Forum Post: Entertainer's Income
Posted 11 years ago on Oct. 6, 2011, 6:29 p.m. EST by JoeBialek1
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One of the most disturbing facts about our capitalist nation is the misappropriation of funds directed to the salaries of entertainers. Everyone should agree that the value an athlete, movie star, talk-show host, team-owner, etcetera brings to the average citizen is very small. Granted, they do offer a minuscule of diversion from our daily trials and tribulations as did the jesters in the king's court during the middle ages. But to allow these entertainers to horde such great amounts of wealth at the expense of more benevolent societal programs is unacceptable. They do not provide a product or a service so why are they rewarded as such?
Our society is also subjected to the "profound wisdom" of these people because it equates wealth with influence. Perhaps a solution to this problem and a alternative to defeated school levies, crumbling infrastructures, as well as all the programs established to help feed, clothe and shelter those who cannot help themselves would be to tax this undeserved wealth. Entertainers could keep 1% of the gross earnings reaped from their endeavor and 99% could be deposited into the public coffers.
The old ideas of the redistribution of wealth have failed, and it is time to adapt to modern-day preferences. People put their money into entertainment above everything else; isn't it time to tap that wealth? Does anyone think this will reduce the quality of entertainment? It seems to me that when entertainers received less income, the quality was much higher.
The Roman Empire controlled their people with bread and circuses. Today we've got plenty of circuses, but they (the 1%) kept all the bread for themselves!
Stop fucking watching, downloading, caring. they did not get there by being on the computer all day and complaining.
I imagine this is the solution to corporations as well. If people stopped supporting the corrupt corporations, wouldn't they have to scale back/go away? Unfortunately, it's a lot harder to live a principle than it is to march around and yell slogans.