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Rich: The New Dirty Word?

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Has anyone ever wondered why “rich” has become the new dirty word? Watching political debate, it continues to be espoused that the “rich” are not paying their fair share, the “rich” need to pay more.

If you ask the average person on the street or any student in a high school classroom across America if they would like to be “rich”, the most likely answer will be yes.

It almost seems we are confused, we want to be “rich” or wealthy, but at the same time we seem to despise folks who are classified as wealthy. We tell our kids to go to college, get a good job, work hard and you’ll get a high wage job…you might even become wealthy. How many students decide to go to college so they can get a low wage job?

When a high school student was asked about a possible solution to the budget crisis in the state of Wisconsin recently, the solution offered was to raise taxes on the “rich” who can afford to pay for it.

Over and over it seems that the only solution to nation-wide budget deficits and poor job creation is to tax the “rich”.

So I ask you again, why has “rich” become a dirty word? If we despise the “rich” so much, why do we seem to work so hard trying to become “rich”?

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February 17, 2011 |
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