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Will you make a pledge to give away all the income you make over the national median in your country/state/or province?

I am not saying this is the right thing to do, so please no hate mail. But if anyone would like to make a pledge to give away all their salary above the national median in their country/state/ or province, feel free to do so here. You can give away the money to a worthy charity or a neighbor, it does not matter. This was inspired by the President of Uruguay, known jokingly as the poorest president in the world (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-20334136). He does this. I was hoping atleast ten people could pledge to do this, and we could stay in touch over the next couple years, sharing how it has changed our life. In years we make less than the national median, we can pledge to give 10 percent. Thanks for reading.


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  • Jan 8 2013: sounds like the definition of a drop in the ocean to me, and it also enables the greedy to keep hanging onto their greed. say i make $100 over, that $100 i give to my neighbour who's getting minimum wage because his boss wants his company to be as profitable as possible; net result is i'm giving my money to some rich guy who feels no obligation to reward his hard-working employees with honest pay.

    i have a counter idea. most people are familiar with benjamin franklin, but i think not so many are familiar with his story. by his 40s he had become very rich from his printing business, and he realised he was getting enough income that he could live very comfortably without even working. he decided to retire and worked on his inventions, none of which he patented, so the people who had made him so rich (the general public) could also benefit and have their lives improved. all the rich are free to make this choice however only a handful feel any obligation to give back to the world that has given them so much and allow others to rise as well, so i suggest we tax all income over 100x the national average at 100%. perfect capitalism! you have an incentive to work hard and be rich, but you can't have so much that there's none left for other hard workers.

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