It never ceases to amaze me. Just the other day did I hear a top-of-the-line carpenter complaining about his vastly wealthy client. All rich people are evil snobs who steal from the poor, he cried.
How ridiculous is this illogical complaint when we examine how one becomes wealthy! In America, at least, there are only three ways of acquiring great wealth. It must either be stolen, inherited, or earned.
Rich people in America do not steal their way into wealth. Perhaps a few thieves are wealthy momentarily, but by and large the wicked do not prosper. There is absolutely zero evidence to say that rich Americans are thieves, and there is an abundance of evidence to prove the opposite.
Rich people in America also do not inherit their wealth. Again, a few wealthy persons may receive “old money,” but this number is only a fraction of all the wealthy. At most, only 10% of wealthy Americans have received their wealth via an inheritance.
Now let’s examine the wealthy who earn their money. Without a doubt, it is true to say that rich people in America earn their wealth. And how can we be upset at people for earning lots of money? Wealth is simply the result of hard work over a long period of time. We all appreciate and are willing to pay for hard work, but when the hard worker reaches a certain level of wealth we suddenly decry him as an immoral cheat. How is this logical? Where in the process did the honest hard worker become immoral?
Instead of constantly preaching stupid class warfare, low and middle class Americans should look up to the wealthy. We should emulate their successful practices that won them their wealth. The beautiful thing about America is that wealth is created. If one wants to become wealthy, he must simply find a way to create his wealth. But that will never happen for those who are too busy complaining.