Success can be and often is, a double edged sword in the social arena. On the one hand, we must applaud those that have devoted themselves to success
and have achieved it, but then some would say too much success is almost criminal. To quote Hillary Clinton, “Obscene Profits”.
The issue is of course one of jealousy pure and simple. Well that and envy.
It is a natural state that some will work harder than others and that some will achieve far more than those that do not work as hard. (Or make bad
decisions). Now don’t get me wrong, I understand there are some that work their butts off and still find success elusive; but they are really fairly
few and far between.
I know I will get flamed for much of this, but the truth is the truth and this is simply the truth of things.
Who defines success? If we could find someone who was completely altruistic, maybe we could place them in a position to define success for us all.
Sadly there is no human on the planet that is purely altruistic so we must muddle on as we often do in matters like this.
Here are some more truths.
Hillary Clinton used the term “Obscene Profits” all the while building her and Bill’s fortune by millions. Anyone remember “Whitewater”?
Low wage earners speak out often about the tax breaks businesses get all the while paying little to no tax themselves.
The Democrat party supposedly speaks for the poor and yet 7 out of 10 of the richest members of congress are Democrats
7 out of 10 of the richest members of
congress are Democrats
Yes America, there is a wealth gap. Seven of the top ten wealthiest members in Congress are Democrats.
The results are based on a new study released today by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics. The Center did an analysis of the financial
statements filed by members of Congress for 2010 income and net worth.
Still the Republicans are always slammed for being “Big Business”..
Envy is an ugly emotion and yet we have all felt it. The neighbor gets a new Mercedes and we cannot afford even a new Ford. We feel envy.
The government keeps getting richer but won’t increase our welfare checks, we feel envy.
Joe Nobody hits the lottery, we feel envy.
Now let me say this; I am NOT rich by any means but I consider myself successful. I come from an amazingly poor background where I grew up with an
outhouse and a kitchen sink to wash in. Still I had a very successful career in what is normally considered a fairly low paying profession but I stuck
it out through all the bad times and have been able to retire quite nicely. Would I like to have more than I have now? Well yes. Do I need any more
than I have now? Well no.
At different points in my career, especially while raising my two beautiful daughters, I was eligible for government assistance but I always managed
to make it without Uncle Sam’s help by working two and sometimes three jobs at a time; all while suffering from PTSD and Clinical Depression. I did
not enjoy that, but as the economy made it necessary, I made it happen. Having worked that hard for all those years, I hope you all can forgive me if
I have little to no sympathy for someone that won’t work and draws a government check and yet can manage to post on the internet for hours each and
every day. Still I would have no problem with people like that until they start the ridiculous mantra about how I should be paying more taxes so they
can have a bigger check, more free health care or new houses.
Gone is the American Self Reliance that caused us to be ashamed of living off the government
Gone is the American worker that worked 2 and 3 jobs to support themselves
Gone is the Greatest Generation that shook off Combat Fatigue and went back to work
Gone is the independent spirit that built this nation
Gone is the concept of a hand up not a hand out
Yet people wonder what has happened to our country..