back to article I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space

Poor, poor Jeff Bezos. The Amazon chief executive has complained he has so much money, the only thing he can think to blow it on is his Blue Origin space tourism project. Bezos was in Germany last month to pick up the Axel Springer Award for being such an innovative person, and gave an extensive interview to the German …

My heart is warmed by the anti socialist content in these comments. My faith in humanity, if only slightly, restored.

Socialism is evil.

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If he can get a colony established on Mars...

I'm sure he's already planning to send all the homeless there. <sarc>Just think, he'd be giving them a whole planet!</sarc>

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What he neglected to mention was that German workers are paid so well because they held multiple strikes to force Amazon to actually pay a decent wage, and were supported by strong national employment laws that allowed them to do so.

I've highlighted the important bit.

Asking most people to give up money (be they rich or not) is often a dead end. Society as a whole has to agree.

Mind you, how you effect this change when many of the rich are also in power is beyond me.

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Hard to blame Bezos for being rich and paying little tax and low employee wages. Sounds like a government problem to me. Simply compare Germany and the USA, and you'll see the reason why!

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Right said Jeff

Jeff Bezos as Richard Fairbrass...

I've got way too much cash

I've got way too much cash

I've got way too much cash

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A living wage...

Look, no disrespect to Mr. Bezos--because he ran his company well and should be rewarded for those efforts, but he certainly doesn't deserve what he got.

The human brain simply cannot wrap itself around numbers as big as his bank account. If he liquidated all his asset, he could literally afford to pay everyone in the world $15, and still have more money than Elon Musk and George Lucas combined!

People who that think if their household makes more than a $250k a year, that they're actually part of the 1% are so naive that it's precious. Those folks in that pay bracket are doing well, sure--but they aren't even close to being in the three comma club.

There are 2,200 members of the three comma club, and you've never heard of most of them:

https://www.forbes.com/billionaires/list/49/#version:realtime

To give some perspective, the median income in the world is somewhere under $10,000 and everyone on that list is worth at least 100,000x that.

Hell, even millionaires are still considered part of the middle class in the United States!

Seriously, wake up folks--get over yourselves and you measly 6 figure salaries! These people do not care about you and they never will! Stop voting for their best interests, and start worrying about your own!

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The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists

I recommend the above work by Robert Tressell

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Bezos innnnn spaaaaaaaaaaace

For the really old among you (alright among us)

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Entrepreneurship Hizaah

Since I had read Heinlein's 'Man who sold the Moon' I've been the type that believed that it would take a similar entrepreneur to get man looking and going outward. The funds spent in development of his project are spent on the ground to people that had practiced delayed gratification in LEARNING. And as far as Seattle's homeless problem the more that has been done to shelter and more that appear. The US has a active underground news service that offer advice on where and how to beat the system. Seattle nor any where else will never under a free culture not have homeless because some people do not want to follow shelter rules. Mandated internal personal passports with compulsory assigned housing with job movement only by official permission and the problem will go away. Oh wait! I think that was done and the participants didn't like it. TANSTAAFL

In the Monty Python collection there is a line about the effects of wealth distribution as the Uppers are in rags and the proles have the finery. I am of the opinion that anyone who will pay $2.50 for a cup of coffee has more disposable income than necessary and some should be transferred to me so that i can get a Cayenne though if I want to avoid snow I'll go with a Maybach - tis fair 'cause I aint got the bucks to spend on high test coffee.

A problem with taxes that the guy with few a million or two can afford and really must have an accountant and tax lawyer to complete the forms. The guy with a few thousand cannot afford the high priced labor to complete the taxes and as a consequence is unable to find and use the various tax deductions.

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