5 things the rich don't talk about

In an age when nothing seems off limits, the rich still tread lightly around these potentially tender topics.

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Mar 19, 2014 10:26PM
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Other things they don't talk about:

1. How they control the public school systems and what is taught to children in these schools.

2 and 3. How they have poisoned the food system for the bulk of Americans with cancerous, obesity inducing, toxic, diabetes causing and addicting ingredients which feeds a heath and pharmaceutical industry that no longer researches cures, but drugs that treat the symptoms of these diseases only. A cured patient is no longer a paying customer.

4. How they've manipulated the government to lower taxes on the wealthy, lower import taxes so they can ship jobs overseas and bring in these cheaply made products they produce overseas and sell them at the same premium prices they used to sell for when made in America.

5. How they actually control the government and use it for the benefit of their businesses, use tax dollars for their own private tax-free loans if not just take it without ever paying the money back and how their pawns make cuts to every program for the poor to ensure this steady cash flow to the wealthy continues. 

Mar 19, 2014 10:06PM
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Mostly what the rich don't talk about is the poor.
Mar 20, 2014 12:51AM
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The rich don't talk about how the average American can't even conceive of how rich the rich really are. Like for instance how the very rich collect more in one hour than a working person earns for an entire year of labor, without working at all.
Mar 20, 2014 9:56AM
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Guess what the poor don't talk about: How they produce multiple offspring they know they can't properly feed or care for, so YOU and I will get stuck with the bill of supporting them, their food, their education, their clothing, their housing, and their eventual incarceration.
Mar 22, 2014 7:10AM
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I don't consider myself rich, my parents and grand parents certainly were not. Yet they were the ones who taught me that some issues are never discussed in public, you have named all of them. Instead of worrying about who is a 1% or 3% or 5% society and the people living in it should concentrate on developing some courtesy, minding their own business and refraining from discussing personal issues, problems, and business in public.
Mar 20, 2014 8:01AM
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They never say they bought a powerball ticket.
Mar 20, 2014 1:09PM
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Taxes on wages (in any form – flat or progressive) are the greatest evil of our American Republic. When government is free to steal from you, there are no limits to waste and abuse in government. If a person chooses to work extra hours or two jobs in order to better provide for themselves or their family, they should not be penalized, but that is what happens. The more you make by working harder and longer, the more money is stolen from you, and given to those who spend their lives living off the hard work of others.

The revenue the government needs to provide legitimate constitutional services should be obtained primarily from a national sales tax instead of a tax on wages. All would pay based on consumption, the more you spend the more you pay. The more luxury you surround yourself with, the more you pay. Your choice. A national sales tax system would capture money spent by criminals and by illegal aliens who currently pay near zero in taxes. There would of course need to be exemptions: Cars (already have a federal excise tax) Primary Residence/Rental Properties (vacation homes would be subject to tax/rental profit would be taxed) Fresh Food (Preprocessed foods and prepared meals would be taxed – only fresh/fresh frozen/canned goods would be exempt) Insurance Premiums, Health Care & Certified Education.

Adding another layer of tax to a business would not be fair. Businesses would need to be compensated by keeping a portion of the tax to cover the expense of collection and reporting. A percentage of .20 to .05 would be fair.

Mar 19, 2014 11:13PM
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Read the Essays for the 99%-The Collection-Class Warfare. Remember that without the people, there is no country.  Take it back before they are selling you air that is safe to breathe. Laughing at that thought? So did your parents at the thought that one day we would pay for the water we drink, yet here we are. 
Mar 20, 2014 1:14AM
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The rich don't talk about how damaging peace is to their bank accounts, and how they are always angling for the next war, and the profiteering opportunities it brings. After all, their children remain safely in Harvard and Yale when the sons and daughters of working people are forced by a low wage job market to become working class cannon fodder, warm bodies to be offered in sacrifice to the God of the almighty dollar, and nothing more.
Mar 20, 2014 12:30AM
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Congress is off again on another 10 day Vacation. They come back on the 24th to sleep. Call your Congressman to complain, it is your monies they are wasting.  The CLOWN CIRCUS is back March 24th,  John Boehner ring master, Cantor, Chief CLOWN.  Three Ring JOKE!!!***
Mar 20, 2014 8:52AM
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WOW! -- this one is all over the board both in comments and replies. Try the other way around: If you became rich for what ever reason... what would you tell people?  Would your opinion change in politics, the poor, union -vs- management, or the multitude of other opinions people are writing in about.  Or would you turn your back on all the complaints about the have and have not and live your life to the fullest simple because you can and you have no problems in life.
Mar 20, 2014 9:18AM
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Since I don't know any rich folks, I'm sure they don't talk about these things because they don't need to. They may have all the material things money can buy and power to go with it. But, does it buy real happiness deep inside? Maybe for a while. But, there is one thing that is for sure, they won't be taking any of it with them after they're gone. But, their kids or hungry relatives sure will. Life is much too short. Do the things that matter most and leave a good legacy behind, because it will all be gone sooner than you think.
Mar 20, 2014 7:50AM
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Wow, lot's of jealously on this post.  I guess if you keep complaining about the rich, you'll be rich too.  Maybe your efforts would be better spent working on yourselves and your community, money isn't everything you know.
Mar 20, 2014 12:43AM
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The rich don't talk about how amazed they are that we allow them to get away with paying far lower effective tax rates than working class people, it just blows their mind that we could be that stupid!
Mar 20, 2014 10:56AM
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And they will not tell you, they are going to replace all of us with robots at work.
Mar 20, 2014 9:48AM
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"...despite the fact that high-net-worth individuals are typically likely to be society's primary wealth and job creators and major tax contributors."

You fricking got that right.  45% of my earnings last year went to taxes.
Mar 20, 2014 8:37AM
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How did the writer get this info if the rich don,t talk about it.     Did he ask  "hey you want to talk about sex "  and the rich guy or gal say "no ''
Mar 19, 2014 11:37PM
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If you believe this load of crap, then I've got some wonderful beach-front property in Montana I'm selling...
Mar 19, 2014 9:03PM
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Having ruled out 1-5 does not leave the 1% with much to talk about that would be intelligible to the 99%.  As much as they would love to discuss Etruscan art, dynasty by-pass trusts, and world's greatest hedge fund managers the rich are too polite to do that. 
Mar 22, 2014 8:10AM
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Where's the story about the poor? I'm no supporter of the rich, but I do think it's curious how the media is constantly attacking and vilifying wealthy people as if they are evil incarnate. The very reason that people want to come to this country is because of the opportunity it affords everyone.

A simple fact is that many people are poor because they continue to have child after child after child that they cannot afford. It's simple mathematics really.

I went to college and paid for it myself by working full time throughout my four years because I realized that I needed an education, not welfare, to get ahead in life.
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