University of Michigan 2010 Commencement Speech by Barack Obama

“When we don’t pay close attention to the decisions made by our leaders, when we fail to educate ourselves about the major issues of the day, when we choose not to make our voices and opinions heard, that’s when democracy breaks down.  That’s when power is abused.  That’s when the most extreme voices in our society fill the void that we leave.  That’s when powerful interests and their lobbyists are most able to buy access and influence in the corridors of power –- because none of us are there to speak up and stop them. “

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” John Wooden
“A group of 51 German millionaires and billionaires founded a Club of the Wealthy and wrote to Chancellor Angela Merkel proposing to give up 10 percent of their income in the form of a “Rich Tax” for 10 years to consolidate the budget.”

Blog: German Millionaires Volunteer to Pay ‘Rich Tax’ - CNBC (via bhoggard) (via cmonstah)

I have seen too many movies with evil rich German supervillains to not know that this has to be a trap of some kind. Don’t fall for it, Angela!

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