How can you assume that they don't give to charity because of what's in their hearts?
The point is what have they done to indicate that they even want to give more to government, Bush_Wacker. And, the point is that giving to charity caters more to that 'elite accolades' prospect (over the 'any man' character) that Art claimed to not understand. Are they doing it 'out of their heart'--or 'more for show' in line with their 'elite status'?
You are saying that they are only giving to charity in order to reduce their tax burden.
Giving to charity legally reduces their tax burden. So, again, why are they claiming they want to be taxed more?
If 2 millionaires pay 100% tax on their income and 10,000 millionaires pay 15% tax on their income then the 2 millionaires don't accomplish much of anything. They want 10,002 millionaires to pay 30% tax on their income then they can accomplish several things.
Well, that's the point. If they actually don't want to pay the taxes they could pay now, how do you know that they mean anything they say about 'wanting' to pay more taxes at all?
There was a time when many of the super wealthy felt a sense of shame in accumulating so much wealth while others around them were scrounging garbage cans for food.
Well, apparently that's not this time--not even with the 'liberal rich'. That was my point--it takes a certain, and, perhaps, extraordinary, quality of greed to gain so much more wealth than those around you--whether you claim to be 'conservative' or 'liberal'.....
I could be totally wrong here but I believe that there are still a few people around with that same sense.
To give 'for the benefit of mankind'--or to 'enhance their own elite status and praise to, and for, themselves' ('elite accolades' character or 'any man' character?)? While I (nor anyone) can actually get into 'the heart' of another (that's why I must eventually resort to an 'integrity binder' to have a rational basis for any of this), I do think that when it comes to these 'liberal rich' claiming that they want to 'pay more taxes', their actions speak louder than their words--and their actions indicate that that is not what they are doing....they could do it anytime they want without being forced to do it--and, when already required by law to pay a certain amount, they use the loopholes offered to them to avoid that--just like the 'conservative rich'.....thus, again, their claim on 'wanting to pay more taxes' appears disingenuous and hypocritical when comparing what they say to what they do.....