April 3, 2012 10:20:55 AM
Taxing the rich
In Monday's paper, there was an article by Jim Kuhnhenn of the AP pushing for higher taxes on millionaires. Before any anonymous posters misread this and assume I'm rich, let me assure everyone that I've got to break wind in my pocket to have a (s)cent. He quotes Mr. Obama as saying, "We don't envy success in this country. We aspire to it." Then why is Mr. Obama trying to tax the "rich" out of existence without doing anything to help the plight of the "poor"?
Actions speak louder than words. A liberal and a conservative were walking down the street when they came to a nice mansion. The liberal said, "No man should have that much," and the conservative said, "Every man should have the opportunity to have this much." When you punish people for being successful and reward them for not succeeding, what do you expect people to do?
It would be nice if wealthier Americans did give some of their wealth to those not so "lucky," but it is not the duty of government to force that to happen. This is a capitalist nation, not a socialist one. If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a meal, but if you teach him to fish, you feed him for life. Likewise, if you give a man health insurance paid for by someone else, you insure him until the golden goose is killed, but if you teach him to work for his benefits, he'll be insured for the rest of his life. The common denominator is if the man is willing to fish or work.
There are those who cannot work, due to no fault of their own, but once even the blind made brooms to help support themselves. Compassion for our fellow man is good, but too much of a good thing is bad.
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