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Wealth Envy, Weapon of The Left

February 5, 2009

Wealth envy, we see it on a daily basis, a weapon used with much success by the left.  The rich aren’t paying their fair share of taxes. He is more fortunate, she doesn’t deserve it, it was family money. They must have done something illegal to be so successful. I work just as hard as he does why don’t I get the same breaks? On and on it goes and boy do the Democrats know how to use it. 

Obama used it well during his campaign.  Bush’s tax breaks for the wealthy, we’ll change that. “We’re going to give a tax break to 95% of the American people” and we’ll stick it to the rest. This, although the bottom 40% of those 95% don’t even pay any taxes. Most people would call that welfare, but not our President, it’s tax relief. 

Wealth envy has been around as long as man has but it has been the last 15 to 20 years in which it has really become prominent.  Politicians have turned this vice into a tool  to help them get elected and to stay elected. The more they play on peoples desires and promise to help level the playing field the more the envious support them. The sad thing is that they do not want to level the field by raising people up they do it by trying to bring others down.  Which brings to mind a study which was conducted at Oxford University back in 2001.  This study was conducted by Professor Andrew Oswald and Dr. Daniel Zizzo.  They designed an experiment played with real cash where subjects could “burn” up other peoples money anonymously, but only at the cost of having to give up some of their own money. To the surprise of the doctors 62% of the participants chose to sacrifice some of their own money so they could penalize those who had more. In this experiment, half of all the laboratory earnings were deliberately destroyed by the subjects.

Until people realize that it is up to the individual to be successful and that it is not the governments job to “level the playing field” we will continue to get elected officials whose only concern is growing government to keep their jobs.  Benjamin Franklin said it best: “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”

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