I'm having a hard time here understanding the mentality of people. Most of my posts are long on here, but I am going to try to make this as short as I
can so that people can enlighten myself (and others) as to their thinking.
I hear many people on ATS, around the globe, and in the Occupy Wall Street movements advocate more taxes for the rich and some even go so far as to
say a "redistribution of wealth". I struggle to find where the belief in this comes from. Does it only come from people who don't have wealth or is it
more wide spread?
Why should the rich be charged any more in taxes, simply because they make more money?
Now, I can understand that the "free market" in America isn't so free any more, and the priorities when it comes to careers in this country are vastly
skewed, however, it is not the fault of the people who enter lucrative business that they make so much money - it is the fault of the people that
follow and accept such lucrative business practices.
If, for instance, people weren't so massively addicted to entertainment and sports media, athletes and actors would not make so much money. Nobody is
out there demanding that actors and athletes get paid less, but they would gladly advocate that teachers and private doctors gets paid more, not
understanding that there is a level of payout that needs to be balanced using priorities.
Personally, I don't have much of anything. I live off of about $350 per month and most of that goes to keeping my business running so that I can make
anything at all. Yet, as broke as I am, as much as I don't have the "luxuries" that some of the rich have, never will you hear me say that their money
should be given to me, or that they should be taxed a higher percentage than anyone else. The only difference between them and the people working in
factory labor jobs is that the people in factory labor jobs never pursued anything more lucrative. Not that it is a bad thing - it all comes down to
personal choice. Some people would choose their profession on what they enjoy, what they are good at, or how much money they would make. I don't think
it should be any different as it is the choice of the people what they do, and ultimately how much money they make by doing such.
With that said the question remains -
Why should wealthy people fork over their money more so than the average American? Why should their money be given to anyone other than who they
choose to give it to, so long as it was earned through legal means?
edit on 18-10-2011 by gwydionblack because: spelling