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Does anyone deserve
to have a billion dollars?

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Posted By: StormCnter, 6/19/2019 5:27:40 PM

Most Democrats see economic inequality as a problem, but they don’t always agree about how extreme wealth should be treated. This question sharpened that debate: candidates like Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar said they did not object to people amassing vast fortunes, while others, like Bernie Sanders and Kirsten Gillibrand, called it offensive.

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Or to keep it? Sounds like Obama's "You didn't build that".

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Safari Man 6/19/2019 5:39:37 PM (No. 101785)
Ok, two can play this game. I find it offensive that anyone would support dimocrats. All dimocrats, in order not to offend me, must surrender all wealth to the treasury. Its only fair... to me.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Corndoggies 6/19/2019 5:41:16 PM (No. 101787)
I hired my stepdaughter when she was 16 to do some easy office work. We were chit chatting and she mentioned she just knew she’d eventually be a billionaire. When I stopped laughing I said with a B? She looked offended as only an 16 year old girl can and I said well, why don’t we talk about being a millionaire. That’s actually doable. I suggested she read The Millionaire Next Door. Judging by the way her husband and her handle their finances, I’m betting she never read it.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Moritz55 6/19/2019 5:43:44 PM (No. 101788)
It will be interesting to see how billionaire donors respond to candidates who think there shouldn’t be billionaires.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Vesicant 6/19/2019 5:47:32 PM (No. 101789)
Why don't they ask Carlos Slim?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Ming 6/19/2019 5:48:29 PM (No. 101790)
Hey NYSlimes, maybe you should direct articles like this to your billionaire boss next time before publishing.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: jalo1951 6/19/2019 5:56:48 PM (No. 101794)
Dear dimwits: It's not your money.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: davew 6/19/2019 6:04:25 PM (No. 101797)
I believe in individual liberty and freedom and if that allows people to use their talent and energy to amass a billion dollars without intentionally harming others in the process then I'm all for it. Wealth inequality is only useful to politicians who exploit envy and resentment to get votes and amass political power. They act as parasites do feeding off the risk taking and productivity of their host and slowly draining it of life.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: BarryNo 6/19/2019 6:08:58 PM (No. 101800)
To me, who has nothing near a billion, million, or even a significant fraction, thereof, the question by itself sounds envious, covetous and unworthy. What that question really asks is, "Does anyone deserve to have a billion dollars, (if it ISN'T me..." To the left, it's always about THEM.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: PlayItAgain 6/19/2019 6:09:02 PM (No. 101801)
What we deserve are newspapers that tell us the truth. Let's discuss what we deserve and how we should go about getting it.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: jj1319 6/19/2019 6:10:40 PM (No. 101802)
"Deserve" is a funny word. I don't use it often. Just asking for trouble, if you know what I mean.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: franq 6/19/2019 6:15:57 PM (No. 101807)
Only if you're a lib. Anything the NYT "Staph" believe is of no interest to me.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: trackman999 6/19/2019 6:16:31 PM (No. 101808)
Bernie,......................... you have 3 houses..does anyone deserve 3 houses?
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Reply 13 - Posted by: bad-hair 6/19/2019 6:21:38 PM (No. 101811)
Yes Steinway & Sons. Make it 5 billion.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: MISteve 6/19/2019 6:22:11 PM (No. 101813)
Yes.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino 6/19/2019 6:27:33 PM (No. 101818)
Carlos Slim! Carlos Slim! Carlos Slim!
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Reply 16 - Posted by: SALady 6/19/2019 6:29:09 PM (No. 101820)
Why a billion? Why not a million? Or five thousand? Hey, lets just all be good Communists and take all the money away and give it to the government, who knows so much better than how to spend it than we poor peasants do!!! The NY Timewaster is officially a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Communist Party USA!!!!!
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Reply 17 - Posted by: chance_232 6/19/2019 6:45:13 PM (No. 101831)
Yes, absolutely. People who earn their money legally "deserve" it. Billionaires buy mega-yachts, which employ thousands in the yacht building industry, maintenance and crewing of said yachts. They pay huge slip fees to moor their yachts generating more income for Marinas. Marinas are built around yachts, further employing thousands to build, maintain and staff them. Billionaires build mansions employing thousands in their construction and employing artisans to decorate said homes. They purchase expensive jewelry, electronics, security, cars, planes, properties, cloths. All of which employee thousands. Billionaires rarely have billions in the bank. Instead they invest their money in stocks, provide venture capitol, invest in their own developments, donate millions or billions. Without billionaires, entire business sectors are eliminated and we are left with the Soviet Union.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: JediJerry 6/19/2019 7:12:28 PM (No. 101841)
Does anyone deserve success in business? One thing no one deserves is having to listen to garbage like this. More election season class warfare rhetoric.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: anniebc 6/19/2019 8:11:53 PM (No. 101869)
Do dems deserve any money of their own? No, they should set the example and own nothing of their own. Put up or shut up!
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Jethro bo 6/19/2019 8:41:06 PM (No. 101883)
What is th difference betweened 'deserves' and 'earns'? What is to stop Democrats from saying, 'I deserve a million, billion, trillion dollars? Does anyone deserve a billion dollars? It depends on the fascist or socialist in the Democrat party to decided. Sorry, If one earns it, then they deserve it. If anyone thinks they deserve something, then it isn't earned.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: jeffkinnh 6/19/2019 9:51:11 PM (No. 101918)
No one forces people to give a billionaire money. The billionaire produces a product that is so beneficial and pleasing to people that they willingly, even happily, surrender some of their money to purchase the product. If, for example, a person objects to Bill Gates being so rich, they could refrain from buying a computer and therefore give Bill Gates nothing. Bill Gates got rich because many, many people VOTED with their cash that Bill Gates was deserving of their money. Further, the advent of the personal computer revolutionized our society, making things possible that were not before. Vast advances in science and technology have been made and new products are available BECAUSE of the types of computers Bill Gates made. His contributions have transformed and enriched our lives. Is that worth a couple hundred billion? I would argue it was a cheap price to pay for what we got. Plus, there are lots of people who are millionaires and billionaires because they use computers to build other transformative products. We are healthier because of advances in medical technology. I think we got our money's worth. And yeah, Bill Gates DID build that and the people who are not billionaires did NOT.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: DVC 6/19/2019 10:07:18 PM (No. 101927)
It takes an evil, stupid, envious extreme leftist to even imagine that question. NYT is anti-American at it's core.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: Peeps 6/20/2019 12:08:28 AM (No. 101999)
Why would anyone post anything from the NYT, especially as ridiculous as this?
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Reply 24 - Posted by: AltaD 6/20/2019 10:29:22 AM (No. 102241)
I couldn't open this article so I'm wondering, are they asking if Jay-Z deserves to be a billionaire?
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Reply 25 - Posted by: tom7 6/20/2019 11:18:57 AM (No. 102313)
Lets see - Oprah, Beyonce, rap stars ... Nah, they don't deserve it. Take it away. And take Soros', Steyer's, Clinton's, and Bing's, etc. while you're at it.
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