For some time now there has been a story floating around the Internet. Some readers may have seen it in their inbox, others may have seen it posted on chat rooms, blogs, etc. Whether the story is true or not is pure speculation, but it certainly explains how fair and equal are not always the same. The story also illustrates how the rich in this country are deplored, berated, treated as evil and are often called out as scapegoats for the country’s problems. For those of you who have never read the story, enjoy it now. I’ll be back after the jump.
A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be very liberal and was very much in favor of the redistribution of wealth as a fair and equal means of solving all social problems. She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch conservative, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.
One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the addition of more government welfare programs. The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father claiming that equal was the only way to be fair. He responded by asking how she was doing in school.
Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn't even have time for a boyfriend, and didn't really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying.
Her father listened and then asked, "How is your friend Audrey doing?" The daughter replied, "Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies, and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She's always invited to all the parties, and lots of times she doesn't even show up for classes because she's too hung over."
Her wise father asked his daughter, "Why don't you go to the Dean's office and ask him to deduct a 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA."
The daughter, visibly shocked by her father's suggestion, angrily fired back, "That wouldn't be fair! I have worked really hard for my grades! I've invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!"
The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, “And that is the difference between equal and fair."
Now what you have just read is the version I was sent in my e-mail box. I’m certain there are other wordings and variations on this story so please do not waste my time trying to tell me I got it all wrong. This version illustrates the point succinctly so it is the one that will be used for this article.
The recent announcement by the president that his new budget plan includes raising taxes on the rich by allowing the so-called “Bush Tax Cuts” to expire is nothing more than a lot of talk, smoke and mirrors. The president, along with many of his supporters, believe, as the college girl in our story did, that the rich are evil and selfish for wanting to retain that for which they have worked so hard and so long to earn. The reality is that those who are rich have worked just as hard for what they have as the girl worked for her 4.0 GPA. When the suggestion was made that the girl forfeit her 4.0 GPA for which she had worked so hard and allow the school to “redistribute” her GPA wealth to her friend who was carrying a mere 2.0 GPA – thus giving both girls a 3.0 GPA, the girl was angry that something for which she had worked so hard should simply be taken away from her and given to someone else who hadn’t worked as hard.
But that is what the president is trying to accomplish – he wants to take more and more and more from those who have more and give it to those who refuse to work as hard – the “party animals” of society who just lie around doing nothing because they’re too lazy to actually work for something of value. Is it really fair to steal from the rich and give to the poor when the poor refuse to lift a finger to do anything to deserve it?
If you’ve read this far, then you obviously have an open mind and are willing to read further to understand the complete picture. Narrow-minded fools will have stopped long before now to regurgitate some mindless, liberal drivel down in the comments section.
I have no objection whatsoever to a society that collects taxes and gives that money to people who really need it. We live in a world where people are sick. Babies are born with defects that will prohibit them from ever leading what most of us call a “normal” life. Debilitating diseases or injuries strike people down in the prime of their lives keeping them from continuing their normal life and for those people I have no objection to some government assistance. It is not fair in the least to expect people in that position to have to fend for themselves.
BUT… I draw the line at giving people 99 weeks of unemployment benefits when there are jobs out there to be had. Maybe not that pay what you were making before you got laid off, but there are jobs out there that you could be doing. Mowing yards, cleaning houses, washing cars; the list goes on. The truth of the matter is that so many people are complaining about illegal aliens taking jobs away from Americans but those who are complaining the loudest are the ones who refuse to go out and do one of those very jobs being held by an illegal alien. Those are the people to whom I am referring when I call out the lazy, worthless bums who sit at home watching television and waiting for their welfare check to come in the mail.
So you lost your job. It is not the government’s responsibility to give you a check for doing nothing. Chinese philosopher Confucius once said, “In a nation that is well-governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a nation that is poorly-governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” I have always maintained that poverty is a choice. I’ve taken a lot of flak for that comment, but when you realize that those who are living on government assistance often have a better lifestyle than most middle-class Americans and yet are considered to be living below the so-called “poverty level” then there is something clearly wrong with the system.
Money is not the answer. If money were the solution to all of America’s problems, then it would only take about five years of collecting taxes to solve all the problems of this nation. Our education system sucks yet we keep throwing money at it as if the education system failure is a money problem. If the problem were truly that there isn’t enough money flowing into education then all the increases in funding over the years would have solved the problem. We keep throwing money at education and the problem still exists. Einstein once said, “Following the same set of operations and expecting a different result is the height of insanity.” We throw money and the problem doesn’t get fixed. Sounds like we’re wasting our money.
Punishing the rich for making more money than the average middle-class family isn’t the answer either. The president has repeatedly rung that bell. Remember Joe the Plumber? He didn’t force then candidate 0bama to say that he believed in redistributing wealth. 0bama said that wholly on his own and yet no one believed he was serious. This most recent tongue-lashing of the rich and plan to steal even more money from them is nothing more than Act III, Scene 5 of the same play 0bama’s been running since 2007 when he started campaigning for president. If he were truly interested in job creation, he’d make the Bush tax cuts permanent, call for a repeal of his idiotic attempt at healthcare reform and tell China to go suck an egg. Then he would cut the corporate tax rates and give incentives to American companies to bring their overseas jobs back to America where Americans could have someplace to work. 0bama’s third year is rapidly coming to a close and Americans have to ask themselves one question:
Are you really better off now than you were four years ago?
Fair isn’t always equal, but fair is the right thing to do. Some are going to have a lot and some are going to have a little because those who have a lot are the ones who are working the hardest. Those who have a little don’t work as hard or as smart as those who have a lot.