In reality, 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.
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 may never had the drudgery of washing, ironing, vacuuming, mopping, doing dishes, etc. but it was through their investments that 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 millions of people around the world that do not have enough to eat, 98% of which live in developing nations with no electricity, no television, 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.
The left exaggerates and lies about poverty in America to obscure the nature and extent of lack of progress on effective programs that could actually help those in need in order to ensure that they are dependent upon government and government programs and continue to 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