On may occasions I will see a poster calling the police “pigs” or making dericive comments about “big bad corporations” or “greedy rich people” and usually I let out a little chickle. Sort of a flashback to the 60 - 70’s. Just imagining the head-bands and tinted wire rims with the tie-dye (sorry TM) shirts and Jefferson Airplane (Up Against the Wall Mo-Fo) playing…ahh such memories. And then I realize that its 2006 and this sophmoric rhetoric is just silly now.
Here’s a related article about “rich people.” And why its good to have them around!
[quote]In Defense of the Rich
by John Hawkins, Posted May 31, 2006
“We’re the party that wants to see an America in which people can still get rich.” —Ronald Reagan
“Behind every great fortune there is a crime.” —Honore de Balzac
The two quotes you’ve just read do a great job of representing how most liberals and conservatives view the rich. Conservatives believe that America is a land of opportunity, a place where a person can go from rags to riches if he’s clever and willing to work hard.
On the other hand, liberals believe that in and of itself, wealth is evidence of wrongdoing. Either the rich are, “winners of life’s lottery,” who didn’t earn the money they have or it was somehow swindled from the poor. Even if somehow, some way, neither of those conditions are present, then how can any decent person stand to be so rich when so many other people are so poor—well, unless you’re a trial lawyer, celebrity, or someone who contributes vast sums to the Democratic Party as penance, in which case all is forgiven.
These two attitudes explain why liberals often engage in class warfare and accuse conservatives of being, “in the pocket of the rich.” When your starting point is that, “rich people are bad people because they’re rich,” then simply refusing to display knee-jerk hostility towards the wealthy is taken as a sign of unscrupulousness.
But, what so many liberals fail to see is how much the rich contribute to our society. Just to name one example, let’s take a look at a man whose name is practically synonymous with limitless wealth: Bill Gates.
Would this country be better off if Bill Gates had never been born? My guess is that Microsoft’s 61,000 plus employees wouldn’t think so. What about the recipients of the $28.8 billion that Bill Gates has given away to charities and causes? What about the people who built his mansions and his cars? Heck, what about you? Do you have any Microsoft products on your computer?
The reality is that when you take down a rich man, legions of poorer men suffer as a result of his misfortune. Of course, there are some people who did inherit their money or become rich by leeching off society (like John Edwards), but most Americans who have become wealthy made their fortunes by doing an exceptional job of serving their fellow man in some capacity.(more at link)