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February 10, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: Feb. 10, 2013


Success something all should hope for

Letter writer Bruce Sheets, on Jan. 25, 2013, stated that “The GOP only cares about the rich 1 percent.”



Bruce Sheets is just parroting the tired old democratic progressive talking points like every other loyal, uninformed party foot soldier does these days, especially since Obama has made class warfare his calling card.

The Democrats want you to believe one of the oldest fairy tales in the book, namely that the GOP is “the party of the rich.” Since “the rich” makes up about 1 percent of the population, that would mean that the rest of us in the GOP (ordinary, non-rich folks) would be feverishly working like little lemmings to be sure “the rich” stayed rich, because, after all, that’s all we care about. Our number one concern is “the rich.” By golly, we want to take care of those rich people. We only care about them.

Now, doesn’t all that sound just a little stupid when looked at it like that? Do any of us feel we have to look out for the wealthy?

What I would say is that the GOP, or, more correctly, conservatives in general, root for the success of individuals and companies in America. We applaud success, we want to see people rise above their circumstances, to be part of the American dream. Whenever I talk to someone who is starting a business, expanding a business, going back to school (as I did), or otherwise taking a risk in order to get a big bite of that American pie, I always say, “I hope you make a million dollars,” and I genuinely mean it. After all, successful people make it better for the rest of us. Did you ever get a job from a poor person? Did that homeless guy at the off-ramp ever hold up a sign saying he would hire you?

How about taxes? Most of the tax burden in this country is shouldered by “the rich,” who I prefer to call “successful people.” “The rich” pay more than 90 percent of U.S. taxes. That’s a pretty good deal for the rest of us, huh? Aren’t we glad to have ’em? Shouldn’t we want more of ’em? Shouldn’t we encourage success in America instead of punishing it?

Obama wants “the rich” to pay their “fair share.” I’d say greater than 90 percent of the total is more than “fair.” If you and I go to the ballgame and have pizza after and I pick up more than 90 percent of the tab, I think you’ll be pretty happy with that, unless your name happens to be Obama, then you might cry and whine that I need to pony up some more.

The Democrats want to make you believe that “rich” is a zero-sum game, in other words, I get rich by making you poor. When someone makes money, someone else loses money. They say rich people got that way on “the backs of the poor.” There is more than one pie in America, and lots and lots of bites to be taken. Sure, not everyone will make a million, and not everyone has the tools to get rich (many may have the tools but lack the work ethic), but, barring physical or mental hindrance, we all have the opportunity to try, and isn’t it great when we see someone who succeeds in spite of hindrance that would surely defeat most of us? Those things don’t happen in very many places outside America.

I would say in conclusion that I hope for everyone to succeed in America, and I think that that hope is shared not only by the GOP, but by all good Americans. I hope we as a country do not throw in with that crowd that wants to punish success and redistribute income in the name of “fairness.” They always think they can create heaven on earth by giving your money to someone else, whether he did anything to deserve help or not. Their schemes have been responsible for the worst crimes in history (the Soviet Union, Red China, Cuba, etc.), and they all started with the good intention of making everyone equal and destroying “the rich.”

— James E. Stephens, M.D.


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