I am shocked!
Really, I am totally gobsmacked.
Now that we have the OWS crowd demonstrating and claiming they represent the 99%, I would never have expected such upstanding media organizations as CBS/AP to delve into what that 99% actually make.
It turns out that, according to a CBS/AP report on October 11, 2011, that the incomes of the top one percent of income earners in America increased from $1.9m to $2.2m. By math that represents an increase of around 15.7%. While this is a reasonably good sized increase it is not absurd or immoral or any of the other “fairness” type statements that the uninformed left will throw around.
But wait….the CBS/AP report did not calculate the rate of increase….what they did instead was calculate what the total increase was for all people in that category, stating that income had increased by a massive $120 billion!
Ok…now THAT sounds like a big number….but it remains only a 15% increase.
But what if the 99%? Those folks who are so downtrodden, so berated by big business, so taken advantage of?
According to the report the other 99% saw their incomes FALL by a combined $4.5 billion.
I am shocked!
I would never have expected that American workers would have seen their incomes fall during a recession! Never, I say!!
What? The recession was OVER in 2010, you say? Really? Tell that to the 99% who saw their incomes fall. Tell that to the 5 million people who still have no jobs.
Ok …so…when I managed to recover from the shock of these statistics, I asked myself why this matters? After all, who gives a toss what the rich folks earn, or what the poor folks earn, or what anybody earns? What is the point of continually directing our thinking towards the disparity in income levels?
Why is it that we are all shocked when we see disparity between ethnic groups? Why do we care that the “income gap” is growing?
Personally, I don’t care. I don’t care if my neighbor is making $10 million a year while I struggle to get by on $50k…or $20k …or $200k….whatever. I don’t care if my neighbor chooses to sit at home endlessly wishing his job paid more but never getting off his ass and doing something to change it…I just don’t care.
I care about what I am doing. I care about doing the absolute best job I can do in my chosen field. I care about continually improving myself so that I can increase my income. I care about being responsible for my family and accountable for my actions. I care about wasted opportunities and fulfilling personal ambition. I care about what “I” can do to make my life better.
I don’t care about what other people choose to do. It is neither my business nor my responsibility.
Now, before you all start telling me I am a heartless bastard for thinking this way….there is something else that I DO care strongly about. I care for those who through no fault of their own find themselves in need of help. A hand up is always in order. I care for those who have neither the mental nor physical capability to improve their lot in life…a commitment to care is in order there. I car for the homeless, the hungry and the destitute…the elderly, the young and especially those who have defended my freedom. My freewill gifts to these people are not charity but a way of expressing concern and offering hope. I care for the helpless…not the clueless.
But do I care about what somebody may or may not earn? Nope. Never have, never will.
When society spends so much time complaining about and following what other people earn, it is not taking responsibility for what the individual can do. The rich are so easy to blame…so easy to target. If they enjoy the wealth they have amassed, they are seen as rubbing our faces in it…and yet we have no right to be envious of their success…or jealous of their fortune.
Envy and jealousy of others breeds hate, breeds corruption and ultimately breeds violence. Is it right that one person has so much money while another has nothing? Wrong question!!
That question implies wealth is either moral or immoral. It suggests that the wealthy are immoral. That is not true (it may be…drug runners are wealthy….but so are authors, actors, businessman, inventors, scientists…and horrible people like Michael Moore who won’t even admit he is part of the 1%). The mere that one is wealthy does not make one immoral.
But what about fairness? What is “their fair share” as Obama is so willing to ask?
The left considers that it is unfair that someone has a lot while another is starving….really? Can they define “a lot”…and if they are so concerned about the starving why don’t they give to them, instead of demanding others to solve that problem?
Fairness? Poppycock more likely!
If the OWS crowd get there way, and Obama continues his class warfare nonsense, wealth will be stolen from the creators of that wealth and given to those some government official deems to be worthy….as long as it buys a vote, the trinkets will be given.
The other argument I hear is that if one person is rich, he got there by screwing someone who is poor. Really?
The proponents of this argument have no understanding of wealth creation. They believe there is a finite amount of wealth in this world and if one person has more, another MUST have less.
If the economy and wealth were a zero sum game, that would be true. But it is not. Wealth is created every day…out of thin air. More efficient ways of doing things, new products, new industries, education etc…all serve as wealth creators and increase the world’s wealth, thus increasing everybody’s standard of living.
If this were not true, we would all still be living in caves, throwing rocks at our neighbors to stop them stealing our food wealth.
So…to all you rich folk out there I say this. Keep doing what you do best. Increase your wealth as fast and as much as you can.
To all you middle class folks I say…..keep doing what you do best and increase your wealth as much and as fast as you can.
And to all the poor folk, I say….do what you do best, work hard, educate yourselves….do your best to increase your wealth as much and as fast as you can.
Does anybody hear our President saying these things? I don’t.
All I hear him say is let’s take from the rich so you can have more.
I say…everybody needs to aim to be the best they can, to accumulate all the financial wealth they desire, and to ensure that they do not get lost in the pursuit of money but instead enjoy the riches they have in family, friends and country.
Do not care who makes how much…it does not change anything for you. The only thing you should care about is taking responsibility for your OWN actions, and accepting personal accountability for their results.