So, I was listening to politics again at the office. While annoyed at the various idiots I'm listening to, my eyes stumble across a Dave Ramsey article that hits the nail on the head.
A Tale of Two Americans.
One, we'll call him John. John graduated from high school, didn't attend a big university, and got a job at the factory (maybe even joined a Union). He works hard every day and nobody can fault his work ethic even though he comes at the buzzer and is probably already heading to the car at the final buzzer each day, and he loves his breaks. Due to his dedication and seniority he's up to 75k a year, rarely ever misses a kid's ballgame. In the evenings he's watching TV, he can tell you all the latest comings and goings on the reality shows or local sports team. He works a 40 hour week and on the weekends he's fishing with his buds.
The other, we'll call him Henry. Henry graduated from high school and got a job installing home AC units. He worked hard and before long, the boss taught him more about the trade so he could help out with that side of the business. After 6 years, the corporation laid him off - "downsized." He still had his tools and a wife and kids to feed, so he buys a truck and starts his own HVAC business. He made a lot of mistakes at first but in time, he bought some books on business, he took accounting and business classes at the local city night classes and community college and has a business of his own. He works hard, averages 70+ hours a week, and on any given night you can see him at this office, pouring over his books trying to figure out how to make ends meet and pay all the people that work for him because some recent client hasn't paid his bill yet. If he's in trouble, he misses his kid's soccer game and is outside in the 90+ degree day working his butt off so that somebody ELSE has a working AC. He's got a great reputation so he is getting a steady supply of customers. His little business that started with one guy and one truck now makes about 350k a year.
Are either of them less American? Are either of them living less of the American Dream?
Why should Henry be penalized by the government and have to pay proportionately higher taxes just because he makes more than 250k a year? Hasn't he earned it? Why should the government be in charge of "re-distributing wealth?" Call it "taxing the rich" or whatever the hell you want... it's still the pig called socialism, painted with a new brush.
Reality check, most of the people making more than $250k in this country are like Henry, they're not some "aristocratic monied elite" - they're poor schlubs like you and me that work harder and longer than some and make big sacrifices - daily - to live the American dream... why? So that their wives and kids will have luxuries they couldn't.
Obama Democrats... enough with the socialist bullshit please. You're an embarassment to the hardworking American Democrats that have helped build this country that I'm proud to call my friends and neighbors. I guarantee that I have more in common with them than I do with you.
This is America. The "politics of envy and jealousy" has no place in this country. If you want more money, get off your ass and go earn it. While you're at it, thank God (or whatever higher authority to which you hold) that you live in a country where that's possible because I can guaran-damn-tee you, from personal experiences, that there are worse countries out there than the one in which you live you whiney bitches. I will never vote to let "the goverment" be in charge of taking money from the Henrys... that's what *I* call unAmerican. In the America I believe in, you keep what you earn.