News and views that Americans should think about but are not reported on or discussed by the American mainstream media.
Soaking the Rich
What is wrong with this picture?
How David Baldwinger and many Americans view the rich
How many Americans view the rich
The picture on the left is how many Americans view the rich. While this may be accurate for a very small minority of rich people, I believe that most Americans are sadly mistaken on who the rich really are. Unfortunately, the National American Media, the Democratic party, and unions have trained most Americans to view the rich in this way. I would like to challenge that view. I am not a rich man by America's standard by any means. By the world's standard, I am very rich as are most people who have been blessed to live in the United States. Unfortunately, most who live here have no appreciation of how much they are blessed and how rich they really are.
What is at the heart of America's view?
Envy. Plain and simple. Many Americans are envious because they think that the rich have something that they deserve to have. They are angry about that. Why? Did these envious Americans earn it? Did they work as hard as the rich did? Do these envious Americans have the gifts that the rich do? Have these envious Americans thought of the same clever idea that the rich person did? How long did it take and how much sweat did it require of the the rich person to think of that idea? How many nights sleep did the rich person miss to think of it and/or continue to develop it? The root of envy is pride. Envious Americans believe that they deserve what the rich have or at least a part of it. Who says that the envious Americans deserve it? Who made them God who should dictate who has what? Have they walked in the shoes that the rich person has walked in? Could they go through what the rich person had to through to get rich? If so, then why aren't they rich? There are plenty of rich who are not born with a silver spoon in their mouths. They are blessed with talent and work their behind off to get where they are.
The good rich and the bad rich
Have envious Americans ever asked themselves why some rich people are considered evil and some are not? Why is there only a selected group of rich who are evil? Let us think about who the rich are. I would consider most CEO's to be rich. Many professional athletes are. Many politicians and actors are as well. Many entrepreneurs are too. Which of the groups mentioned are considered evil? Overwhelmingly, the answer is likely CEO's (of which entrepeneurs are usually a part of) and perhaps, some politicians. Actors, athletes, liberal politicians, all get a pass. Where is the "occupy Hollywood"? Where is "occupy pro sports"? Where is "occupy Washington"? Why do envious Americans focus only on one of these groups? They are trained to. Who are the ones who train envious Americans to envy big business? I already answered this in the above paragraph: It is the National American Media, the Democratic party, and unions that want to demonize CEO's and some politicians. All 3 of these groups are liberal and thrive on their constituents being envious of the rich - the rich being defined by them as Big Business CEO's - not the others.
What if you were rich?
Would the envious Americans be crying for the soaking of the rich if they were one of the rich? I strongly suspect not. They used to call that hypocrisy. Most of the envious Americans are not rich because they wouldn't know how to get rich: It would take too much work for them to figure out how to do it and then do it: And, it is much easier to complain about it and hope that some politician takes some of what the rich have earned and gives it to them. If you want to be rich, then work at it and don't belly ache about those who are.
Who is really getting soaked?
Most Americans still pay taxes still. Many don't, but I think most still do. What do they get for paying their taxes? What are you really buying with your tax money? If you exclude all of the entitlement programs which working Americans and the rich don't receive any benefit from, then your return on your tax investment is the freedom that you enjoy in this country, the military defending it, roads, and part of government (i.e. judges, mayors, police, fire, etc.). The rich and the poor all get these "non-entitlement benefits". How much does the poor pay for the return on this investment? Many pay nothing at all, so their return is infinite. Let us assume that many envious Americans pay $5000 for this return. How much do the rich pay for this return on investment? Most likely pay 6 figures in taxes for this same return on their investment. Who gets the better deal for their investment? Obviously those who get it for free. Who is really getting soaked on their tax dollar investment? Obviously the rich who pay many magnitudes more for the same benefit that envious Americans pay relatively little for. Get over yourselves my fellow envious Americans.
Ben Carson recently gave a speech on God's system of justly distributing the burden of government. He set up the tithe. Everyone pays 10%. If you earn a million dollars, you pay $100,000. If you earn ten thousand dollars, you pay $1,000. The millionaire still pay 100 times more for the same benefit that the $10,000 income person buys for $1000. Instead, our current system charges the millionaire more like $300,000 while the other guy pays nothing. $300,000 divided by 0 = infinity. The millionaire pays infinitely more than the other. Who is getting soaked? Obviously the millionaire. Who are the ones who are most vocal about the "unfairness" of the rich? Obviously the envious Americans... not the rich. Who has every right to complain? Those who are getting soaked. Do they? No, because most of the time, the rich just take it quietly and busy themselves with their own lives, do their work, grit their teeth, and move on.
Who really gets hurt when the rich are "soaked"?
As clearly shown above, the rich are already getting soaked. Soaking the rich in the way that the envious Americans want to (making them pay "their fair share" - i.e. steal more from them) is not going to end up hurting the rich; it hurts those who want to do the soaking. If the rich are soaked, then the will have no money to build buildings, buy yachts, jets, high end cars, etc. Who is being employed while making these things for the rich? Most employed are the average workers - not the rich. If soaked of their money, the rich will no longer buy these products. The market dries up, and whallah, the average workers are out of a job. If the rich get soaked of their mony, they will no longer manage the money. Obviously they know how to manage their money because they are rich. The greedy soakers will be taking the money out of capable managed hands and putting it into the hands of those who will undoubtedly squander it. And where will it be then? Kaput.
To the envious Americans out there, I say Think!
The National American Media, Unions, and the Democratic Party decides for you who they want you to like and not. They are manipulating you to like who they like and hate who they hate. They are the ones who want to divide, not the rich. They are the ones who want to work you up into an envious rage against your fellow Americans who worked to get where they are at. If you want to be rich, then figure out how and work your tail off. If you don't, then don't envy those who do. Get over it, take your place in life and be grateful of the blessings that you do have.
Warnings to the rich.
With all that being said, the rich do have to be careful not to fall into the trap of greed. The rich are cursed in a way: The rich often have riches because of a gift of talent that they have been granted. The rich have a propensity to think that they have "earned" what they own. They must remember where the talent came from and remember that all things are God's - even the talent and riches they have been given. In recognizing that fact, they should be generous with their riches as He whom bestowed their talent upon them was generous. Unfortunately, many rich fall into the trap of greed because they don't recognize God, they don't give God the credit and glory for their talents and riches and therefore, they only want to amass more riches for themselves. These rich fall into the trap of trusting in their talent and riches instead of trusting in God. Many rich are probably like this, but many are not. To the former, Scriptures has plenty of warnings about this:
Luk 12:15 Then He said to them, "Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions."
Ecc 5:10 He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity.
Ecc 5:11 When good things increase, those who consume them increase. So what is the advantage to their owners except to look on?
Ecc 5:12 The sleep of the working man is pleasant, whether he eats little or much; but the full stomach of the rich man does not allow him to sleep.
Ecc 5:13 There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun: riches being hoarded by their owner to his hurt.
Ecc 5:14 When those riches were lost through a bad investment and he had fathered a son, then there was nothing to support him.
Ecc 5:15 As he had come naked from his mother's womb, so will he return as he came. He will take nothing from the fruit of his labor that he can carry in his hand.
Mar 10:23 And Jesus, looking around, *said to His disciples, "How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!"
Mar 10:24 The disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus *answered again and *said to them, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
Mar 10:25 "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
Mar 10:26 They were even more astonished and said to Him, "Then who can be saved?"
Mar 10:27 Looking at them, Jesus *said, "With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God."
Pro 11:28 He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf.
Pro 23:4 Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, Cease from your consideration of it.
Pro 23:5 When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.
Zep 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold Will be able to deliver them On the day of the LORD'S wrath; And all the earth will be devoured In the fire of His jealousy, For He will make a complete end, Indeed a terrifying one, Of all the inhabitants of the earth.
1Ti 6:17 Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.
Psa 52:7 "Behold, the man who would not make God his refuge, But trusted in the abundance of his riches And was strong in his evil desire."
Psa 62:10 Do not trust in oppression And do not vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them.
1Ti 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. - Note that this often misquoted verse does not say that money is evil, but rather, the love of money.
It would be better for the rich man to focus on getting righteousness and wisdom rather than riches:
Psa 37:16 Better is the little of the righteous Than the abundance of many wicked.
Pro 15:16 Better is a little with the fear of the LORD Than great treasure and turmoil with it.
Pro 16:16 How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.
Warnings to the envious.
Those who envy the rich have a propensity to forget about what God has blessed them with and focus on what others have and what they believe they deserve. They covet what the rich man has. Lest the non-rich person think that he is in right standing with God, the Scriptures have plenty of warnings about being envious and covetous:
Exo 20:17 "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor."
1Ti 6:6 But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.
1Ti 6:7 For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.
1Ti 6:8 If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.
1Ti 6:9 But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.
1Ti 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
1Ti 6:11 But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. - Why in the world did I put this here? Isn't this addressing rich people? No, it is addressing an attitude of the heart - the love of money - not the money, itself.
Eph 5:5 For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
Pro 14:30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
Rom 1:28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,
Rom 1:29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips,
Rom 1:30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,
Rom 1:31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful;
Rom 1:32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.
Psa 10:3 For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire, and blesses the covetous, whom the LORD abhors.
Eze 33:31 And they come unto you as the people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear your words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goes after their covetousness.
1Co 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Heb 13:5 Let your character be without covetousness; and be content with such things as you have: for he has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you.
As can be plainly seen, the attitude toward money is the problem - not the money itself. The sin lies in the heart, not the money. The sin lies in the heart of both the rich (if they don't bless God and be generous with the gift that He has bestowed upon them) and the "poor" (if they are envious and covetous of what the rich have). The poor are not found to be blameless in the Scriptures, unless they are found to be in Christ. The rich are also found blameless if they are found in Christ - just consider Abraham in Gen 12:5, 13:6,and Job in Job1:1-3, and Col 1:20-22.