To The Daily Sun,
Many see the rich as a danger. We hear envious people say things like: it doesn't really matter what ordinary people want. And the wealthy call the tune and the politicians dance. Those expressing such views are speaking of what they think is what's best for the 99.9 percent of the rest of us. But let's think about that.
Rich people have wealth ... which is portable. They pay the majority of all taxes. They are responsible for providing many jobs. Rich people have wealth and comfort because of what they have provided and/or are providing things that make all of our standards of living better. Rich is a motivator, something Americans used to all aspire to become. It is a creation of opportunity plus freedom.
But what can the rich force us to do? They cannot condemn our houses. They cannot force us to pay money into the doomed government-run health insurance tax. They cannot force us to bus our children to schools out of our neighborhood in the name of diversity. They cannot force us to buy one product over another.
They cannot do any of those things unless our elected public officials grant them the power. Rich people have little power to force us to do anything. A municipal clerk earning $50,000 a year has more power over us. It is the unelected government bureaucrat to whom we must turn for permission to build a house, ply a trade, open a restaurant, and do many other activities.
It's government people, not rich people, who have the power to coerce us and rip us off. They have the power to make our lives miserable if we disobey. This coercive government power goes a long way toward explaining legalized political corruption.
Here is an example: The Fanjul family is among the world's biggest sugar-cane growers. They co-own the world's largest refining company, American Sugar Refining. In 2014 they contributed through their companies more than $860,000 to candidates and political groups. They spent more than $1 million lobbying Congress, the U.S. departments of Agriculture and Commerce, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Do you think they forked over all that money to help our elected representatives uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution? No. The Fanjuls want Congress to use tariffs to keep foreign-produced sugar out of our country so they can reap the financial benefits from being able to charge Americans two or three times the world price of sugar.
If some rich people try to line the pockets of politicians in order to get them to do their bidding at the expense of the rest of us, who's to blame? We, the people. We are to blame for not using our votes to put such politicians out of office. We know or have access to the information so we should have known who is paying what to whom. We should vote accordingly.
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