In response to skeeter20s comment:
This is the difference between the left an dthe right. The right celebrates the person who makes that money, and knows that it is put to better use by the owner.
The left thinks being successful is a crime, and the money needs to be confiscated, because government can do a better with the money than the person who earned it.
This is a gross generalization (untrue), like most of the opinionated swill you dish up here, but let us break it down a bit:
Are you saying that anything a private individual does with their money is better than paying some to the govt?
Just anecdotally, I can think of many, many useless, inane and unnecessary things people spend their money on....even just the people who earned their money the honest way and not by scrooing other people over. After all, criminals pay the least amount of taxes than anyone on what they steal and deal, while honest people pay their taxes like they're supposed to.
But not everyone is a businessperson, which means they necessarily put their trust ($$) into: a) people who are business-oriented, b) the govt, OR c) a bank. Each of these has their drawbacks, and as the financial crisis proved, many private business entities aren't always trustworthy or even ethical. Even fairly sophisticated investors can lose their shirts by way of a savvy operator.
(It should also be noted that putting money in the bank usually carries with it the federal guaranty insurance.)
"Are you saying that anything a private individual does with their money is better than paying some to the govt?"
Outside of taxes, it is none of our business, after all, it is their money, is it not?. By definition, whatever they do is better than what government would do, because again, it is their money. The government would first have to do some thing very counterproductive, and that is confiscate that private property, and then, after grabbing a handling fee, would then do something "better" with it. So, you are for the government committing a crime, and then doing something good with the proceeds. so, what separates the government form a common thief with a soft heart?
You fail to see that it is simply not the role of government to tell me what to do with my money. And, I have to stipulate after taxes, because it is impossible for you to grasp this simple concept, unless I do, or even if I do.
And all rich people got that way by scrooing people over. What a jerk. But go on promoting class warfare against the successful. It's all you got, given Obama's massive failures.