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@Mikemh and I quote: "I will NOT sit there and insist that this is MY money and THOSE people must not have worked HARD enough to deserve success."
and I quote again: "...everyone has the opportunity to get that lucky if they work hard."
so which is it? Do people get rich because they are lucky or because they work hard? I don't know about you but I'll take my chances with the "working really hard" route and see how it turns out for me. I think that'd be better than sitting around hoping I get lucky.
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@KenG I didn't mean to imply that all government programs were inherently wrong or evil, so forgive me if that was what you took from my post. My qualm is simply with the idea that people who are wildly successful owe MORE to the government than people who simply "make a living" their entire lives because they took advantage of government provided services. Deciding that people who are more successful should have more taken from them and given to people who were not successful (either due to laziness or failure to execute well in their market) is a very dangerous idea.
I would like to point out that you are correct, the internet started a government project.. a government defense project to be exact. You know, from that ridiculously extravagant budget that doesn't yield direct benefits to taxpayers like you and I. The same outrageous defense budget that also brought you Interstate highways, GPS, and the tech behind all the sweet 3D maps we'll be using on our phones soon. They should totally cut that. Worthless to taxpayers.
I believe that @DonDodge said it better than I can with his post, so I'd encourage you to read there to really get the intent behind my post.
Where things get offensive for me is that because I've used government utilities or public education, the government believes it then has a right to lay ownership to all I achieve in my success (high taxes to fund crazy government programs) when in fact I brought a lot to the table on my own that some others simply don't have (desire to learn, discipline for self-improvement, good execution to compliment my good ideas, etc)
If you read the transcript of his entire speech, which I recommend, you will see there are references to the idea that the successful people are stepping on the working class, and that the working class has made the money FOR the wealthy and because of this the wealthy classes owe the poorer classes all they own (despite the working class -to which I belong- already being paid a wage they agreed to be paid). It's an incredibly dangerous and anti-business mindset that wouldn't be out of place in a Karl Marx speech.
We strive in America to provide equal opportunity as a value, and I support that. Trying to provide equal outcomes is an entirely different story, a pipe dream, and communistic.
I agree with this, better to keep silent on the project until it is user-ready. Also, the project is called Google Glass is it not? (you have it posted as google goggles)
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