I am not a rich person as defined by our current leadership in Washington, and while money is very important accumulating wealth is not a driving force in my life. Nevertheless, I was raised to admire but never envy the wealth of others. To never desire that which I have not earned, nor to enjoy benefits, goods, or services for which I have not paid. How did so many Americans lose that idea and, instead, come to think in profoundly opposite terms? In terms which divide us and create class envy and bitterness resulting in scores of people fully dependent upon the redistribution of others wealth, or the government directly.
There’s a discussion in all of this Rise Above rhetoric that seems to be missing. And it is a discussion of the fundamental morality of a viewpoint held by a large proportion of people who think of themselves as upstanding Americans while simultaneously believing that it’s right and proper to tax progressively more from people who they think can afford it. Or, from people arbitrarily defined as “rich” or “wealthy” to the extent that amounts they have earned beyond the arbitrary wealth boundary is deemed fundamentally not theirs, nevermind the fact they earned it. That those who think they need it, in fact have a claim to it. How did we get to this point in America where people are so envious of the earned wealth of others that they actually embrace the idea and empower the government to take more and more by force?
And they justify this scheme uttering empty words such as social justice – a concept devoid of any true sense of equity, or actual justice.
Have those who think this way ever considered the actual number of dollars so-called wealthy people pay in taxes? In many many cases very likely more (far more in the case of the “uber rich”) than they, themselves, earn in total – let alone what they might pay in taxes? Do they honestly think these arbitrarily defined so-called wealthy people are somehow not “paying their fair share” while they, who pay comparatively little or nothing, somehow are? On what basis, what moral code, do people operate that guides them to the conclusion that they have a right to enjoy products, services, or financial assistance at no cost to themselves? How do these people sleep at night knowing they use things and obtain services for which not only have they never paid a dime, but obscenely argue ought not pay a dime!
Here’s a thought to consider: ask not what can be taken at the proverbial point of a gun from other people just because they have it so that you can enjoy some unearned and undeserved reward. Rather, how about demanding less from our government and paying for what you do use and benefit from (something at least). And while you’re at it, rather than begrudging and vilifying the success of those who work hard, save, accumulate, and use wealth as they see fit for their own designs, why not hail them as heroes for their hard work and honest efforts!
In short, I appreciate and admire all this talk about Rising Above. However, if we’re going to rise above something why not rise above the petty social mentality of envy, demand less from government, and focus on our own business rather than our neighbor’s. That would truly be Rising Above; taxing the so-called rich more is neither moral nor a solution to any problem.