January 21, 2015

The 1%

So here is the thing, I'm not rich. Not even close. I could best be described as decidedly middle class. I do live in one of the more affluent communities in one of the more affluent counties in the state. Someone has to comprise the bottom half.  That said, I think I am missing that gene that makes me angry at the rich folk that surround me.

Sure, I like money. I would gladly take more of it. The fact that there are houses worth two or three times the value of mine just a few blocks away does not bother me a whit. There are millionaires and multi-million dollar houses down the street. Literally just down the street. So what?

Those people have their money. They earned it, inherited it or borrowed it. None of that concerns me.  You see, wealth is not static, there is not a defined amount of cash available in the world and every dollar you earn means there is one less dollar available for me. We all can gain wealth.

Most of us would be counted as fantastically rich in many parts of the world, even if you are eating hot dogs and pancakes as part of your regular diet.

I don't think we should be envious of the one percent. I think we should aspire to be one of the club. When I read how the richest pay most of the taxes I don't think for a minute they do not pay their fair share. I wonder why some want to punish success.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can't think about all that I am trying to get over deflategate.


JOG

Erin O'Brien said...

So, the House GOP is fighting over abortion, Obama is taking a victory lap, and Hoose is on his knees before the Mitt Romneys of the world--exactly how ol' Mitt & Co. like it.

God this is beautiful.

Joe said...

Dear Erin,

I know you are a good writer. But when you pen nonsense like this it reads just as I imagine Chalie Brown's teacher dialogue is written in the script for the animated specials: "Wha Whaa Wawa Waaa".

It makes as much sense as whatever it is that you offered here.

Erin O'Brien said...

I wholly admit that my previous comment was not my best effort by far.

Joe said...

Don't worry about it. Many days I feel like I have not brought my A game to the old blog.

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