Just another rant at my Dappled Things blog . . . I brought it over here to share:
Spreading the wealth around. The concept seems attractive. To the poor and middle class that is. Who doesn’t want to see a little more of the green in their pocketbooks? But through taxation? Mercy. Let’s not undermine our economy and hard working individuals in small business. Entreprenuers and small businesses provide the background of our economy in the local community, which contributes to the health of our national economy. It is the American way. Taxation is not the avenue to take. We do not need to become a socialistic society. But beware my friends . . .
Consider this. A hard working man comes home from work with a good buck in his pocket at the end of the week. He pays fair taxes. Yet he remains in the ranks of the unknown. He maintains a good reputation in his community. He is respected and appreciated by his family. And despite his well managed budget, it is still a a struggle to make ends meet. His pay rate is not in proportion to the cost of living. His rival? Celebrety entertainers. Professional athletes. Politicians. Idol worshippers. Even other hard working individuals.
It’s what our society has valued through the years that has set up such a ridiculous system that encourages an extraordinarily higher rate of monetary compensation for those who entertain us over those who serve us. In this graph of 2007 Highest Paid Celebreties you can see for yourself just how much our society is willing to pay to keep this vicious cycle going! Now take a look at what the average American earns annually. The gap illustrates why there remains such a large majority of hardworking Americans, The Working Poor. The Wage Gap for women is even greater. The contrast is outrageous!
Spreading the wealth around through the avenue of taxation is not the answer. Valuing the person through just compensation for their hard work is. Of course we cannot put a cap on the amount of wages that one can earn in a given occupation and increase the wages of lower paid occupations. It’s not the American way. Taxation is and always will be.
We claim to be so sophisticated and intelligent. I’m afraid, dear friends, we are simply self-defeating.