US expects too much from a few top earners

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US expects too much from a few top earners

Published Friday, January 4, 2013   |  207 Words  |  

I wasn't, then was, but now no longer am a 2 percenter. This brief economic scenario probably sums up the financial fortunes of most of today's relatively successful Americans.

So after our 20 or 30 years of hard work and a bit of luck, our nation elects a government that will further tax the 2 percenters' brief moment of success.

How is it that we demand the labor of others to be used to provide benefits that we did not earn for ourselves? While it is a given that the truly disadvantaged should be helped, when did able-bodied people come to believe that others should pay for our out-of-wedlock children, forgive our student loans, pay for our health care, lower our mortgage debt and give us a paycheck for 99 weeks without doing a lick of work?

Given our ludicrous government debt and unfunded liabilities, it is obvious that we cannot afford what we have voted to receive. Since we have voted for four more years of reaping what others have sown, plus living on a credit card, will some astute Obama voter tell us how we eventually wind up living "happily ever after"?

Peter F. Zych

Hilton Head Island