“I think the president can stop it,” Obama said, when asked about the growing income gap. “The problem is that there continues to be a major debate here in Washington, and that is, how do we respond to these underlying trends?”
One must first look at the facts on the ground: we are all given different talents and abilities. For instance, there is no way that I could be a doctor, a mathematician, or a physicist. I don’t posses the drive, or ability to really work with numbers like are needed with those types of jobs. However, I do possess the talent to write, speak, and shoot; all talents I have used in my various jobs.
We are not equal in what we can do, but that doesn’t mean that we cannot find the opportunities to better ourselves and become something greater than we are born into. The main thing on success in the United States is the drive behind the person; how badly they want to achieve their goals. If you want something bad enough, you will pursue it to the ends of the earth, and eventually, you will get what you strive for.
The answer many in the Democrat party has been to take away from those who busted their butts to become successful, and give it to those who do not have the drive to pursue their goals.
I am all about giving a person a leg up, but many policies in the welfare side of things have become more of a lifestyle than that leg up. The intention was to help during hard times, not permanent solution to living.
Redistribution has been tried many times throughout the world and all throughout history, and one thing has become clear.: the longer a society continues to take from those who produce and give to those who refuse to work, the worse the society gets. As more and more people realize they don’t need to work because a social program exists to take care of their every need, they only give the bare minimum or cease entirely.
The way the programs are set up make it impossible to close the gap of income.
This is not to say that people cannot get help when they are hitting hard times. There are things that happen beyond our control. There are layoffs, bankruptcy, medical emergencies, injuries, and a whole myriad of things that can happen to set you back a little bit. That is where the program is good, and I know there are people that only use the system when they have to due to such circumstances.
I have also seen quite the opposite. I have seen people that use the government as their life. No wonder they aren’t millionaires. They aren’t using the opportunity this country gives and making their lives better.
The equality in this country is for opportunity, not outcome. You have a chance to rise, but you also have the chance to fall.
I tried three times before now to run my own business. I failed three times. I tried again, and this time, using what I learned, I was able to create a success. Now, I am no millionaire, but I make due. I pay my bills, and take care of my family. There may be chances to grow eventually, but it took my own dedication to put me where I am today.
The entitlement mentality is responsible for the income gap. And both parties are really to blame. The Democrats for creating the programs, and the Republicans for not standing up to them to create a leg up, not a hand out. That is why we are in the situation we are in.
It is government that has caused the problem, in order to ensure they get reelected. And it is high time the American people wake up to the fact that until you deal with the real issue, there will never be a solution. The problem is the government. The problem are the programs not being properly regulated or having work requirements. The problem is the lack of incentive given, because everything is handed to you these days.
We have a real problem in the nation. So President Obama, you’re right. The problem exists. But what you want to do will further the problem, not solve it.