If I had a dollar for every response I have to this utterly ridiculous notion that the government should punish success and give handouts to the poor, I would be able to reduce the deficit more than the Buffett Rule would.
First, Margaret Thatcher articulated it perfectly when she said, “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” That’s right, eventually you would run out of rich people to tax and everyone would be living with less money to spend and put into the economy.
Also, I ask you this: When was the last time you saw someone hired by a poor person? The rich in this country are some of the biggest drivers of America’s economy.
They are the small business owners. They are the investors. They are the ones that create technological innovations, like Steve Jobs, because of the desire for profit. Also, many wealthy people in this nation, such as Bill Gates and even Mitt Romney, are rather charitable as well.
Let me be clear on one thing. Myself and my family are nowhere close to qualifying for a tax increase had the Buffett Rule passed. The only dog I have in this fight is the fact that I want to live my life in an economy that is run by the free-market, where success is desired and not punished, and where personal responsibility ranks higher than government handouts.
For my fellow Hokies whom I still haven’t convinced, I issue you this challenge. If you want to help those in this country that have less by taking from those that have more, why don’t you form a club on campus that advocates the redistribution of grade point averages?
If you want everyone in this country to have a “fair chance” (although I fail to see what is “fair” about taking money from those who have actually earned it), then why don’t we start petitioning President Steger to redistribute GPAs so that every Hokie has a “fair chance” at getting into graduate school, law school or medical school.
It is not fair to redistribute grades, and it simply is not American to redistribute wealth. So please, don’t fall for the class warfare rhetoric during this election cycle, because it is just empty rhetoric at