Need I point out that wealthy people actually don't take the dollars out of anyones' pocket? Wealthy people CREATE wealth. They CREATE businesses, industry, employment, opportunities. They EARN their money. Even the ones who inherit pots of money need to keep on top of it, or they lose it.
They pay truck-loads of tax (most of them), and they give money away to all kinds of charities and people without trumpeting about it (yes, Dick Smith, I'm looking at YOU).
I'm sick to death of this mean-spirited attitude toward 'rich bastards'. It smacks of envy, and it's ugly.
How about, governments need to ENCOURAGE people to earn more, to create more wealth? How about, aid agencies need to root out the corruption and waste that sees charity dollars reduced to a pittance? How about, we need to encourage and assist the seriously poor to better their own circumstances, instead of waiting around for a hand-out?
How about we stop trying to make wealthy people pay for daring to do better?