Monday, July 23, 2012

Advice to Mitt from Socrates

As the Romneys continue to stonewall disclosures about  their wealth with boasts that Mitt need not apologize for  his soaring financial success, history has recorded sage insights from others on the richest among us.  We like these words from a fellow named Socrates:

"If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known  how he employs it.''

Dressage and car elevators?  It's merely a start.  

1 comment:

David Hess said...

Since Mitt persists in refusing to reveal how he employs his wealth by releasing his tax returns, is it unreasonable to suspect that he uses it to flaunt his riches (by building mansions by the sea with elevators for his Cadillacs) or to enhance it (by investing in offshore banks and lightly regulated financial instruments, while availing himself of "carried interest" tax breaks that enable him to pay much lower capital gains rates rather than higher earned income rates)? To be fair, one should credit him for contributing generously to Mormon institutions, presumably charities. Even those dollars are tax write-offs that could be ways of reducing his tax burden and conserving his capital, but we don't really know for sure, do we?