I am proud to announce that I have not bought into the new attempt by the federal government to get me to participate in class warfare. I am, for sure, part of the 99 percent of Americans who are not wealthy. However, where I differ from those who are attempting to divide and conquer, I do not begrudge the one percent of the wealthiest Americans. Quite the contrary, I believe they are the only people who can actually create jobs. That’s why I appreciate them, and believe they already pay their “fair share” of taxes.
These people risk capital, which they created with their own work and which has already been taxed and taxed again, and when they risk that capital to attempt to build a business, Washington politicians, many who have never worked in the private sector, go after them. How can we expect people who have never worked with a balance sheet or profit and loss statement to somehow manage our money? It makes no sense at all.
I am amazed that the national news media has successfully gotten Americans to believe that payroll tax and capital gains tax are the same, so if a secretary pays a higher percentage of payroll taxes than her or his boss does in capital gains taxes, they have compared apples with oranges. The worst part of it is the news media knows the difference. They just hope we don’t.
I saw a young man on TV who wrote a college paper that defined the “American dream,” as government-provided education and a government-provided job afterward. I am not sure when schools stopped teaching that every great success in America came from private individuals working hard, sometimes two jobs while going to college — college paid for by the money they earned working, even if it meant taking a year or two off to save up. Then, going out and pounding the pavement, sending out resumes and doing whatever is necessary to find that job working for a company, probably ultimately created by one of the one percent.
We have got to stop dividing people up to get votes. That is precisely what the whole class warfare thing is about. And the more we get used as pawns in this game, the less we trust each other. And when we stop trusting each other, there is always some politician who is there to grab us and get us to vote for them.
You don’t need to redistribute wealth. If the powers that be will leave Americans alone to create their own wealth, whatever that is, they will do two things. They will try to make life better for themselves and will help those in need of their own free will. All great endowments have come from the wealthy and I, of the 99 percent, envy and respect them.
One of my heroes is Adam Smith, a person this generation probably knows nothing about. But I’ll bet they will Google him now. Smith put it this way: “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.”
Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at email@example.com.