America was built on the principal that with hard work ANYONE could achieve success. It’s been proven time and time again, that people that are willing to work hard, can overcome great odds in America and become wealthy. However, those same people are being persecuted by those that don’t want to do the work. They don’t want to get the education, they don’t want to work the hours, days and years it takes to become successful. They want it handed to them, just like Obama phones.
I hear all the time about how these people want the 1% to be taxed at a higher rate to pay for all the “free” stuff that they feel entitled too (Sound familiar Bernie Sanders fans?). That’s a GREAT IDEA, lets tax the hell out of the people that run the businesses that employ thousands upon thousands of people! (Note the sarcasm, trust me..that sentence was dripping with it.) As they are taxed at a higher rate, what do you think they will do? They will leave. They will move their companies, to countries that have lower tax rates. They will lay off workers to save money. They will increase the price of goods and services to the consumer, to offset higher taxes and costs.
But, you’ll say, that the wealthy 1% has all the money locked up and they should be doing more “good” with it….like giving you a free education! Why should they? If you want an education, apply for scholarships, grants, and get a student loan. The harder you work for something, the more rewarding it is when you accomplish it. Will you end up with debt, probably….but, the good thing is, you can probably find a job with one of the top 1%’s companies, making a decent living, so you can pay off that debt.
Do you realize that if we taxed the top 1% at 100%….there would just be enough money to fund Medicare for 3 years. THREE YEARS. Hmmmm….so, what is your plan when the top 1% runs out of money? Who will fund all those fabulous “free” things now? Wait, I know who….EVERY TAXPAYER. Not just the uber wealthy….no no no, it will be funded by tax increases on every working American. Woohoooo for “free” stuff!!! (Yes, more sarcasm.)
On a side note…what if you were the 1%…would you want to be taxed at a much higher level than everyone else? You worked hard, you got an education…you FINALLY were successful, and now you are taxed for a huge chunk of your money, to give “free” stuff to people that aren’t as motivated, hard working, or smart as you. Sure, why not. I mean, we’d all be chomping at the bit to share our paychecks with those sad, misfortunate people. So, how about this…the next paycheck YOU get…take 90% of it, and donate it to a homeless shelter, now do that with EVERY paycheck. Don’t you feel better? Isn’t it great giving away all your hard earned money? I wonder how long it will be before you feel like you’re working for nothing, and that those “lazy bums” at the homeless shelter should be working too!
We are a compassionate country. We have Medicare and Medicaid. We have federally funded grants for college. We have food banks, food stamps, rent subsidies and homeless shelters. We try to take care of those that truly can’t take care of themselves, but there is no need to coddle those that CAN, and just want the easy, lazy path to success. You might say that because of your race, gender, or ethnicity that you are at a disadvantage, that all the money is locked up by wealthy “old white men”. Yet, Oprah Winfrey is both African American, and female and she is one of the wealthiest women in the world, and no one handed her ANYTHING. She was dirt poor and she made herself, no one gave her an Obama phone.
America is a great country, or at least it was. Now, entitlement and political correctness is ruining us. Like water on a foundation, eventually it crumbles. America has long been the nation that everyone wants to come too, because opportunity abounds here. There are so many stories about people coming here (LEGALLY) from other countries with $15 dollars in their pocket and a suitcase and they make something out of themselves, they become successful. Not, because they were given “free” stuff, but because they worked hard.
So, here is what you are REALLY entitled too….nothing. Just because you were born, doesn’t mean the world owes you a damn thing. We are all on this Earth together, we all came into it the same way..naked and screaming. Our lives are what we make of them, from start to finish, our success or failure is OUR responsibility…no one else’s. Your parents kept you safe and fed, not because you were “entitled” to it, but because they loved you. America loves you too, and it is giving you the freedom to achieve whatever dreams, goals, or aspirations you have, if you are willing to work for them. But, you…and I are not ENTITLED to anything. The sooner we ALL understand that, the better.