But that's exactly what they want. Talk about parasites. They'll suck all the wealth out of the public interest that they can, until we become quasi feudal. As many developing countries as I have been to, we're starting to look just like them. The SAPs and govt corruption has sucked them all dry, and entire buildings remain vacant.
When I was in Thailand last (late 90s), Mahboonkrong center, a huge shopping complex, had lights on on only the first few floors (it's like 8 stories high). The escalators were all turned off to save on electricity. It was sad and depressing- so desolate. Their economy was hurting pretty badly then. This is what the US is beginning to look like.
(although from recent photos, looks like they've been more prosperous since.)
They want a servant class. A caste system. I'm convinced.
As long as they have theirs, screw everyone else. Sadly, they don't understand John Donne's famous and entirely prescient poem:
No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.
Posted By: willywonka4u ...that paying taxes actually matters? Property taxes is what funds local communities. It funds police, fire fighters, it keep libraries and public schools open, it's the admission fee for living in a civilized community.
This is what it looks like when entire civilizations begin to collapse.