I come from a wealthy family, but always the black sheep and rebel. I now work for very wealthy people myself and yes, many did work hard to attain their wealth however to me the problem is not how much they have in their bank accounts but rather their attitudes towards those of us who work hard to "serve" them. As long as their lives are unhindered by "going without" they do not give a damn for the hardships faced by the poor. I do not like rich people; they believe money makes them better than others. So not true. Best people on earth are the poor; didn't someone once say "blessed are the poor. . . for they shall see God."
I can only say you work for the wrong people. Those I work for are as close to friends as I have ever had. They respect me because I stand on my own 2 feet, I ask for nothing. One gent went out and bought a 2002 chevy express van, with 6 months insurance paid, and gave me the keys. I came very close to refusing the gift. I did not want it, but I realized I could make more money with a more reliable vehicle. In 2006, for my birthday I was given a 1995 boston whaler boat.
I am himeless right now. My clients know this, and they respect the fact I still ask for nothing. I sleep in my best friends vacant house with no power or water. I use a power inverter to run my computer so I can watch movies or listen to music. I bathe by filling up gallon milk jugs. I have work but am paying off probation and trying to survive obomanomics and cannot afford a place to live. I am alo I have nothing against the "poor". I am poor and I also grew up in West Virginia. So, I know all about being poor. I am also saving what I can so I can buy a piece of land in the mtns.
Before the econmy tanked, I had a good business. I rented a nice 2 br house. When i moved in, my clients furnished it fully. I have teak furniture. I have nice arrt for the walls. I have electronics, all given to me by clients. I refuse to sell my belongings because I have hope for the future. I did not ask for any of it, it was offered. If I did not want it, I would not have accepted these items. NO, I did not need the furniture, I had my own.
What I am against is the occutard losers who want everything handed to them, without working for it. In many areas of the country there is work. It just takes ambition to go after it. I turned down a several "real job" because I refuse to work for mexican wages. I have learned my trades and i will not work for what I did 15 years ago when I learned these skills. I get paid for whatt I know as well as what I can do. I am not going to do my skilled labor for laborer wages. 15 years ago I was working for $10-$12 per hour.
I know many people who refuse to work at mc donalds because they will lose their foodstamps. I have no respect for people like that. Life is what you make of it. I made mine more difficult because of bad choices in my youth. It is not the fault of the rich. They did not put a straw up my nose or a joint in my hand, I did. refuse to make them pay for my bad choices and mistakes. I get nothing for free. I sell my skills and knowledge. My quality of work speaks for itsself. Which is why I have worked in one neieghborhood for 11 years. Everybody has a skill and some ability they can market.
If somebody has a way to make life better for those who want it, that does not require me or anyone to pay half of our wages in taxes, let me hear it. Foodstamps should be like unemployement, fill out 10 job apps a week, and the help will run out after a time. That way there is some encouragement to look for and get a job.
The only thing in life I am"entitled" to is a hard time. When I look in the mirror, I respect what I see, what I have become. I take great pride in asking nothing and supporting myself.
I believe the reservation system is the governments forst forray into socialism. Per treaty teh government is supposed to provide food, medical, housing, all the "comforts of life". Yet how is that working? IT blows, it doesnot work. It has not worked for 200 years. If the government can not uphold the treaty provisions, these responsibilities for a popultation of less than10 million people, how can it offer the same "benifits" to a population of a couple hundred million people? Those on the reservations are the ony ones entitled to anything. Thoose treaties should be honored sto the fullest extent. Why should I support some loser in say, new york city because all he wants to do is sit on the computer and play video games. I shouldnt, no one should support that. And, yes, I know people lke that. They would rather play games that look for work. I have seen it with myb own eyes.