Actual paragraph from this monstrosity:
For their enormous contributions to our standard of living, the high-earners should be thanked and publicly honored. We are in their debt.And a few more:
Imagine the effect on our culture, particularly on the young, if the kind of fame and adulation bathing Lady Gaga attached to the more notable achievements of say, Warren Buffett. Or if the moral praise showered on Mother Teresa went to someone like Lloyd Blankfein, who, in guiding Goldman Sachs toward billions in profits, has done infinitely more for mankind. (Since profit is the market value of the product minus the market value of factors used, profit represents the value created.)By way of reminder, it's the dirty socialists who advocate for the wealthiest nation in the history of the planet to provide to its every citizen access to basic human necessities and a livable wage who are waging class warfare. Not these reprehensible heapshits of undiluted privilege who feel oppressed by our resistance to basking in the shimmering, golden glow of their gloriously gilded bootstraps.
Instead, we live in a culture where Goldman Sachs is smeared as "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity." That's for the sin of successful investing, channeling savings to their most productive uses, instead of wasting them on government boondoggles like Solyndra and bridges to nowhere.
There is indeed a vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity: the Internal Revenue Service. And, at a deeper level, it is the monstrous perversion of justice that makes the IRS possible: an envy-ridden moral code that damns success, profit, and earning money in voluntary exchange.
An end must be put to the inhuman practice of draining the productive to subsidize the unproductive. An end must be put to the primordial notion that one's life belongs to the tribe, to "the community," and that the superlative wealth-creators must do penance for the sin of creating value.
See also: Digby.