northwest.
        If successful he will have turned Washington State into a State with non stop coal trains with every city, town, and community  along the path from coal fields to terminals to nothing but bystanders to the conveyor belt of coal running thru their lives. Poisoning everything it passes, land, water and air as it blocks traffic and other goods from being shipped,
        But hey think about the jobs! Yes maybe 265 workers for a 1,200 acre coal terminal north of here in Bellingham that will store in the open 80 ACRES of huge coal piles.That also means using tens of millions of gallons of freshwater each day on the coal piles, and that water will come from the local water supply.It will also use more water than the local town of Ferndale. Of course it will mean almost 500 of the biggest ships in the world per year to one of the busiest shipping lanes in north America. Environmental disaster will not be a matter of 'if' but 'when' and then this beautiful area is gone, our own Gulf of Mexico.
         Yes it will threaten thousands of jobs in the fishing industries and in tourism, not to mention the proposed site is on an ancient burial site of the Lummi tribe and an aquatic reserve.
        There is also the fact that that coal from which he is to make so much profit is subsidized by the taxpayers, just like all the needed rail upgrades will have 95% of the costs for his railroad solely the responsibility of taxpayers.

        So much more to say ,but the simple fact is why does he need more money and what sense does it make to destroy the very world on which HE lives?

        without the ants the rainforest dies

        by aliasalias on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 01:15:06 PM PST

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      •  ok, (0+ / 0-)

        You convinced me.  Thanks.

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