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February 26, 2009

Hats off to rich people

The article “Wave of contempt crashes upon the wealthy” (2/15, A-1) disturbed me. It said people are embarrassed about being wealthy.

Excuse me, but wasn’t our country founded on the principle that if you came here and applied yourself and worked hard, you could be successful and prosperous? Now this new administration has put a new spin on being successful. This really smacks of socialism and is totally against the democratic system that has made our country great.

No matter how much you have or don’t have, there is always going to be someone who has less. I owned a business for 19 years, and there are just some people who do not want to work and are willing to accept a lower standard of living. Does that mean the rest of us are to work harder to help them out?

I take my hat off to the people who have been successful and prospered because of it.

Judi A. Tremaine
Overland Park

Comments

TinaMcG

Heheh, good pickup, Whispering.

We're not in the over-$250K, but we are in a bracket where we saw some pretty substantial savings from the Bush tax cuts. When our accountant told us how much we had saved because of Bush, my husband and I looked at each other and decided we'd give it back in a heartbeat to have someone else in the White House.

The truth is, we could have lived without that money. We didn't even know how much more we had until the accountant told us how big our refund would be.

I continue to be stunned at the greed and selfishness of people who have been so blessed. There is a very uncharitable tone to Judi-With-An-I's letter that screams "I've got mine, now go screw yourself".

Pub 17

No, actually, Judi, our country was founded on the principle that if you were rich you could recreate your estate in England in the New World, run the government unimpeded by embedded royalty, and staff with indentured servants who naively believed that they could work their way to prosperity, after ten or fifteen years of living in subjugation.

That must be one hell of a business you ran for nineteen years, to let you retire on $250,000+ a year. Depending on when you retired, all or most of the time you ran that business you were under the same tax regime that Obama proposes returning us to. Didn't seem to discourage YOU, did it?

whispering_to_kc

"... there are just some people who do not want to work ..."

Judi Tremaine from The Star, April 2005 ...

"I do not worry about the national debt, but I am concerned about the effect that homosexual behavior will have on my grandchildren. If governments are forced to accept this lifestyle, it will trickle down to what my grandchildren are taught in public school."

Okay. Who's to argue with any of that, Judi with an "i"?

 
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