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    Does the average citizen harbor envy/jealousy, hatred for the extremely wealthy?

    There seems to be an ongoing theme set by some that generally, those who care about the greater good of society and propose that a fair share of taxes be imposed on the extremely wealthy, are actually extremely envious/jealous and harbor hatred for the extremely wealthy. Supposedly, this is the reason these humanitarians propose a fair tax on the extremely wealthy. So letís see what everyone thinks.

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    Re: Does the average citizen harbor envy/jealousy, hatred for the extremely wealthy?

    By my experience as one of those "average'' citizens, yes, many people do.
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    Re: Does the average citizen harbor envy/jealousy, hatred for the extremely wealthy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Juiposa View Post
    By my experience as one of those "average'' citizens, yes, many people do.
    If that is true .. it is very sad .. do you have any ideas why they might have such views and feelings? Do you think there is any reason in particular that could lead to these feelings? What kinds of people have you found that feel that way?
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    Re: Does the average citizen harbor envy/jealousy, hatred for the extremely wealthy?


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    Re: Does the average citizen harbor envy/jealousy, hatred for the extremely wealthy?

    Sure people do.
    but i thinking raising their taxes still wont make the rich "suffer", and bring them down to the "terrible conditions" of us (the average citizen).


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    Re: Does the average citizen harbor envy/jealousy, hatred for the extremely wealthy?

    Hatred certainly not

    Envy most likely

    Would I like to have the wealth of Larry Ellison, the number of homes, ships, planes that he does? Certainly. Do I feel he should not have it? No, but can he afford to pay a higher % of his income in ensuring the smooth running of the country that helped enable his ability to gain that wealth, that ensures his wealth is protected, that pays for the legal system that helps prevent others from stealing the Oracle operating system and using it without paying Oracle for that use, then say a person working as a janitor at one of Oracles building, sure
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    Re: Does the average citizen harbor envy/jealousy, hatred for the extremely wealthy?

    Since I am WELL above average, I cannot participate in this poll. Sorry.

    But if I WERE average, I would answer no.
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    Re: Does the average citizen harbor envy/jealousy, hatred for the extremely wealthy?

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    Re: Does the average citizen harbor envy/jealousy, hatred for the extremely wealthy?

    I'm envious of the rich, I want a Lamborghini Aventador dammit!

    There is a certain amount of envy, but not much beyond "imagine all the useless **** I could buy", and certainly not to the degree some posters on here imagine it.
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    Re: Does the average citizen harbor envy/jealousy, hatred for the extremely wealthy?

    I was just accused of this very thing by a far-right poster because of my position regarding the growing wealth disparity in the US.

    The thing is I do not hate, or envy, the wealthy. I am very happy with my standard of living. Great wealth is not necessary to have a happy and comfortable life. But I see too many who are not so fortunate. As has been pointed out, this is the greatest disparity in wealth between the upper and lower classes since 1920 and before that in the 1880's in the days of the robber barons. In 2009, one in seven Americans lived in poverty. Unless we desire to become a third world nation, we need to rethink our regressive changes that have been made to our progressive tax system that have transferred too much much wealth to the top without job production.

    After 3 decades of trickle down economics, we need a few decades now of trickle up economics where the working class can again be consumers and grow the economy.
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