This mentality has been painfully obvious to me for some time now. Nobody cares about their own quality of life except in comparison to others. It’s quite disturbing.
I told this story in another thread awhile back, but I think it is relavent to this thread.
For christmas, my grandmother still gives all the grandchildren and their spouses a check for not much money. I think it was $20. She does have 20 or 30 grandchildren. My sister asked me how much we got. I told her $20 each.
Now, she spends quite a bit of time talking with my grandmother and visting with her when she is in town. I spend virtually no time with my grandmother.
Her comment was priceless. She admitted to hoping that I would have received less than her, becuase I don’t pay much attention to my grandmother. She was perfectly happy with her $20 until she found out that I had also received $20.
If $20 registers on give-shit-meter, can you imagine how insane some people get when others are making millions more?
There are policies that will absolutly raise the standard of living for virtually all americans, but these policies are not politically correct becuase someone may be proportionally better off.
Like somehow my neighbor making more money than me effects my quality of life in any negative way. Quite the opposite. He’ll probably be more likely to pick up the bar tab.[/quote]
Good post. I find it hard to admit it but we live in a time that the greater good - if it happens to mean that some folks get rich, stay rich, etc. - takes a back seat to what some perceive as ‘fair’. Even though fair does not work for or benefit anyone.
I used to say that I resented democrats for playing class warfare every four years. “Every four years, everyone hates ‘the rich’”, I’d say. “The other three, everyone wants to BE rich.” It’s not like that anymore, especially in Obama’s America. I think we are entering a time when wealth is punished. We’ll see less investment, less innovation, less risk-taking, less profit, less prosperity, and fewer people becoming ‘rich’. Fewer small businesses, fewer employers, fewer jobs.
One thing you can say: It’s a month in and it’s already apparent that Obama was being honest when he said we ‘gotta spread that wealth around’.