Yeah, this has been empirically proven.
I'm sure there are exceptions to this data--specifically, the liberal-progressive readers of this blog. I'm sure they're very generous with their money.
But this isn't just true empirically, there's also anecdotal evidence very close to home, as it were, in the person of Joe Biden.
Joe pays practically nothing in charity. Just read Byron York:
In nine out of the ten years for which tax returns were released, the Bidens gave less than $400 to charity; in the tenth year, 2007, when Biden was running for president, they gave $995 out of an adjusted gross income of $319,853.And these guys, Joe & Barack, have the gall to call Americans who want to pay fewer taxes, "selfish."
As reader Branden B. points out, this latest "progressive critique of the capitalist system" is, well, pure socialism.
It's worse than I thought. He isn't a liberal with socialist tendencies. He is the "socialism" Wikipedia entry himself.Give your money to Barack & Joe and they will spread it around "fairly" and "equally," as they see fit.
Another reader, reminds me of some great literature. Their comments in full:
Jake, interestingly enough after sending you that article I went into the library and picked up my old copy of Ayn Rand's "The Virtue of Selfishness" and this is the first thing I read which I highlighted 5 years ago:(emphasis in original)
"Socialism is not a movement of the people. It is a movement of the intellectuals, originated, led and controlled by the intellectuals, carried by them out of their stuffy ivory towers into those bloody fields of practice where they unite with their allies and executors: the thugs."
Who would you categorize as the two separate and distinct demographic groups that are voting (read fanatical) for Obama?
Let me continue with Ms. Rand and you will see an errily similar motive and comparison with one of our presidential candidates......
"What, then, is the motive of such intellectuals? Power-lust. Power-lust--as a manifestation of helplessness, of self-loathing and of the desire for the unearned. The desire for the unearned has two aspects: the unearned in matter and the unearned in spirit. These two aspects are necessarily inter-related, but a man's desire may be focused predominantly on one or the other. The desire for the unearned in spirit is the more destructive for the two and the more corrupt. It is a desire for unearned greatness; it is expressed (but not defined) by the foggy murk of the term "prestige."
Compare and contrast the earned greatness of a man like John McCain v the unearned prestige of Obama.
Can we make it more plain than that?
Obama bribes the poor with the rich's money, using the "intellectuals" in the ivory tower for legitimacy (believe me, I see it every day) and the thugs in the street to try to get himself elected.
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