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Chris LoCurto


August 20, 2012

Share The Wealth

August 20, 2012 | By | 121 Comments">121 Comments

Let me start out by saying that this is in no way a political post. I don’t care what side of the fence you are on, I just want to share an opinion about something that I think is a little crazy. Ok, a TON crazy.

There is a lot of talk right now about sharing “the wealth”. As if the wealth is something that has unfairly been divided out. As if those who have wealth, have been given it by mistake, and those who don’t, somehow didn’t get the memo that the wealth was being “given” out. That type of belief system says that all should receive equal amounts no matter what their personal input.

This I believe to be ridiculous. The thought that all folks deserve the same rewards just because they breath air is beyond me. That if I work my gluteus maximus off, someone who hasn’t should receive the same as me. And that if I receive more, it’s unfair to those who’ve decided to sit on their duff while I worked like crazy.

To illustrate this, I had an actual conversation with a very young school teacher a few years ago. This young lady was challenging the thought that perhaps wealth should be a fair split among all people. To that I proposed this quandary;

Imagine you had a room full of students, and a portion of them didn’t work as hard as the others, so they received failing grades. While those who worked really hard received A’s. Then the principal came along and said that it wasn’t fair that the hard working students got A’s, but those who didn’t work as hard, failed.

Therefore, he has decided that the A students need to give up some of their grades to the failing students, so the other students could be on the same level. How would that make you feel? Immediately she said, “That’s ridiculous! If they didn’t work for it, they sure don’t deserve it!” Obviously, I agreed.

I shared how that is the concept of sharing the wealth. It took about a nano second before she was in agreement.

So my question to you is:

Question: What is your take on sharing the wealth?