I am always amused by money threads. The topic is more controversial than politics, and religion combine. Poor people are always, and I mean always
without fail making arguments for justification of looting the pockets of the rich (rich by definition is anyone with 2 cents more than they have.)
While the rich cite darwinian principles of survival, and pontificate about work ethic, whilst some of them truly didn't lift a finger for their
money, and could definitely afford to help out their fellow man.
Unfortunately the problem really is a bit darwinistic. Our species has decided to use money as a media for survival. Some sub-groups of our species
has decided to dedicate their focus in life to obtaining as much of this media as possible (upper class). Others prefer to live more balanced (middle
class). And yet another set have concluded to not give it much thought at all, and depend mostly on the first 2 classes for survival (lower class).
I realize this is a sweeping generalization, and will not fit a lot of individual situations, but on the national level it rings pretty true. For
instance my parents are poor, dirt poor. My dad is an amazing mechanic, and brilliant when it comes to fixing, building, or engineering anything. He
is terrible with his money, and employment choices. He has quit $75K a year jobs in the past because his supervisor spoke to him in a manner that
disturbed his sensibilities. When he does run across a chunk of cash it is gone within 6 months with nothing substantial to show for it. He is over 60
now, and has zero dollars for retirement. Guess who will get to pick up the bill for him, and my mother? Why little old me of course. Which I will do
gladly because he is my father, and I love and respect him for the good man he is besides his gullibility with money.
The problem is that there are 10 million people just like him who think I need to pick up their tab too. Sorry, all I can afford is my parents. If you
accepted the same lack of interest or control towards money then you're just SOL unless you have a "rich" benefactor in your family that you were nice
enough towards that they are willing to support you. I think it is wrong for the government or any other entity to "redistribute" my wealth. I
distribute it just fine. I'm one of those balanced middle class folks who enjoys my money, but I don't live for it. I have enough, and the truly rich
man is the one who knows what enough is. I do help a lot of people, but their is a danger in helping. Giving away money is just like using
antibiotics. Sometimes when you have an overwhelming infection you have to use antibiotics to get it under control. Yet, if you overuse them you wipe
out the bodies defenses by creating dependency on the antibiotics, and you create resistant strains of bacteria. The same danger applies to welfare,
and charity. When you are too generous people become dependent on the hand outs, and no longer have any drive to earn wealth for themselves. Do it
long enough, and now we have strains of people resistant to doing any type of work at all.
The world economy, and political instability is getting to the point that the welfare roles are about to disappear anyway. It will be a dog eat dog
fight for survival for everyone regardless of class, but having work ethics, and some physical preparations that were afforded by personal wealth will
go a long way to helping one survive. The elite wealthy, and poor by choice at the extreme ends of the spectrum who will not lift a finger now may
find themselves unable to lift a finger when the SHTF.
As with anything else in the world balance is the key, but balance is not an equal smudging of all the money regardless of merit, or position. I
would not do my job for $10K a year. My co-workers would not either. If we didn't do our jobs, a lot of people wouldn't live long enough to do theirs.
The system would crash very quickly. What I do is more important than a trash truck driver, thus I make a lot more money than a trash truck driver.
What a trash truck driver does is more important than a cashier at a department store, so that's why he gets paid more etc.... There are disparities,
and corruption that does end up with a worthless lump having piles of cash, and good hard working people with nothing, but in the grand scheme hard
work, and brains usually show up on your paycheck.
edit on 5-2-2011 by Binder because: corrected typos