Who Cares What Percentile You Fall In?


If there’s one thing you can say about President Obama, the Democrats and their Poopstock movement, it’s that they’ve done a bang-up job of dividing Americans like never before. It’s horrible. Class warfare is horrible, and it’s no better than the way Hitler blamed everything on the Jews. Today it’s the Wall Street executives, tomorrow it will be anyone with a job.

Are there some Wall Street tycoons who game the system? Of course there are. Did banks take advantage of the progressive push for home ownership regardless of ability to pay? Of course they did. Thanks to the actions of our government officials, for decades, there’s no doubt that a lot of shady characters made out like bandits at the expense of taxpayers. Herman Cain is right, the Poopstock folks should be protesting in Washington, DC.

But this whole movement isn’t about the actions of the government that bailed out the big banks, auto companies, and failing solar companies. Not at all, it’s all about stoking hatred for those who have more than you do. It’s about envy, and it’s disgusting.

It’s so bad that to counter the “We are the 99%” theme of Poopstock, some conservatives are now saying “We’re the 53%” who pay taxes. That’s all fine and good, but when I get up in the morning to go to work I don’t think about what percentile I happen to fall in. I just go to work. So does my husband, and he works a lot harder than I do. All we want is to give our kids a better life. We’re happy to a have a roof over our heads, clothes on our backs and food on our table. We’re also fans on indoor plumbing and running water. (Something the Poopstock crowd is apparently willing to do without.)

If we want something someone else has we work harder, or save money, so we can get it. Like Herman Cain says – his father wanted a Cadillac, but he didn’t want someone else’s Cadillac, he wanted to earn it himself. That’s the American way, not envy and hatred.

Did Republicans make a mistake by making a good number of people tax-exempt? Yes, in my opinion they did. As President Obama likes to say, we should all have skin in the game. Perhaps over time we’ll elect leaders, like Herman Cain, who have the intestinal fortitude to do something about it. In the mean time, Mr. LC and I will continue to get up every day and go to work, like we always have.

Update: The Other McCain linked – thanks!

Update 2: Concealed Politics and Dan Riehl also linked – thanks!