That the government lies to us is taken for granted in the crowd that reads the drivel that I write. I cannot imagine anyone who is incapable of listing ten to twenty government lies while continuing to read this screed.
I do not doubt that the same can be said for the corporations. But, we must be honest here, there are corporations out there who have proven themselves worthy of our trust. Another exercise, list three (at a minimum). But what I keep finding is that they are not usually national-level companies, and to be honest, I was incapable of thinking of a single trans-national that has proven itself worthy of trust. If someone could remind me of one, I would be very grateful.
The real problem for me is at the level of rich individuals. There are friends and family in that group. People who have done well by others. My real problem with them is that they are the folks supporting the evil. A rich person without defense stocks? A rich person standing up to upbraid a crooked CEO of a bank? No, what usually happens is that the rich take their profits as shareholders and really do not consider the evil that their money does when it is out of sight in their bank accounts.
So, getting back to the tax issues, and taking this rant into consideration, the reason that I tend to be angry at the rich is that they have used their money to feed the corrupt and dangerous system that we developed here in the US. Their retirement to golfing and crafting heaven depend on the continued and expanded corruption of the system.
I will be given sterling examples of where this is not true, but they will be sparse, and the rich spoken of will really not be all that rich.
So, if a person makes and or keeps his fortune:
- in a corrupt system that is based on the accumulation of wealth at the expense of those of poor or moderate means
- Is predicated on the continuing centralization and empowerment of a corporate oligarchy
- Who does not use his ownership share of corporations to try to curtail their immoral and rapacious behaviors.