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INCOME INEQUALITY – PART TWO

Because the term, income inequality, to this unenlightened oaf, seems vague and ambiguous, I Googled it and here’s a definition: Income Inequality refers to the extent to which income is distributed in an uneven manner among a population. In the United States, income inequality, or the gap between the rich and everyone else, has been growing markedly, by every major statistical measure for some 30 years. This whole definition or concept is disturbing, particularly the part that says, “to the extent to which income is distributed in an uneven manner.”

First and foremost, income is money earned by an individual or a business. The individual or the business is totally responsible for the income it receives. For simplicities sake, I’m going to focus on the individual. An individual can choose to train for a job or career. Hopefully, that individual will get a job and earn a desired income with a goal to grow in the job, get promotions, and earn as much money as possible.

I have a few friends who say that they’re in the high income bracket and love their job and love their employer. I have one friend, in particular, who I don’t think has ever been happy with her job or the salary she receives. This person, though, has never taken steps to change her work situation. While she certainly has control of her job situation and could make changes, she chooses to stay put and complain incessantly, making everyone miserable when they are around her.

Most of us are in the middle. There are some aspects of our jobs that we like and some aspects of our jobs that we don’t like. Furthermore, I suspect that most of us would like to make more money. It’s a world of give and take. While we may consider ourselves “stuck” in a job, there is now decree that says you have to stay in that job and earn the salary that comes with it. Circumstances may keep you from making changes, but again, there is no decree forcing you to remain at your job.

My point in having said all of the above: The money you make or the income you earn is something that you, the individual or you the business, control. When the individual controls his or her income, how can something like income inequality be a mantra for the left and something they must eliminate?

If someone choses to drop out of high school, gets a job sweeping floors, and can only afford to rent a room in a boarding house in a high crime/low income part of town, why is that anyone’s problem or anyone’s business? On the other hand, if someone else, chooses to go to college, then to medical school, then becomes a successful doctor, and earns a huge income, again, why is that anyone’s problem?

The liberals are going to make a victim out of the floor sweeper. He had to drop out of school because he was bullied, he left his parents’ home because he was abused. To add insult to injury, his intelligence level is such that he can probably do no better than sweep floors for a living. The doctor, on the other hand, came from an upper middle class family and his intelligence level is that of a genius. He had the means to attend college and medical school and while there, he received top grades. He was then hired into an established practice and when the time came, he established his own practice. “It’s just not fair, they’re going to cry. We have to go after that rich doctor and make him pay.”

I feel sorry, and I think we all do when we see someone like the floor sweeper who will probably be stuck in a menial job for the rest of his life. No two people are alike. Never the less, we must take what talents that God has given us and do our best with those talents. Our planet is not a perfect place and won’t be a perfect place until Jesus returns and sets up his one thousand year reign.

As my Dad used to say, “There are sad stories all over.” As individuals, we should certainly help those less fortunate. The United States of America was founded on the principle that government would be limited, thereby giving individual citizens freedom to achieve with no limits. Some may choose to live a simple life where their income is limited, but there is more time to spend with family and do other things. Others may choose to work seven days a week, earn a high income so they can drive luxury cars, purchase multiple luxury homes, and take European vacations two or three times a year. In the United States of America, it’s our right to choose.

The liberals are always going to go back to the floor sweeper whose life is always going to be dismal, and ask us conservatives what we’re going to do about him. Just as the liberals crammed Obamacare down our throats, screwing up the health insurance for 85% of Americans just for the sake of the 15% of Americans who did not have health insurance, they’re going to continue to seek out and destroy everyone who they consider has done well for the sake of a small number of individuals who, according to them, were kept down by the evil rich.

While I realize that I’m preaching to the choir because very few liberals read my blog, we all know that the liberals don’t care about the floor sweeper and his menial existence. That’s not it at all. Their desire is to control as much of your life as possible. Pontificating about income inequality is just a smoke screen for the ultimate goal, an economic system which has at its core concept, from each according to his ability, to each, according to his need.

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INCOME INEQUALITY – PART ONE

Democrats/liberals/progressives or whatever they want to call themselves have coined the phrase “Income Inequality,” something they must address, a terrible wrong that they must right. I’ll be the first to admit that this unenlightened oaf has been confused as to what the left actually wants. Do they want everyone to make the same amount of money? In other words, do they want people who sweep floors and clean toilets to make the same amount of money as one who performs delicate brain surgery or writes the code to launch missiles with nuclear warheads should the United States comes under attack? Surely not! With the tolerant left, you never know.

To you liberals, I may be an unenlightened oaf, but doesn’t the individual have control over his or her own income? Doesn’t the individual have a choice on his or her education and training? Doesn’t that individual have control on how far he or she goes, once hired, by the value of his or her work as an employee?

Having said the above, I realize than not everyone is cut out to be a brain surgeon or a high level software engineer. I could never do brain surgery, but have managed to do mid-level software engineering in the manufacturing and financial sectors. I do recognize that there are individuals out there who are probably not cable of much more than sweeping floors and cleaning toilets.

Because this concept of income inequality puzzles this unenlightened oaf, I researched the definition. According to most sources, income inequality refers to the extent to which income is distributed in an uneven manner among the population. The definition goes on to indicate that in the United States income inequality, or the gap between the rich and everyone else, has been growing markedly, by every major statistical measure, for some 30 years.

According to this definition…okay, I’m stumped. I was raised to believe that in this country, an individual takes control of their life at some point. For some, it is when they are a mere child, and for others, it may come much later. But you eventually take control and assume responsibility for yourself and those that may be dependent on you.

I had a boss in the early 2000s who admitted that the age of 39, he was married with a two year old daughter and playing in a rock band in a small town at a dive for people who didn’t have teeth. At 39 years of age, he realized that he didn’t want to do this anymore. He went back to school and radically changed his life.

At one point in my life, I worked with a guy who was somewhat lazy in high school. Upon high school graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, got a job in a factory, and lived with his wife in a trailer. After a few years, he decided that this wasn’t the life that he wanted. He went to college and earned his degree. He turned his life around, but unfortunately died from cancer when he was way too young to die.
The above two gentlemen took charge of their lives and did what they had to do in order to transition from a life that was, in their eyes, unacceptable, to something they considered acceptable considering their responsibilities. THEY DID WHAT THEY FELT THEY HAD TO DO!

That’s what we all hopefully do. Yes, we make mistakes and yes, we have regrets. I often wonder what if I had done this instead of that. Never-the-less, I have worked with the talents that God gave me in order to not only survive, but to have a few shiny toys and some good memories.

The money we earn through the utilization of our talents and through hard work is a result of the blessings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. What we earn and what we have is on loan from God. Through God, and only through God, we have what we have.

The Democrats/liberals/progressives pontificate about income inequality and it seems as though they feel like what we earn as individuals is not ours nor is it God’s, but it belongs to the government. Somehow, through their twisted way of thinking, those folks who earn a substantial income and are able to afford nice things, are somehow lucky. The fact that they took charge of their lives through training and hard work means nothing.

Furthermore, again through twisted liberal thinking, they cheated the minimum wage worker who spends his or her money on drugs and alcohol; and therefore cannot make his or her car payment or rent payment. Thus, what they earn should be sucked up by the government and re-distributed equitable to everyone, making everyone “equal.”

For the person who earns slightly more than minimum wage working at a convenience store and is getting a subsidy from the government so he or she can afford a nice car and a nice apartment (maybe even a house), eat at nice restaurants and take frequent trips, where is the incentive to train for a higher paying job, then work hard to advance? For the middle-aged professional who works 50 to 60 hours a week at a stressful job to be able to afford a luxury automobile, a nice home in an upscale neighborhood, to send his children to college so they won’t be saddled with student loans, and to take nice vacations, what’s the use of continuing working so hard if the government is just going to take a huge chunk of what he or she earns and distribute it to the convenience store clerk, thereby making his or her lifestyle comparable to that of the convenience store clerk.

Congratulations current administration, congratulations Bernie Sanders because this is your central theme, and congratulations to all Democrats/liberals/progressives. You’re well on your way to destroying one of the most important pillars upon which this country was founded. You love to pass out your shiny wrapped packages and tell us we must open them to see what’s in them and when we do, the vipers those packages contain strike with fury.

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