Despite it's faults, we still live in THE greatest nation in the world. We have more freedoms than most. We have opportunities to succeed when many others do not. There are some who want to, in the name of fairness or equality take away those freedoms. From those wanting to regulate our behavior to suit their morality to those who choose to regulate our behavior through penalizing success. They don't call it penalizing success of course, it's a tax, to raise revenues that our government needs...Why does our government need more revenue? Probably so it can continue to regulate/control the People. Our President once famously said that (and I'm paraphrasing), even faced with the surety that raising a certain tax rate would REDUCE tax revenues, he would do so in the interest of fairness.
Don't believe me?
Fairness. Some will point out that I had an advantage over those "less fortunate" in that I went to school and graduated from college. I will counter that I did those things because my parents set that expectation of me. Then they worked their butts off to make sure I had the opportunity to do just that. In the cosmic scheme of things, is it fair that my parents loved me more than your parents loved you? Probably not. When you break it down, however, you'll recognize that my "advantages" were the results of hard work. My hard work, my parents hard work, their parents hard work. We work hard in our lives, not only for our own benefit, but also to benefit those we care about. When we achieve the success we reach for, we find that not only are we supporting our loved ones, but a bloated government as well. Because, we all have to pay our "fair" share.
That my parents loved me and provided for me and made me believe that I could do ANYTHING, is this a reason to penalize me with higher taxes? How does this help make life more fair? How does a penalty for success make you try harder? If only the government could make your parents love you as much as mine loved me. Wait, no. That isn't the way of modern governance. What we need is a way to make my parents love you and provide you with as many opportunities as they provided to me. It's only fair.
Happy Valentine's Day!