At the risk of seeming to be a post hog, I do want to call to your attention a study on the effects of money and an excellent follow-up post on DailyKos by poster, James Wells.
That money is being seriously considered is, of course, a good sign. Some of us can still remember when it was a taboo subject and we now know that was to the advantage of those who have money and don’t want to let go. But, while the study suggests that money has a peculiar effect on the human brain and psyche, regardless of a person’s basic inclinations, I’m inclined to suspect that some people are primed to be affected by contact with money, or even thinking about the numbers, more than others. Or, they might even have an adverse reaction in the sense that they are flumoxed by incomprehension and therefor distracted from their normal social responses. Perhaps money is a mystery to some people, like the Holy Trinity, and so they end up fixated on accumulation by default — i.e. they don’t know what else money is good for.

Indeed, maybe accumulation becomes an obsession in some people and because, unlike acorns which have a natural limit and take up space, dollars are in infinite supply and take up no room when they’re recorded as electronic bits, the accumulation of money is potentially limitless, unless someone calls a halt. Which is what making accumulators pay taxes effectively does. It makes them relinquish some of their stash of what is actually worthless stuff.
What good are a billion dollars sitting in a bank account? If it were spent rationally, rather than gambled, how long would it take to get rid of it?
I suspect if we asked our conservative friends what they want to do with the money they accumulate to save, they would not be able to answer. Because they are missing the function key?

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