The Giving Pledge

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boomerang

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http://givingpledge.org/#enter

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DIRECTORY

Paul G. Allen
Laura and John Arnold
Michael R. Bloomberg
Eli and Edythe Broad
Warren Buffett
Michele Chan and Patrick Soon-Shiong
Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg
Ann and John Doerr
Larry Ellison
Bill and Melinda Gates

Barron Hilton
Jon and Karen Huntsman
Joan and Irwin Jacobs
George B. Kaiser
Elaine and Ken Langone
Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest
Lorry I. Lokey
George Lucas
Alfred E. Mann
Bernie and Billi Marcus

Thomas S. Monaghan
Tashia and John Morgridge
Pierre and Pam Omidyar
Bernard and Barbro Osher
Ronald O. Perelman
Peter G. Peterson
T. Boone Pickens
Julian H. Robertson, Jr.
David Rockefeller
David M. Rubenstein

Herb and Marion Sandler
Vicki and Roger Sant
Walter Scott, Jr.
Jim and Marilyn Simons
Jeff Skoll
Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor
Jim and Virginia Stowers
Ted Turner
Sanford and Joan Weill
Shelby White

What are everyone's thoughts on these filthy capitalists making a pledge like this? Wouldn't we be better off with a system that does not allow people to accumulate this much wealth? What of those who don't willingly join this group? Should we confiscate their assets for the greater good?

Someone recently said, "I do think at a certain point you've made enough money." So, would society as a whole be better off if the unbridled capitalism behind the fortunes of most of these folks was curtailed? For the betterment of society of course.
 

LegendKiller

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Yeah, those "evil capitalists". Without them people wouldn't have jobs as they wouldn't have any motivation to build things.

I know you miss the collective, why don't you take your fucking time machine back to 1965 and be a collective farmer in the Soviet Union.

Better yet, if you think capitalism is so evil, we can just ship you to China or Cuba to be a factory worker making .40/wk. I'm sure you'll just love helping your "comrades" out.
 

Tristicus

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Yeah, those "evil capitalists". Without them people wouldn't have jobs as they wouldn't have any motivation to build things.

I know you miss the collective, why don't you take your fucking time machine back to 1965 and be a collective farmer in the Soviet Union.

Better yet, if you think capitalism is so evil, we can just ship you to China or Cuba to be a factory worker making .40/wk. I'm sure you'll just love helping your "comrades" out.

Sarcasm alert.
 

boomerang

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Yeah, those "evil capitalists". Without them people wouldn't have jobs as they wouldn't have any motivation to build things.

I know you miss the collective, why don't you take your fucking time machine back to 1965 and be a collective farmer in the Soviet Union.

Better yet, if you think capitalism is so evil, we can just ship you to China or Cuba to be a factory worker making .40/wk. I'm sure you'll just love helping your "comrades" out.
Hey, ah...I guess you're not familiar with my leanings. :D
 

CPA

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Good for them, they are voluntarily giving some of their wealth to charities.

While I don't necessary agree with their premise "for the betterment of society" at least the government isn't forcing them to hand it over.
 

spittledip

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I guess the problem with relying totally on people giving money is that there is no assurance that all those who need will actually get the assistance they need.
 

Zorkorist

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Good for them, they are voluntarily giving some of their wealth to charities.

While I don't necessary agree with their premise "for the betterment of society" at least the government isn't forcing them to hand it over.
The person they give it to has to pay gift tax.

The Government is going to be alll along with this ride, sucking every ounce they can from the rich person.

-John
 

CycloWizard

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I guess the problem with relying totally on people giving money is that there is no assurance that all those who need will actually get the assistance they need.
No one can ever have everything they need - need is a part of the human condition.
 

Zorkorist

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In general, people do get what they need. They just don't get what they want.

The Rolling Stones.
 
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