Being Rich Is Relative

So Bill Gates is planning to devote his life to charity. He's made his billions and now he wants to make a difference.

I say, good for him. I say good for any billionaire who wants to do some good with his money.

What troubles me are the ones who want to do it with "our" money. The ones who have some collective guilt over their wealth, so they want to tap more of our wealth.

Sometimes the danger in making a lot of money is you lose a lot of your marbles.

In your zeal to save the world, you want everyone to pick up the tab.

There's a big difference between Bill Gates, who made billions in software, and Bill Smith, who made thousands in grocery stores.

One Bill is giving away a lot of money doesn't even notice it. The other Bill is running his small business can't afford it. But since both are considered upper income, I guess we feel both should give a lot more of their income.

Says who? The billionaire who doesn't feel it or the class warfare types who just lie about it?

Rich is relative, of course, which is why I think the rich should talk to their relatives. Tell them they're getting less, because the government should get more.

Sometimes I think there should be a line on our federal tax forms that allows those who want to give more to write in more.

Look, it's good to be rich. But it's rich to think we all have to pay for you to be good.

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