The Alinsky tactic of isolate, personalize and polarize has been the left’s mantra for decades. We’ve seen it used by Obama when he declared “you didn’t build that,” and of late his “at a certain point you’ve made enough money,” both of which project to the average person that they have no right to the money earned by the sweat of their own labor. This is sheer lunacy!
There are no organized masses of rich and poor, no big country club where the wealthy meet to conspire against the poor. That some people have more than others is not a matter not of class, but of effort and circumstance.
Thomas Edison invented the incandescent bulb, the phonograph, the DC motor and other items we use every day . Thomas Watson founded IBM and became rich through his company’s contribution to the computation revolution. Lloyd Conover, while in the employ of Pfizer, created the antibiotic tetracycline. They all became wealthy! But whatever wealth they received pales in comparison to the extraordinary benefits their products afforded mankind.
Andrew Carnegie’s steel empire produced the raw materials that built the physical infrastructure of the United States. Bill Gates cofounded Microsoft and produced software products that aided the computer revolution. Both Carnegie and Gates had amassed quite a fortune long before Carnegie Steel and Microsoft. Had they the mind of Obama, we would have lost much of their contributions to our daily lives because they had “made enough money.”
Class warfare thrives on ignorance. Listening to the left one would think that there was a great pile of money somewhere out there that was intended to be shared equally among all Americans but those greedy rich got to the pile first and took an unfair share. Social Justice demands that they not only return the money to the pile but, go to the back of the line.
Ignorance sees capitalism as benefiting only the rich but evidence refutes that. The rich have always been able to afford entertainment but it was the development and marketing of radio and television that made entertainment accessible to the common man. The rich have never had the drudgery of washing, ironing, vacuuming, mopping, doing dishes, etc. The mass production of washing machines, wash-and-wear clothing, vacuum cleaners, and dish washers reduced the work that the average man or women once spent hours on. At one time, only the rich could afford automobiles, telephones and computers. Now you’d be hard pressed to find more than a small percentage of Americans who do not enjoy these goods.
The majority of the “rich” are those who worked hard to attain that wealth. They educated themselves, invested in business and spent wisely. These are not class characteristics, they are factors that distinguish those that strive to succeed from those who prefer to let others take care of them. Success takes positive attitude and effort. Demanding that everyone owes you a living doesn’t take anything other than a lazy, greedy, envious character, traits that don’t equate success.
There are very few “poverty stricken’ people living in the U.S. Those the government defines as poor have electricity, air conditioning, cable or satellite television, dishwashers, microwaves, washers, dryers, smart phones, computers, and internet. They actually live in homes with more square footage than the average European. There are 805 million people around the world that do not have enough to eat, 98% of which live in developing nations with no electricity, no tv, no major appliances, internet or smart phones. 1.4 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day and 1.7 billion lack access to clean water. That is real poverty.
Liberal exaggeration and misinformation about poverty in America obscures the nature, extent and cause of real material deprivation hampering the development of effective programs to reduce the problem for those truly in need. But it is done with a purpose – to ensure that those they define as poor remain dependent upon government and always vote democrat.
The only thing government creates is dependency and the only way to drag people out of that dependency is to create an environment that favors investment and wealth creation. The free market process is the source of new wealth, not class warfare or redistribution.
“The left assumes that wealth is the result of some sort of scam often because the rich people they know “earned” their money in less than impressive ways.” Dan Mitchell