clark bailey wrote:
upallnight wrote:Here's the biggest names that I have found through Google. Notice the absence of American names?
1. Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson
2. Argentinian President Mauricio Macri
3. Russian President Vladimir Putin
4. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
5. The late father of British Prime Minister David Cameron
6. Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz
7. The Spanish Royal Family
8. The brother-in-law of Chinese President Xi Jinping
9. Cousins of Syrian President Bashar Assad
10. Former Iraqi Vice President and Prime Minister Ayad Allawi
11. United Arab Emirates President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
That's because its mostly bull shit in my opinion.
No. It's not bullshit. Though releasing this extremely limited and partial list of globe tax evaders is.
It's doesn't scratch the surface on the avenues avaialble to top 5% of the world's most wealthy, to protect and grow their wealth. You know....the ones that control 95% of the wealth in the world. Now you may think from all my post that I resent the wealthy. I've been accused of such.
If you think so, then you ignore that in comparison to two thirds (that's more than 4.5 billion people), I would be thought of as wealthy. So...if you belong to the 1/3 class of people that have something besides a day to look forward to, that food & shelter isn't the most pressing issue, lucky you. Because I object to a distribution of natural resources that exclude two thirds of humanity from the security of food and shelter, does not mean I object to wealth.
I object to the unequal distribution of God given natural resources that do not provide for all of God's human creation. Simply put, there's no reason in this age of enlightenment for ANYONE, without respect to race, religion, creed, gender or age, should be apologizing and making excuses for the 5% of the human population that control the unequal distribution of our God given natural resources. We should not be making excuses for the sinful greed that drives people to act exclusively in their own self interest, and avoid responsibilty to those that help them to acquire and grow that wealth.
Just because a person happens to be born in a country absent from pandemic illnesses, food shortages and ravages of natural elements, doesn't give them the right to believe they are anymore precious to God than another born in a country where these things are prevalent.
In fact if one professes Christianity, they would understand the circumstance they are born into creates an opportunity to practice the foundations of Jesus’ teaching. To love one another as Jesus loves us. To lay our treasures in heaven, not on earth, and to be our brothers keeper. Jesus' words are for both the 'haves' and 'the have nots'. Believers in Christ teachings, know whatever they possess does not belong to them. They know they are stewards of these possesions for a short period. And that the talents given them, they must multiply to benefit not only themselves, but those that will share and profit from the multiplied talents to give glory to God, the giver of all things good.
This is why Jesus said :
And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. (Matthew 19:24).
When Jesus spoke these words, the walls that surrounded cities had entrances analogous to 'eyes' of a needle that thread passed through, stitching fabric together. Their city walls, the needle with the eye.
When wealthy merchants entered the cities with their camels ladden with riches, the riches had to be separated from the them, so the camel could easily pass through the 'eye'. Jesus was acknowledging the difficulty for a camel to pass through the entrance ladden with riches. The camel belonging to it's owner did not have difficulty passing through the eye, unless it belonged to the rich man that kept his camel ladden with his riches.
None, no not even one, gets out of here alive. Not one of us will get to take even a drop of water with us. Why then, must we dedicate our lives to more than we need to fulfill our purpose, laid out in Christ teachings?
Material wealth in the wrong hands does not edify God's creation, it seeks to destroy it. Even in the right hands it's at best burdensome.
No, I don't resent wealth. Having it brings the awesome and terrible responsibility to make good of it.