Very recently in the news we’ve seen presidential candidate both show their fangs when approached with the reallocation of funding so often pushed by our current president. They are not alone, a whole host of people from all economic levels have expressed their discontent with the notion of the wealthy paying more taxes. On the opposite side are a whole host of people from all economic backgrounds that believe they should. This has fired up accusation of class warfare by our current president elect.
I think the argument both indicates the nature of America’s current ghost culture and further would indicate the reason for the discussion at all further point to the root of the problem.
First, we need to know what is real. The chart below shows essentially what the discussion is really about. You can see without much dithering that both sides are 100% correct. The wealthy already pay a ton of money. With those making $450k paying out roughly $160k in taxes each year without using any tax shelters. We can also see that those making less than $35k don’t have anything left to spend after just paying the bills.
No the chart doesn’t translate literally but I do believe it is a fair comparison of general principle. What I am trying to say is that if I took the next 2 months to break it down perfectly with 100% corroborated numbers the reflection would be largely the same.
And so the point would be this is our problem. Those making less need to understand how much the wealthy are already shouldering and those making more need to understand the plight of the less fortunate. We can all agree that there are some poor people who simply fail to make an effort however it cannot be said that everyone who tries equally hard will experience the same success. Additionally there are some wealthy people that did not necessarily earn their way there and there are some that take advantages. For this reason we cannot say that where people fall in the economic ladder is a simple result of effort. If we can admit this we can look to our policies to ensure that they are economically beneficial and forward thinking.
Never should any argument be allowed to become one of rhetoric simply for the sake of having a side. Understanding another point of view simply enriches the discussion. Unfortunately such discussion as these have become more about winning for political merits and less about the discussion themselves. When there is a battle and a desire to “win” everyone loses. Such matter are seriously of the utmost importance and should not be taken so lightly. We must understand the weight of these conversation and look past personal gain.
I don’t propose a solution to economic inequality, I only say that it is an issue that should be discussed thoughtfully for the importance it holds instead of becoming a political stump point.
We owe that much to the janitor who keeps the school clean for the kids, the sanitary worker who made weekend dump runs obsolete, and the electrician that keeps our power on. Those people have earned the right to make a living. They too show up every day and put in an honest day’s work.
Still just the same we owe the CEO that came from nothing, paid their own way through college, outworked their peers, and rose to the top, just as much. They’ve earned the right to earn more through their sacrifices. The janitor could have done the same in many cases.
That leaves us with the person that did the same and is a mid-level manager at a fortune 500 company. They have worked just as hard, done all of the same things, and through luck and chance have not experienced the same result. Worse yet they got fired to bump earnings 2% and now cannot find employment in an environment where you must do more with less just to keep you job as we search for higher and higher revenue.
This all brings us to the root. America’s premise of hard work has simply been perverted into something different. It has become an excuse to take advantage, to take more than you’ve earned, but because it was legal, it is somehow still “earned” or ok. At the same time there is a large part of our population that is born into a situation wherein success means living for another day, where working is not an option, and these people drag down society from the bottom while some of the wealthy tear it apart from the top. Many of us are simply caught in the fray.
Somewhere along the way we got lost. This is not what God intended for us. To be a nation of such resource and opportunity but one that squander it through greed is the ultimate can’t see the trees for the forest parable. Instead of fighting we should be working together for a better tomorrow.
Why is it that the top executives don’t share the lean experience? Why does our congress have a different health care plan than we do? Why do we continue to provide benefits to people who continue to make poor decision? Why don’t we spend more on educating the destitute and preventing the destitute than we do caring for them? Why are we so selfish when we have enough to be very selfless?
A house over 2500 sq feet simply says I have money. A Range Rover HSE has no advantage in purpose over a Ford Explorer. The difference is only in how we think other people view us when we have one.
Sadly, that has become America for the greater part. I earned mine you cannot take it. The point for me is that no one should have to take it. In America we should willingly give it. When we see our neighbor knocked down we should help them up.
This isn’t truly a discussion of who has what. It is a discussion of American principle. We are principally saying that it is dog eat dog and each should get “theirs” and be allowed to get “theirs” regardless of the impact on others. I say America is better than that. We should not ask for a handout but we should be able to work a job and make a living. I would gladly give until it was uncomfortable to ensure that the school janitor could pay all the bills, provide a good education the his or her children, and be able to tackle retirement without fear. Is this wrong? You cannot outsource this job and it deserves as much credit as being a CEO relative to making a living. This doesn’t mean he should be rich. It just mean he or she should be able to live. If a person is working they ought to be afforded the right to a roof over their head, an education, and a retirement. It is pretty simple. I would make a sacrifice to provide that to someone.
We are then only talking about what is principally the right thing do. America, unfortunately, has confused right with something defined by legal. God doesn’t want this for His people. We are squandering something beautiful. The ability to thrive as a whole in a way that enriches. There is zero point in owning more bigger and better. That is not what defines life. Living defines life, how life is lived defines life, what you do defines life. Do not get consumed by consumerism.