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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

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.

Like when the federal deficit is mentioned, so many people suggest we pay for it by raising taxes on the working rich. How perverse is that? Look at how we got the huge deficit in the first place — entitlements like Social Security and Medicare. Were these instituted for the benefit of the working rich? Of course not, so why should the people who already benefited this country by producing jobs and our awesome consumer goods have to pay for it? In what bizarro, bearded-Spock universe is that fair?

And all these idiotic ideas are endorsed by the worst kind of rich people of all — the kind that spends other people’s money — politicians. These are rich people who are not only useless but tend to get in the way of anyone trying to create anything in this country. They want to spend all the wealth themselves, and they achieve that by playing off the greed of the idle rich, telling them they all deserve more and just need to let the politicians take it from others. If any rich people need to be punished to get our country on the right track, it’s the politicians. Go ahead and confiscate everything they have and throw them out on the streets, and I’m sure we’ll all be better off.

The next step would be to change the attitudes of all the idle wealthy in this country. Everyone born in this country owes a huge debt to those who went before and built it up for us, and if you’re not going to try and be one who adds to the wealth of this country, at least be grateful for what you have and don’t think you’re owed any more or have a right to the wealth of anyone else.

If you want my one part economic plan, it’s this: A new amendment to the Constitution that makes whining no longer a protected form of speech. And the punishment for whining will be that you lose your inheritance, i.e., you’ll be deported. So these will now be your three choices: Be another creator who adds to this nation, coast by and just be grateful for the privileges you were born with, or learn the hard way not to take the wealth of this country for granted.

Frank J. Fleming is the author of Punch Your Inner Hippie, coming November 11th, and the science fiction novel Superego, coming later this year, writes columns for PJ Media and the New York Post, and blogs at IMAO.us, and if he were president, he'd never be seen on the golf course during international crises, because he'd be in the White House basement playing video games.
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