Originally Posted by JimShaw
I am sorry! You must be having a bad day.
Oh, I dearly love being talked down to so much! ;-)
Actually, people who know me know that I'm having way too much fun. So keep those cards and letters coming!
Here's another statement you mentioned trying to make your point, "Because as Bill Gates has rather elegantly pointed out, people are dying painful deaths because other people think that money is ever disposable"
Are you trying to say because some people like to spend more than others for items "people are dying painful deaths"?
I'm saying that I question the concept of disposable income. And I admit it, I've spent a few grand on audio this year. Personal money is usually a zero sum game.
You used something Bill Gates possibly said to make a point about the wasteful spending of money. Bill Gates spent about $63 Million on his 66,000 square foot home. His home has a 60 foot long swimming pool. It also has a 2500 sq ft gym, dinning room is 1000 sq ft (more than most people's living space in this world), somewhere in his home is Leonardo da Vinci's 16th century note book which Gates purchased for $30.8 million. His garage will hold 23 cars and his speakers throught the entire home are behind wall paper so as not to be seen. I can go on and on about how much money Bill Gates spends on his stuff and you use him to support your position about how bad and wasteful it is to spend one's own money on things because it deprives others. That to me sounds communistic.
Yes, Bill Gates donates a ton of money for good but he also spends what he wants on his stuff which gives him pleasure possible just like the person who owns this room...
Here's the numbers. For tax reasons Bill Gates must give away at least 1.5 billion dollars, that is 1,500 milliion dollars every year. Actual giving is said to be more like 4 billion dollars last year. That takes my breath away! You know, a billion dollars here, a billion dollars there, pretty soon you are talking real money
It is true that a few years back over a period of about 7 years he spent $150 million on the Seattle house. And there is the new house in Japan But that was only about $21 million a year for 7 years in Seattle. He pays about a million dollars a year on property taxes, and lately he has spent a few $million a year the last years building up a buffer zone around his house to protect his privacy.
I figure that anybody who gives away $1,500 to $4,000 million
dollars a year can spend a few million here or there on whatever for themselves without making any excuses to me. ;-)
When you are actually in Bill Gates territory even just proportionately, drop me a line! ;-)