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April 2, 2011

“Claim”, “receive” and “get”

My latest post for WNYC is on the language used to describe how high-income people earn their money. Did I say earn? How novel.

Posted by Karol at 09:32 AM |

That expression, “giving back to the community” always gets me. Back? Did a rich guy borrowed something from the “community” that he has an obligation to return? Not more than any other member of that dubious conglomerate.
Community didn’t do him any favors – on the contrary, if he’s an owner of a business, his every breath is taxed, sometimes twice, already – and where the money go? Mostly to support various government bureaucrats; very rarely it reaches it’s declared purpose, the “community”. No wonder those bureaucrats want to divert public focus at the innocent- while getting rich (yes!) by leaching on the productive.

Posted by: Tatyana at April 4, 2011 at 10:10 am

Tatyana, look up Andrew Carnegie.

Posted by: Capt. Oilybird at April 5, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Why stop at Carnegie? You can command me to look up Kings, and Cabbage, бузину и дядьку. With the same effect.

Posted by: Tatyana at April 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Once you are content, sometimes you look to your legacy is all I’m saying. If you made your money the hard way, you know what to do to bring on the next ‘you’.
But you are right. Do it cause you want to and not because you have to.
I read somewhere recently that if you are rich and Texan, charitable donation is the norm for your social life.

Posted by: Capt. Oilybird at April 7, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Look up “philanthropist”.

There is a difference between “giving back” and “giving”.
In a word: obligation.
Which could be real, like a loan you have to return, or invented and false – like this “giving back to community” business.

Posted by: Tatyana at April 8, 2011 at 3:15 pm
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