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Armstrong Williams: “The Wealthy Are A True Minority”

Armstrong Williams: “The Wealthy Are A True Minority”

 

Somehow, despite being uncovered as a paid shill who in the past has been hired by groups to push their propaganda under the guise of writing columns, conservative writer Armstrong Williams is still being given column space to pontificate about the state of the U.S. government.  His latest lament?  How difficult the rich in this country have it.  After all, they have been given the daunting responsibility for caring for a large portion of the country’s wealth, a challenging task indeed.

Armstrong writes: “The wealthy are a true minority in the world and are often criticized and ridiculed for their success in spite of the fact that everyone, given the choice, would rather try it rich than continue being poor.” But before you think he is really referring to those hard working, nose to the grindstone rich, he closes his piece by discussing inherited wealth — something that takes no more effort than the fortune to be born into the right family.  “I don’t know where it originated, but the cliché ‘the poor get poorer and the rich get richer’ has been in use for some time, implying that the poor will never rise out of poverty. Is this true? Why do people stay mired in poverty while others can pass on generational wealth?”

Is it really the result of hard work not to squander away a fortune, when provided with million dollar annual bonuses or multimillion dollar inheritances?  And is it harder work than working two or more jobs in an attempt to bring yourself out of poverty?  Plus, doesn’t calling the rich the “true minority” both belittle the struggles of real minorities and place a group of people who are in many ways the most privileged in the world in a status of somehow being victimized?

 

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12:33PM PDT on Sep 4, 2011

A social safety net should be considered the launching pad and stabilizing stage for a healthy sustainable economy. Capitalism only works when it's constantly growing and consumming a finite supply of resources.If 'creating jobs' is the only means of support then you have to make stuff that wears out fast so you can keep people working and wasteing. We are at that point and we must find better ways for people to use their time than doing mind numbing jobs that use up resources.Working 10 hours a day 6 days a week is only smart if you're doing something you love and that adds value to your life and the community around you.

12:18PM PDT on Sep 4, 2011

I did the math with my calculater that Mike C suggested. If some one saved $10. week [52 weeks in a year ] it comes out to $520. a year.multiplied by 30 years =$15,600. Are we suppposed to be impressed with that? Or do 'succesful' people have a different math they use?
Then there's this claim about there still being the same percentage of poor now as dureing the 60's, as if the poverty programs don't work. Maybe it's because there are still the same percentage of low wage jobs that somebody has to do. If ALL business paid a living wage it would go a long way to closeing the income gap,and if they couldn't afford to without going broke the government would still need to pick up the slack, in which case, they would be subsidizeing both worker and business.
And no, not everybody can or wants to do what Mike C did.Some of us have very different priorities and we are still ENTITLED to a decent standard of living and if that means the wealthy pay more taxes, then so be it! The point is, if you want to live in a civilized country you do not let people go around, homeless, hungry, or sick. And those who still think supplying people with basic needs so they can participate in the culture creates an unhealthy dependency, I suggest they are talking about their own little rich kids, not the general population, and certainly not the poor.Ideas ment for one strata do not make any sense at other levels. A social safety net should be considered the launching pad and stabilizing stage for

9:47PM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Patrick F
Mike C is already leaking toxic waste everytime he posts a post on here...

9:39PM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Mike C
I don't give a rat's behind how much money a person makes, it is what they do with that money that I care about. Too many are using that money to erode democracy in state after state. Too many CEOs who make millions of dollars a year are the ones who try to keep the minimum wage down. Too many who are at the top got there by the labors of those they look down upon, too many try to stay at the top by pushing those below them under the surface. Too many belong to an organization that is now openly trying to subvert our democracy via state legislators and governors they have bought and paid for over the years. Too many of those in ALEC are also followers of the John Birch Society, an organization that is so racial it was banned from the Republican party for decades, who's founder was so traumatized by a low level Politburo member and his rants about the USSR infiltrating American institutions that he spent the rest of his life trying to tear down those institutions. I care when they use that money to take over a grassroots org and manipulate it to defeat legislative change that these people would have been the beneficiaries of. What I do care about is them using that money to overturn 235 years of democracy.
“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. “~Abraham Lincoln

10:42AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

So, I am not against 'rich' people, but it is those people who buy votes, who buy politicians to change the constitution, in order to protect their wealth, it is those people who do not take the needs of the very people who buy the products their businesses (if they actually had businesses, and are not riding the coat tails of their ancestor's hard work) made, seriously. There is some serious money held off shore that we Americans pay the taxes for, that get tax breaks. I believe that most of the very wealthy use the system against us, so as to keep more of that money at their disposal. It is fair that they pay taxes like the rest of us. It is fair if they are taxed at a higher rate for moving the manufacturing businesses to an overseas location to reduce labor costs, and we should be boycotting all of them in order to make a statement to our business leaders, we will no longer support you, since you don't support us. Is that not a reasonable response to them taking advantage of the system they keep tweaking? Certainly it will cost us more for goods, but those goods we will take better care of and not dispose of them so quickly.

4:12AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

I feel so sorry for this true minority - having to protect their wealth! It mus keep them awake at night with worry.

5:37PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Mike C. 1. Not all successful people are worthy of our admiration. 2.The not so rich also volunteer they also donate a what money they can afford to programs , so just because you may not see them at your organization it could be the building was donated or the wing of the hospital you were in. You won't see it being called the "not so rich guy's name" wing which makes the charity completely clean without praise and recognition.

5:19PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

1 some people learn from sussessful people other hate successful people
2 the rich do volunteer they also donate a lot of money to programs, so just because you may not see then at your organization it could be the building was donated or the wing of the hospital you were in.

12:48PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Yep Robert, and not everyone has a nice father in law to help them out of a jam either. :-) If you got a good family you probably won't need government help through a bad patch, but it can really help some people get back on their feet.

I agree with Mike C about the working hard and not spending all your money on toys, but it's nice to have a bit of safety net if life throws you for a loop.

I'm working 7 days a week self-employed to try and make the top 25% and recover from earlier bad choices, and so far I've never needed food stamps or any other government aid, but I'm lucky enough to have a strong back, and have always been able to find some sort of work when I needed it.

I hope if I do manage to be financially successful I don't suddenly turn Republican and start bitching about the "lazy" poor people all the time. :-) I sure know some pretty hard working poor people. I've known a few of the lazy, mooching kind too, but I see no evidence they make up a majority of the poor.

Most of the people I know who do get some kind of government aid have some kind of disability which really limits their job options too. If I couldn't go out and dig ditches, mow lawns and chop up firewood for extra cash when times were tough I might have needed a bit of government help too. These days even the hard labor work can be hard to find.

12:01PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

TIMING is EVERYTHING!

Its not a matter of waiting for the government to fix things. its a matter of being born in the right time or the wrong time. If you are in the right place at the right time and can take advantage of said opportunity, then life can be good. But MOST people aren't there the exact best time.

If I had been born 5 years sooner and worked for the same company I would have gotten a 500 gran retirement package. Instead I got 25 grand. Timing is everything. Being prepared and educating yourself to take advantage of the timing is very important. But the wrong timing will do little with your preparedness.

I told my son- in-law , who was making well into 6 figures. Enjoy it like its there…..because it can disappear as fast as it came. Of course he laughed at me and said anyone can do this Dad. I will never be without this kind of money because I have talent. 5 Years later I was half supporting him. His dad did the other half. After 4 years he was back in the swing. Not near where he was ……but doing well. Did he lawn anything from the experience? NOPE…..he may the same arguments Mike does….criticized just like Nike does. Without HELP he would have lost his home and everything else. I am happy Mike struggled and won the game. He should enjoy it all. But there is NO NONE NADA assuredness that MOST people will enjoy the same fruits.

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