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Us vs. Them: The Idle Rich vs. the Working Rich

Compared to 100 years ago, we are all fabulously rich. And we owe it all to the working rich who created it.

by
Frank J. Fleming

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May 10, 2011 - 12:00 am
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Don’t you hate those rich people who inherited all their wealth? They were just born into privileged circumstances and did absolutely no work to earn it. And still, that’s never enough for such greedy individuals, and they constantly seek more and demand to have everything they want handed to them.

It’s a bitter, craven existence, and that sense of entitlement and wanting to just take from others does nothing but hurt this country. And if anyone deserves to be taxed heavily in this country, it’s these idle wealthy who don’t deserve their riches in the first place. Lucky for the taxman, then, there are a few hundred million of them to go after.

Let’s get one thing straight: We label people in the U.S. as poor, middle class, and rich, but that is all utter bull. I mean, look at what we call poor in this country. Poor people have cars, cell phones, TV with hundreds of channels, the internet, electricity, running water — these are riches even the wealthiest of a hundred years or so ago couldn’t even dream of having. And look at our poor compared to actual poor people in other countries — not poor in the sense that they have to buy store brand soda but poor in that they could easily starve to death in the streets.

When you look at other countries and the history of the world in general, we are all just amazingly, unbelievably wealthy in this country. We have technology and opportunities that are insane; we can’t even comprehend how well off we are compared to people who used to have to live in huts and fight for every meal. When you look at it objectively, every one of us in this country is a billionaire. And what did we do to earn all this incredible wealth? For most of us, the answer is: absolutely nothing. We were just born with it. So we take it for granted. And we demand even more.

There is another type of rich person, though — the working rich. The people who create. These are the people who made all the benefits we enjoy in society today. Thanks to their creativity and initiative, we have all the technological marvels we enjoy today. Because of their hard work, we have all these companies that give us cushy 9-to-5 jobs where we earn sums of money most of the world couldn’t even imagine possessing. And are we thankful? Do we say, “Thank you, rich people, for making all these things so we can benefit from them. I can’t even believe how simple and easy my life is because of you”? No, we demand more from them, because we’re the idle rich, and we think the working rich owe us everything.

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