Blogs by Lisa A Maddock
What are the solutions?
11/12/2009 5:08:07 PM
I don't usually write about politics, but today I just have to say something.
If the solution to the problem of poverty is to take money away from some and give it to others, then what motivation will hard-working people eventually have to continue to work hard, to have ideas, to take financial risks, to start businesses, to entertain? Why should anyone go through the years of schooling it often takes to get into these positions, not to mention the cost, and the years of working hard to establish themselves in a position, or to start a business, or practice or paint, play music or act, or whatever it is - if they know that they would never fully reap the benefits of all of that hard work?
I think those who believe the answer is to redistribute wealth around are missing an important factor, and that has to do with humanity. We are all motivated by something, and for many that is indeed money, wealth, security. And there is nothing wrong with that. Is it unequal? Are some professions going to pay more, ridiculously more in some cases, perhaps? Yes. Is it too bad that some people live in a small apartment while others have multiple homes, jets, etc.? Well, I guess so. But, back to what I started out saying, can we really moralize about what a person gains by their hard work? As long as it is gained without hurting anyone or breaking any laws, who are any of us to judge? Is it really my place or my job to say who gets to have what, and how much of it? Isn't that up to and between each individual and their conscience, their morality, their God? Where is the virtue in helping the poor and downtrodden if your portion of giving is forcefully taken out of your hands by the government? Should we all help out the less fortune? Sure. Do most people do just that? Yes, I believe they do. When the chips are down people do show their true colors and they are beautiful colors. Is it any of my business to judge anyone else on how much they do or do not help others? No.
If people don't like the way things work in America - there are lots of countries where they strive for that kind of gray equality. Leave this land of opportunity alone.
I am truly disturbed by things I am hearing these days. People angrily stating that other people have no right to their own money. That the government needs to step in and equalize us all. While I am far far far from being someone 'with money', it offends me as a person who loves the freedom and opportunity that is out there for me and everyone else to hear this kind of talk.
Push this thing too far and our world of creative, motivated people and great ideas may turn into a mediocre place that is a dull shade of gray. No motivation. No virtuous giving. More anger. Resentment.
And do we really expect the government to fix everything? Really? Come on.
It is the great free country of America just as it is that has allowed me to sit here and have my say tonight at my computer. It is the great free country of America that has given me the opportunity to write and publish a children's book and to have the chance for success with this venture. It is up to me and how hard I want to work. That is exciting and wonderful. I end on that note. Thanks for listening.
More Blogs by Lisa A Maddock
Checking in in 2010 - Tuesday, January 12, 2010
The Bridezilla Who Stole Christmas - NOW AVAILABLE! - Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Snow Day in Minnesota - Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Books for Christmas - Friday, December 04, 2009
Call or fax your Senators today! - Friday, November 20, 2009
My Other Side - Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Starring... me? - Tuesday, November 17, 2009
What are the solutions? - Thursday, November 12, 2009
Announcing... The Bridezilla Who Stole Christmas! - Thursday, November 05, 2009
Editing - Sunday, November 01, 2009
Writing for Children - Monday, October 26, 2009