So Obama tells the Ghanian Parliament: "No business wants to invest in a place where the government skims 20 percent off the top." This is brilliant satire. Did no one notice?
News item: U.S. corporate income tax--35 percent (highest in the industrialized world). Now that’s how you skim off the top, my African friends!
One of the local headlines was Obama returns to continent of his birth, not making this up.
In America, it is extremely rare that anyone directly benefits, as happens in Africa. Indirect benefit -- that's something else. As John Murtha said, "If I'm corrupt, it's because I take care of my district."
It is really is small comfort, for those who pay taxes at more than a third of their income. It is especially little comfort knowing that tax increases are on the way.
So it's a "I am a river to my people" kind of thing, is that it?
We'll see how many get the movie reference.
Seems unfair to exclude Japan from the industrialized world.
With the Internet, we know all things:
Lawrence: And Auda's pleasure is to serve the Turks.
Auda: Serve! I serve?
Lawrence: It is the servant who takes money.
Auda (rising enraged): I am Auda Abu Tayi. (Asking his men) Does Auda Abu Tayi serve?
Auda: I carry 23 great wounds, all got in battle. 75 men have I killed with my own hands in battle. I scatter, I burn my enemy's tents. I take away the flocks and herds. The Turks pay me a golden treasure yet I am poor, because I am a river to my people. (His men cheer) Is that service?
Kate got it.
Heh! Good catch, Steve.