PNAS paper: Wealthy More Likely to Lie, Cheat

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    Feb 28, 2012 1:01 PM GMT
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-27/wealthier-people-more-likely-than-poorer-to-lie-or-cheat-researchers-find.html“Are society’s most noble actors found within society’s nobility?”

    That question spurred Paul Piff, a Ph.D. candidate in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, to explore whether higher social class is linked to higher ideals, he said in a telephone interview.

    The answer Piff found after conducting seven different experiments is: no. The pursuit of self-interest is a “fundamental motive among society’s elite, and the increased want associated with greater wealth and status can promote wrongdoing,” Piff and his colleagues wrote yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    The “upper class,” as defined by the study, were more likely to break the law while driving, take candy from children, lie in negotiation, cheat to increase their odds of winning a prize and endorse unethical behavior at work, the research found. The solution, Piff said, is to find a way to increase empathy among wealthier people.
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    Feb 28, 2012 1:04 PM GMT
    I just read this. Not surprising in the least.
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    Feb 28, 2012 7:46 PM GMT
    Which explains why rich Repubs desperately cling to a love of tax cuts for the rich - even though tax cuts for the rich have been proven to explode the National Debt while providing NO benefit to the economy or to the other 98-99% of Americans.
    On the contrary - tax cuts for the rich have been a DISASTER for our country and our economy.
    But the rich Repubs don't care.
    They only care about their own greedy self interest.
    They do not put "Country First".

    And now the rich Repubs are pouring MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of dollars into Repub Super PACs to try to help elect Mitt Romneycare.
    Because they cling to their love of tax cuts for the rich - no matter what the cost is to America and our economic future.
    They want those tax cuts for the rich and they want to elect Romney because Romney will give them the tax cuts for the rich that they love more than they love America.
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    Feb 29, 2012 1:02 AM GMT
    It is always fun seeing the able bodied man pull up in the Bentley and hang the blue handicapp tag so he can park on my block to use 24 hour fitness.

    Parking is 5 dollars for the Gym.
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    Feb 29, 2012 4:55 AM GMT
    musclmed saidIt is always fun seeing the able bodied man pull up in the Bentley and hang the blue handicapp tag so he can park on my block to use 24 hour fitness.

    Parking is 5 dollars for the Gym.
    Happens more often that you think!