@Nantucket – Those CEOs with their salaries that you decry have to answer to a board of directors that think they are worth that much. You show a woefully small knowledge of how corporations work. And I applaud any CEO that can get the same productivity from 5 workers that he got yesterday from 6. It shows that he is focusing on the bottom line and making his company more valuable (creating wealth for his shareholders).
My wife and I started our careers with $100 (literally between us but worked hard and scrimped and saved so that we could send our kids to college without them having to incur debts. And Still I think I WAS born on third base because my parents taught me: The value of the dollar, the value of hard work, and the wisdom to choose wise investments.
I work with people who were born into poverty but lifted themselves up using the same formula: Thrift, discipline, and hard work. I don’t look down on anybody because of the amount in their bank account. But I do look down on those who claim that they didn’t get a fair shot and therefor they are entitled to use the power of the federal government to loot the wealth of others. I sneer at those that think that by virtue of being born into America that they are somehow better judges of how the Koch brothers or Bill Gates, or Paris Hilton should distribute their wealth. Whether you do it with a gun or you use the Government’s tax authority, looting is morally wrong. You aren’t entitled to the wealth created by others.
Yes people have bad breaks and I see it all the time. I still judge a person by how they rise above their misfortune. You apparently judge them by how much you can loot from them.