Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Class Warfare Works Both Ways

President Obama is trying to create a culture of makers vs. takers in this country, using the unauthorized force of government to redistribute wealth from the ones who produce it to the ones who don't. What he doesn't understand is that wealth redistributes itself! What does he think the rich do with their money? Smoke it? No, they spend it! They invest it! That spending and investing creates jobs, creates wealth, and distributes it to those who need it and want it. It isn't rocket science. Of course, it does mean that everyone has to contribute something to society in order to get a piece of the pie. Just by participating in the free market, I'm paying my "fair share". Slackers get bupkis.

Don't. Stop. Thief.
I'm not rich. I'm not even halfway to the magic $250,000.00 or whatever annual income it is that supposedly makes one rich. But I do not condone taking by force what anyone else has rightfully earned. That's called theft, and it's illegal unless you're the government. And it isn't sustainable. Too bad the takers won't even understand what caused the economic death spiral we're facing. No doubt, they'll blame it on the steadily diminishing "rich", whomever they are. In a shrinking economy, everyone has to work harder just to stay even, including the takers, who will be getting less money for nothing. In the end, the only rich people will be government employees and holders of high office -- who produce nothing, just like it was back in the USSR. I'm afraid there's no way to fix this at the ballot box anymore. The makers will have to subvert the establishment.

This class warfare works both ways. I work hard to obtain enough wealth to get what I need, and maybe a little more to enjoy life, and maybe put something away to live comfortably in my declining years. I will be most resentful of those who sabotage the economy by encouraging government forcibly to redistribute my earnings to someone who thinks they're entitled simply because I'm more industrious, more talented, luckier, or less lazy than they are. I'll happily and voluntarily share what I can afford with anyone who is down on their luck, and doesn't think I owe them anything. But the ungrateful takers can kiss my jump in a lake. I'm not uncharitable, but I'm no chump, either.

Update: Denny reminded me of this:
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as “bad luck.”
~ Robert A. Heinlein


  1. We may all be born equal, but the equality does not extend to what we do with our lives and how we live our lives.Those are our choices to make. How do we get the simple truth of your article through the stopped up ears of the dunderheaded voters? m

    1. I believe you get from life what you put into it. Plus luck. There are people who are poorer than me, and there are people who are richer than I am. I was once much poorer than I am now. I wasn't less happy, or less satisfied with my life. In fact, I might have been happier. It sounds cliche to say it, but I believe it's true.

      Bill Gates was once the richest man in the world. I do not resent him for it. In fact, his success indirectly fed me and my family for the past 30 years. We need rich people. So what if he lives in a big gated compound on Lake Washington? I hope he enjoys it! Through his success, given all the people he has helped to produce wealth in this country and the computer industry, I'd say he's earned it. He's paid his fair share. Is he a flawed human being? Of course he is! Who isn't?

      Don't be jealous; be happy! It's so sad that the dunderheaded voters don't understand this, and I don't know how to get through to them.

  2. So I get born, and am alive. Then at the poker table of life I get dealt my cards.
    How I play them should be up to me. If I win or lose it should be my call.
    Utopian trippers think everyone should just throw in their cards and then divide the entire pot equally among the players period. They believe that everyone should exist and live every day exactly the same way with exactly the same existence with everything for all and all for all no matter what.
    We are in the end- part of nature here on this planet. Nature is not fair, nature is not pretty,
    nature is the real deal like it or not. But the elite masterminders think they can re-write the laws of nature and make everything perfecto-decto if they could lock-up every reality based free human who actually understands that their entire program is the most f-d up crock of crap that has ever been relentlessly shoved down the throat of mankind since the begiining of time.
    They all want to take the helm of doom and death ad-infinitum and think they can steer the ship of mankind to la-la land. This time. Because they are smarter than those THAT HAVE TRIED IT FOR MILLENIA AND ALLWAYS FAIL WITH ANYONE WHO IS NOT ON BOARD EITHER DYING BY STARVATION OR GETTING SHOT FOR STANDING IN THEIR WAY. AMEN PERIOD END OF THE REPEATING STORY OF EPIC FAIL. REPEAT.

  3. Obama talks about people needing to pay their "fair share," and progressives' want policies to establish economic and social justice. What a fool's game they play.

    Think about all the people who have had but squandered (ruined themselves with) immense wealth, talents, and opportunity. Who among us doesn't know a family where children of the same parents raised together came to radically different ends? Think about how many who started with so little have lived great, productive, fulfilling, and inspirational lives. "All men are created equal" is very misunderstood. Life is largely a crapshoot, with no guarantees except the most important variable of all: "one's self."

    "Outcomes" can't be dictated and managed by government. No culture or civilization has ever benefited from that vain attempt.

  4. HonestAbby,

    Mostly agree with you.
    Example this:
    An over whelming majority of people who have hit the proverbial super duper 'Jackpot' in a lottery or whatever have stated that winning the jackpot has essentially ruined their lives and destroyed their family relationships. They also say that they wish they would have never won.
    And they are now years later broke, and they were essentially way better off and way happier before the winning event blew up their lives.

    The pride of earning what you have thru hard work and struggle is the real gold in life.
    The rest is fools gold I guess.


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