Common Sense

Eat the Rich?

How do you feel about rich people?

The reason why I ask is I was talking to a couple of financial journalist friends of mine and to a man, they made clear they hated capitalism. Which struck me as weird, because as journalists, that's what they cover.

But that's not my point here. This is: I don't have a problem with rich people. Many in my profession do, which is doubly odd, because many in my profession are rich. But again that's not the issue. This is: Not all rich people are bad. And not all rich people are selfish.

Believe me when I say I've known jerks who were poor and jerks who were rich. Trust me, "jerkery" knows no financial pedigree. Money in the bank doesn't guarantee goodness in the heart. Just like poverty doesn't make you a prince, cash doesn't make you a king.

Here's what does: attitude. Do you care? Do you make a difference?

When we focus in this country on tearing down those who've done well in this country, we lose a little something that's good about this country: the ability, we all have, to do well.

Now, do some take advantage of that? Yes. Do some take short cuts and illegal short cuts at that? Yes. I say, punish those rich guys, but don't penalize all rich guys. Rich guys hire people and if they're decent they also can inspire people. Like I said, there's nothing wrong with money in the bank. There's something very wrong with nothing in the heart.

Just know this. The top 1 percent of wage earners in this country pay a third of the taxes in this country. The top ten percent, more than two-thirds of the taxes in this country. They pay so that our government can play.

Yet here's the killer. The very program-loving, boondoggle-pushing, trough-eating, bureaucracy-boosting, subsidy-sucking politicos who get that money, turn around and ream the very people who give them that money.

Now, isn't that rich?

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