Days of Change

Day 1236 – Power and Money

March 24, 2012

I think this is an appropriate topic since I’m doing my taxes tonight.

One of the interesting things about the new movie “Hunger Games” is that people seem to see the future in that world as either ruled by an oppressive government or an oligarchy of the wealthy. Stop, you’re both right. Conservatives like to blame the overreach of government and liberals blame the undue influence of the rich. The real trouble is when both groups team up. This happens constantly.

Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.

– Twelfth Night, Act II, Scene V).

The rich and powerful are either born into it or achieve it on their own in some way. Democracies are the only way people can gain political influence without being connected and it still happens the other way very often regardless. In dictatorships, most of the rich and powerful were born into it and it is concentrated in those families until the society changes. In corrupt governments, the rich buy their influence in a weak government. In a democracy like the United States, the rich have to buy influence and then leverage that influence into action.

I hear a lot about President Obama wanting to tax the rich, but I haven’t seen him do much about it. The Democrats had all the legislative powers locked up for two years and did not even pass a budget, let alone tax increases. What I did see was nearly a billion dollars go into an Obama campaign and over a trillion dollars go out in kind to donors, be they unions or Solyndra.

Republicans seem to give more lip service to the achievers in the country a the possible expense of the lower classes. In the end, I prefer expanding the power of the wealthy over that of the government. Ultimately, only the government has the power to compel your actions at gunpoint. For that matter, they’re also the ones to take away your guns at gunpoint as well.

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