Getting the mix right

I didn’t know whether to run or walk..decided to walk as the marathon I am preparing for will be a walking marathon. So, I did the 8.2 mile “mausoleum, prospect and Gateway with goose loop” course in 2:07; it felt fine but I became distracted and lazy toward the end.

Weight: 188. That is good, but I should be lighter.

Issue: well, what will billionaires get out of supporting Trump; it isn’t as if them paying more taxes will affect their lifestyle:

It’s true that Trump (breaking all his campaign promises) has indeed cut taxes on the wealthy, and will surely cut them further if re-elected. By contrast, whoever the Democrats nominate is likely to raise those taxes if she or he wins the general election, perhaps substantially.

But let’s get real. If you’re a billionaire, you don’t need the extra money. At that level, purchasing power has nothing to do with the quality of life; having a 45,000-square-foot house instead of just 40,000, or flying to one of your multiple other residences in a bigger private jet, won’t make you significantly happier. […]

But it has also been clear since the Obama years that a fair number of the superrich aren’t satisfied with being immensely wealthy; they also want adulation. They expect to be praised as heroic job creators and are enraged at any suggestion that some of their number may have behaved badly, let alone that they may have benefited from a rigged system.

Hence the hatred for even reasonable, pro-market progressives like, say, Elizabeth Warren. It’s not just that these progressives might make billionaires a bit poorer, but that they make them feel small.

Ah, emotion. That might be what is driving things, including the white nationalists. And, why are some so hesitant to condemn the white nationalists?

My guess: if you honestly believe that your lot in life..while it depends, in part, on things like luck and chance, depends MOSTLY about your own agency, then you might get tired of being told that “group X” (not your group) needs help and that you ought to willingly fork over your money to help them. No one likes a mooch in their personal life, and groups that appear to be moochers are not going to be popular.

Note I said “appear to be” because when it comes to ICE raids..where do these occur? Answer: often in factories and work places! That would NOT be where you’d find lazy people.

Author: oldgote

I enjoy politics, reading, science, running, walking, (racewalking and ultrawalking) hiking, swimming, yoga, weight lifting, cycling and reading. I also follow football (college and pro), basketball (men and women) and baseball (minor league and college)

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