Monday, December 10, 2012

Success Supression

     Lost in the back and forth of the fiscal cliff debate is a core question we must answer as a country. Do we want more or fewer wealthy Americans? Depending on the answer to this question, government policy must reflect the answer and encourage the desired result. If we wish to create more millionaires, then more wealth must necessarily stay in the hands of individuals and out of the coffers of government. If we wish to have a country of fewer wealthy citizens, then the government must take more money out of the private economy to prevent economic growth and prosperity. The latter seems to be what the current administration has as its core objective.
     Raising tax rates on the rich, in addition to the constant characterizations of the rich as selfish and greedy, inculcates in others the desire to avoid becoming wealthy. After all, no one wants to be a constant target of  demonization by their fellow citizens. People often wonder, and so did I for a long time, why billionaires like Warren Buffet and Bill Gates would advocate for raising taxes on people like themselves. They, as successful businessmen, understand better than most that fewer dollars at work in the private economy means less economic growth. Then I realized that by publicly taking a populist stand against themselves, they have attained immunity from the criticism of class warfare rhetoric. They can appear to be saying, "Look I'm with you, but those damned Republicans won't raise my taxes." This makes them the "good rich" as opposed to the "bad rich" who want to keep more of the money they earned through their own endeavors.
     Another way in which the wealthy are characterized as the scourge of humanity is by reducing or eliminating their accomplishments, saying they became rich "off the backs of the poor." No one has yet to explain to me how it is that poverty creates wealth, but the masses don't think that hard. The left foments envy and coveting within the minds and hearts of those who are not rich against those who are. This coveting has escalated in recent years to a place where the non-rich feel entitled to charge government with taking wealth from those who have earned it, and give it to those who have not. In my opinion, there is no greater greed than feeling you are entitled to the private property that someone else has earned. And there is no greater travesty than employing the power of government to confiscate that wealth for you.
     Abraham Lincoln once stated that a man can not build his own house by tearing down his neighbor's house. He also understood that owning the fruits of one's own labor is what is called liberty and the opposite is called tyranny. And the worst kind of tyranny is that which is self-imposed as a result of suppressing the desire to succeed to avoid public criticism and derision. 

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  1. Obama knows full well that beating the wealthy up in public will do nothing to "save" the country from his spending.
    Taxing the rich has never had anything to do with economics and, everything to do with Obama being able to posture ofr the envy and looting class.
    "Look, I'm taking more from them in order to give more to you!"
    is the message he's trying to send and appease his base supporter's need to see anyone who succeeds get knocked down a notch for the "crime" of being industrious in a society that is rapidly becomming vultures who want their roadkill delivered to them.

    Have you noticed that this regime constantly needs a "villian of the week" over the last 4 years?
    The oil companies, doctors, insurance companies, wall street investors, energy companies, conservatives, the tea party folks, business owners, gun owners, the military and when all else fails...Bush.
    EVERY week, this administration has needed something to point at...and away's own failings as a distraction for the public.

    I've read Atlas shrugged but, never thought I'd be living it.

    1. Sepp, You are correct. I too am astounded by how much the country has changed in the last 10 years, but especially in the last 4. I fear we may never again have a country that was built on the opportunity society. Thanks for reading.