Dear Occupy Wall Street ProtestersSubmitted by danbeaulieu on Tue, 10/04/2011 - 13:41
I understand that your crowd consists of a very diverse range of upset people which, for the most part, I endorse as its nourishing for the American spirit. That said, I also believe that there are quite a bit of clueless people out there who are touting potentially dangerous ideas. I will address them in order; this list may be amended later.
Wealth Redistribution comes from the ideology that all rich people became rich at the expense of the poor using malevolent devices. This simply is not true and displays envy.
I’d like to illustrate this by briefly explaining how an acquaintance of mine became very wealthy. He was pushed into working as a means to take care of his ailing father at the age of 15. Working long hours as a landscaper he began to save money, he expanded. Over time his success led him to try something else, he bought a pizzeria. His pizzeria did well which allowed him to quit landscaping, in fact he did so well he started more pizzerias around town. Over time he accumulated a whole chain of pizzerias. After years in the business he sold his company becoming a millionaire. He then started several other businesses, some were successful and some were not. When the housing bubble burst he had a fleeting opportunity to either lose money or to make a great deal of money. He gambled and bought as many houses as he could afford. He bought a total of 100 houses over time around his home town of Orlando. This is the American dream, the right to pursue prosperity and the right to take your own chances. This man now has over $100,000,000 because he took a chance and it paid off.
Who did he hurt? What devices did he use besides the honest sweat of his brow? Yet the ideology of the wealth redistributionist insists that his hard earned money should be stolen from him and given to people who haven’t earned it in respects to being “fair”. This is the same envious and greedy concept that ushered in the income tax in 1913. It was intended for the richest people only but wound up applying to everyone. Soak the rich.