„The man who receives five thousand dollars a year wants six thousand dollars a year, and the man who owns eight or nine hundred thousand dollars will want a hundred thousand dollars more to make it a million, while the man who has his millions will want everything he can lay his hands on and then raise his voice against the poor devil who wants ten cents more a day.“

What Does the Working Man Want? (speech), Louisville, KY (May 1890)

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Samuel Gompers
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—  Spider Robinson Canadian author 1948

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Contexto: "It took a couple of hundred million years to develop a thinking ape and you want a smart one in a lousy few hundred thousand? That lemming drive you're talking about is there — but there's another kind of drive, another kind of force that's working against it. Or else there wouldn't still be any people and there wouldn't be the words to have this conversation and—" She paused, looked down at herself. "And I wouldn't be here to say them."

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„Maybe a thousand dollars“

—  Nancy Peters American writer and publisher 1936

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„Well, I don't even want his million dollars. I don't want his million dollars. I mean, the reason I came on is because he kept you know, my web site, yeah, yeah, and said I would never come on and face him. But I don't care about his million dollars. I mean, I don't need his million.“

—  Sylvia Browne American author 1936 - 2013

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„I'm getting ready to buy a company that makes 250 to 280 thousand dollars a year. Your new tax plan's going to tax me more, isn't it?“

—  Joe the Plumber American conservative activist and commentator 1973

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My attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody. If you’ve got a plumbing business, you’re gonna be better off [...] if you’ve got a whole bunch of customers who can afford to hire you, and right now everybody’s so pinched that business is bad for everybody and I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody. - (Full, unedited video of the conversation between Wurzelbacher and Obama) http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=1a4_1224166209
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„John McCain may pay hundreds of dollars for his shoes, but we're the ones who will pay for his flip-flops.“

—  Bill Richardson politician and governor from the United States 1947

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„I am opposing a social order in which it is possible for one man who does absolutely nothing that is useful to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, while millions of men and women who work all the days of their lives secure barely enough for a wretched existence.“

—  Eugene V. Debs American labor and political leader 1855 - 1926

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„No man should receive a dollar unless that dollar has been fairly earned.“

—  Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919

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—  José de San Martín Argentine general and independence leader 1778 - 1850

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„Hollywood's a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss, and fifty cents for your soul.“

—  Marilyn Monroe American actress, model, and singer 1926 - 1962

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