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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

It is so helpful when pretense is stripped away.

"I'm not an enthusiast for dynastic wealth when there are six billion people who have much poorer lives."

-- Warren Buffett, who is against repealing the estate tax, commenting upon the estimated $44 billion donation of his fortune to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Boston Globe 6/27/06)

The redistribution of wealth. That is the heart of Communism. Perhaps the Snark can improve upon this.

Via The Foundation Center.

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13 Comments:

Anonymous Brett said...




Um, wow. And what do you see when "pretense is stripped away"? That Warren Buffet is a closet Communist because he wants to give his money to the poor? Voluntary redistribution of wealth is not "commie" (although it does happen to be rather Christian). Ease up, girlfriday.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

 
Blogger girlfriday said...




In this particular quote he is opposing the repeal of the estate tax. Are taxes voluntary?

And there's nothing closet about it.

Warren Buffet can give every red cent away and bully to him. Maybe even the estate tax is a good idea. I can't say with certainty. But it's a form of Communism.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

 
Anonymous Brett said...




All taxes redistribute wealth. Even a flat tax would redistribute wealth. Is this all a “form of Communism?” I feel like we just time-warped back into a particularly scary McCarthy hearing. Just don’t see the basis for such an extreme, pejorative (and incredibly ironic) characterization of the most famous capitalist this side of Gordon Gekko - especially one who is giving 44 billion dollars away.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

 
Blogger girlfriday said...




girlfriday is a modern-day McCarthy! (Did you know that nobody actually reads this blog?)

Do I understand you correctly that you don't believe involuntary redistribution of wealth is a kind of Communism?

Thursday, July 06, 2006

 
Anonymous Brett said...




Well, you've gone from "heart" of Communism to "form" of Communism to "kind" of Communism, so I sense you're backing off at least a little, which is good. :)

And no, I don't think all involuntary redistribution of wealth (i.e., taxes) should be characterized as Communist. Communism is so different in degree that it is simply different in kind to any kind of taxation we see in America.

Hence my point that equating Warren Buffet's support for the estate tax with "Communism" is an unhelpful and misleading characterization, because that bogey-man label has a connotation that cannot fairly describe its supporters.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

 
Blogger ihearttexas said...




I don't think Brett should be allowed to comment until blognostic.com is renewed.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

 
Anonymous Brett said...




I know, I know. We suck. We're getting it straightened out.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

 
Blogger Lois E. Lane said...




And I don't think texas should be able to comment here again until she comments on MY blog...

Thursday, July 06, 2006

 
Blogger Lois E. Lane said...




Um ... I'm feeling a little sheepish. It appears you already commented. My bad!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

 
Blogger girlfriday said...




Unhelpful? Did I tell you that no one reads this blog?

Thursday, July 06, 2006

 
Blogger girlfriday said...




Form, kind, heart, soul, body. Whatever.

Paying for roads or the military is one thing. The estate tax is something else. I think you need to re-read the original post, B.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

 
Anonymous Brett said...




Um, you don't think money from the estate tax pays for roads and the military?

Of course, maybe "the liberals" earmark it for the sole use of the underground Communist Party secretly planning to take over the United States and appoint Warren Buffet as premier.

Friday, July 07, 2006

 
Blogger girlfriday said...




That's what I think they do. I know black helicopters are involved.

When's that website going to be back up?

Friday, July 07, 2006

 

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