Success Should Be Encouraged, Not Punished

Success Should Be Encouraged, Not Punished

President Obama promised to bring this country together after the policies of the Bush administration divided the country so deeply.  Obama promised to be the President of all people.

That was before he was elected.  More than two and a half years later, the country remains divided.  President Obama and his new campaign to create a war between the so-called haves and have nots is, unfortunately, aimed at creating an even greater divide.

His repeated attempts to demonize hard working people and singling out people making $200,000 annually and couples who make $250,000 are evidence of his warmongering.

While I was watching the recent Republican debate, the public was asked on to vote on who they considered to be rich.  The options were $100,000, $250,000, $500,000 or $1 million income.

Thirteen percent of those polled thought someone was rich with a $100K income.  Well, maybe $100K a year might seem like a lot, but did anyone think about what that person had to do to earn such a salary?  The majority thought $1 million income meant someone was rich.

Did those polled consider the fact that earning $100,000 provides a very different standard of living if you’re in New York City as opposed to living in Mountain, Arkansas?

How exactly did someone come to earning that salary?  Did he achieve it because he set a goal for himself, went to college, persevered and accomplished what he set out to do and earned a worthwhile degree?  Does he have student loans to pay back?

What’s his lifestyle like?  How many people are being supported by the income?  Does he have children?  Do they go to public or private school?  Does someone in the family have serious medical problems requiring an in-home caretaker?  Does he live in an apartment or own a home with all the additional expenses that goes along with it?

These kinds of questions are never asked.  Focusing, as Obama does, on one single factor in a person’s life – one’s income – can’t and shouldn’t determine whether someone is rich.  It’s wrong on so many levels.  Despite Obama’s belief, one size does not fit all.

Getting back to Obama’s plan to raise taxes on people earning $200,000 and couples earning $250,000, how many of those people are running small businesses and actually employing people?  My husband and I run a law practice inWashington and California and you wouldn’t believe the amount of overhead we have from computers, printers, copiers, fax machine, telephones, supplies library, insurance, and the expenses go on and on, and let’s not forget, of course, the taxes.

What’s really outrageous, but not surprising, is that Obama waited until now to reveal his latest plan to fix the economy by raising taxes in order to create jobs.  No one with any sense believes raising taxes is a good thing nor do I believe the government creates jobs – but Obama does.  He also knows the House will never pass this bill so he’s doing it with the obvious intention of making the Republicans look bad and will blame them for not passing his miracle cure for all that ails America.

He could’ve passed anything he wanted with the Democrat-controlled Congress, but nooooo, he wasted months getting Obamacare passed while ignoring the economy.  Instead, we’ll be hearing from now until Election Day what horrible demons the Republicans are for not helping him create jobs.

Unfortunately, he may succeed.  You just have to read the comments after any article about the President’s new plan and you’ll find a whole lot of Obamabots chanting his mantra, “tax the rich, the rich don’t pay their fair share.”

Personally, I don’t ever count anyone else’s money.  There’ll always be those who earn more than I do, and I say, God bless them.  I’m sure they work hard, did what was necessary to get ahead, and should not be penalized for or feel ashamed of their accomplishments.  Obama and his policies, on the other hand, punish people for doing well.  If they’re not punishing success, they’re sure as hell taking away the incentive to be prosperous.

It’ll never happen, but if Mr. Obama asked me for my definition of “rich,” I’d tell him the following.  If someone  stopped working today and lived off of the income from their own assets and investments for the rest of their lives – without government handouts – and maintained the exact same lifestyle they had while they worked, they’re doing very well.  But honestly, I don’t know anyone in that position.

This country has always rewarded those who took advantage of our education system, worked hard, and advanced themselves personally and professionally.  Unfortunately, a lot of people have forgotten how success is achieved.

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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  • Derpanese

    Are you seriously saying that a person who supports 3 kids, sends them to private school and pays for medical bills, with say, 200k/year is as poor as a person who can barely support 3 kids, let alone pay for private school a pay for little Billy’s medical bill?

    You should take your own advice, what about you stop counting in $ and start counting in quality of life?
    Oh right… you can’t put that in a calculator…

    “I’m sure they work hard, did what was necessary to get ahead, and should
    not be penalized for or feel ashamed of their accomplishments.”
    Let’s talk about the Walton family (Walmart), shall we? And how they did what was necessary to get ahead, like paying their employees piss poor wages, providing them with… no? social benefits, bought goods that were the fruit of child exploitation in other countries.

    It’s like you idiots rich apologists live on another planet. People exploit other people to get rich, either directly or indirectly. They don’t create all that wealth with their 2 hands only. Those computers, printers, copiers, fax machine you have the misfortune of having to buy, poor you, are the fruit of exploitative labor. You wouldn’t be where you are today if there was no exploitation. Someone always gets exploited somewhere down the chain. And YOU whine that you have to give some back?

    I can’t wait to see how well your law practice will do when there no longer is a middle class to pay for your services (if they can afford it at the moment). It’s like you idiots don’t realize that an economy needs a STRONG middle class and a shrinking middle class for the economy to be kept afloat.

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  • Ron F

    I am not sure taxes punish success. During the Clinton years the country experienced good growth and had a tax surplus with higher tax rates. I believe that under Ronald Reagan dividends and capital gains were taxed at regular income tax rates and not at special rates. As for the lifestyle factors in the article, the tax code does take the factors in consideration. I don’t even mind the divisiveness. It is politics. I expect it. On the other hand, I dislike the dishonesty of the debate. The rich pay more than their fair share of taxes. They also pay taxes at a rate that is about twice as high as middle income earners and at a rate that is about four times as high as lower income earners. The tax rates on long-term capital gains and on dividends might be less than high earners would pay on earned income but they are still at a higher rate than what middle and lower earners pay. If I am correct, the three largest loopholes in income tax are medical insurance, home mortgage, and retirement plan deductions. It is just dishonest to say that high earners pay taxes at a lower rate. Other than what the framers had in mind, per capita taxation, there is no fair tax system. If there is a sales tax, consumers pay more than individuals with a low consumption. It seems just as illogical as taxation on income. I live in California. Due to Proposition 13, I may pay significantly less in property taxes than my neighbor who purchased his or her house more recently. I would be more impressed with President Obama if he would admit what he is proposing is not fair but that is where the money is and it allows him to expand government with only a few people having to pay for it. It reminds me of Willie Sutton who when asked why he robbed banks, replied that it was where the money is. President Obama wants to tax high income earners because that is where the most money is. Couching the debate as fair share is just dishonest.

  • Vince Ricardo

    I constantly tell my 10-year-old son that the greatest thing the USA gives him is the opportunity to receive exactly what he’s willing to put into it. If he wants to be successful, then he needs to study and work hard and the sky’s the limit on how well he will do. Imagine if I also added the caveat: Oh, and the more well off you become, the more they’ll take from you. Some motivation that would be.

    If you truly, TRULY want to motivate your fellow Americans, Mr. Obama, and especially our future, the youth, then knock off your “fair share” rhetoric nonsense and tell your target audience that they need to get off of their collective butts and motivate THEMselves to be the best they can be and do the best they can do instead of waiting for the next handout from those that decided they wanted to do well ON THEIR OWN.

    • Derpanese

      You should stop telling your son lies.
      – Student loan bubble victims
      – Barely-enough-to-get-by-mininmum wage workers

  • G. Daylan

    Five hundred and thirty five “rich” people inhabit the halls of Congress. Of course Obama knows that these people are not going to pass laws to their own detriment. Also, millionaires buy Congress, men and women, so his whole rant is rhetoric.

    We should notice also how easily men are corrupted and become wicked, although originally good and well educated. – Niccoló Machiavelli

  • Roger Ward

    From the very beginning, Obama has promoted and endorsed class warfare. His proposal to “tax the rich” is just the most obvious example of this (so far.)

    As to our present unemployment situation, to paraphrase Larry Elder’s father: “I never had a poor man give me a job.” Just try to reconcile that statement with Obama’s class warfare philosophy.

    Whatever you think of Obama, the fact is that his European inspired socialist ideology will always drive his decisions and direction. I have no hatred for Obama personally, but his leftist, big-government beliefs will always force him to make decisions that are contrary to the best interests of the American people. It’s Obama’s unchangeable belief systems that are the problem.

  • chief98110

    I am beginning to see the future of America like the images of Los Angeles in the movie “Blade Runner”.
    Basic society disintegrated into the have nots stuck on earth and the very rich living on another world. There is no question that envy of the rich, as defined by Obama, is growing and his rhetoric seems to appeal to his base. The Republican presidential candidate needs to point to the European model that Obama wants to pattern his American Dream into and remind folks that it doesn’t work.
    If it wasn’t for the taxes I will have to pay this year, I’d hop on the next space shuttle out of here.

    • Derpanese

      It doesn’t work? Are you for real?
      What about you come back down to earth before you think of leaving?

  • DOOM161

    You’re missing a key point. Obama repeatedly claims that he simply wants millionaires and billionaires (anyone making over $250k) to pay their fair share. What he hasn’t said (and never will say) is what their fair share is.

    And he never mentions that a billionaire has 1,000x the networth of a billionaire.

    • Think!

      Truth be told: American is blessed. If your hands are not tied, everyone’s got the opportunity to do amazing things with their lives, irrespective of what Obama tries to do. The divide being proposed by Obama bears the semblance of communism, in a modified version. Let all go to work, study the principles of success, look away from Govt as their source of supply, and begin to allow their creative geniuses come to the surface, and we’ll see a more dynamic America. As per taking more from some because they’ve paid their dues and risen financially, it’s similar to telling the smart kid in the class to start his test 1/2 hr after the other “dumb” students have begun theirs; afterall, life should be fair!