FJR is the author of this guest post.
I’m disheartened that several of my friends have posted the quote from Elizabeth Warren and commented with “my hero” and “best quote ever”. I’m stunned at the way “wealthy” people have been demonized. I’m not wealthy, I grew up in a work class family and I’ve worked my way up from an entry level engineer to a Program Manager. My parents helped me and I benefited from the low tuition of a State university and all the other benefits afforded me as a citizen of this great Nation. I believe it is everyone patriotic duty to provide revenue to the government to support programs that are the Constitutional responsibilities of the government. I pay my taxes and on top of that even with my modest income I give a substantial amount to charities and belong to organizations that provide services to the less fortunate. I’m sick of being called greedy because I think I pay an adequate amount of taxes and would like to reduce federal spending. I’m sick of being called racist because I would like it to be more difficult to enter the country illegally. I’m sick of being called stupid because I think the economy is driven by private enterprise not federal spending. I’m sick of being called ignorant because I think the Constitution limits the power of the Federal Government. And I’m sick of being called a tight wad because I think programs that cause dependency on the Government are detrimental to the well being of society.
No one that I know that runs a business or has built a business thinks they did it without the help of the common good provided by taxes. The business owners I know are Rotarians, Lions, supporters of charities, active in community projects and trying to do right by their employees. Painting this broad brush picture of the “rich” as tight wad, hateful, self serving, greedy bastards is so unproductive to the conversation about spending and revenue.
Damn it, I’m mad!