Two men were breaking rocks in a field. They had been hired to break them and make two piles to be cleared so that the crops could be planted. They both worked all day. At the end of the day, one of the men had broken 200 rocks. The other had broken 100 rocks.
When the owner came, he paid them each 100 dollars. Now, the man that broke 100 rocks was very happy, but the man who broke 200 rocks, he was not so happy. He thought to himself, “ I worked twice as hard as him, but his pay was the same as mine. Why should I work so hard when I can work half as hard and get the same reward?”
The next day the two men went back to the field to break rocks again. They worked all day. At the end of the day the owner came and paid them each 100 dollars. They had each broke 100 rocks. They each spent the rest of their days working for the land owner.
“ A PARABLE OF CAPITALISM”
Two men were breaking rocks in a field. They had been hired to break them and make two piles to be cleared so that the crops could be planted. They both worked all day. At the end of the day, one man had broken 200 rocks. The other had broken 100 rocks.
When the owner came, he paid one man 100 dollars, and the other he paid 200 dollars. The one who was paid 100 dollars asked why he was paid half as much? The owner said, it is because you did half as much work.
The next day the men went back to the field to break rocks again. They worked all day. At the end of the day the owner came and paid them each 200 dollars. They had each broken 200 rocks. As their days went on, they each found more efficient ways to break the rocks and continually made more money. Soon they bought their own land and hired people to break rocks for them.
(These parables are copy right 2009)
We are all born equal. From that point on it is a matter of talent, motivation, discipline and hard work that decides our lot in life. No two people are the same. If you try to artificially create an equality of outcome in peoples lives, all you do is stifle those who would excel otherwise.
“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” ~Ben Franklin.
The other day someone made a comment to me. They said, "There is no reason anyone needs to make more than 250,000 dollars a year". Judging by their comments, I unavoidably came to the conclusion that they believe Government should control and cap how much people make. After all, who else could suppress success other than the Fed? I use to get into heated arguments with people when it came to these types of statements, but after telling a client ( not my client), "If you think this country is so bad, you should take advantage of one of the rights we have as American citizens and get the hell out, there are plenty of countries that have the kind of system you're trying to impose on me", and getting a phone call from my boss, who told me I can't tell clients to get the hell out of the country, I decided to take a different path. Now, instead of getting into heated debates at work when someone tries to bait me into a political argument, I just ask them a simple question like, " What are the enumerated powers of the Constitution?" When they look at me with a blank stare or say, "I don't know", I say, "Then you don't know enough to talk to me about the issue".
Now, to address this comment about how much someone needs. Truly, all anybody needs is shelter, heat, food and clothing. If you have a place to live, a wood burning stove, a place to plant vegetables, a few chickens, a cow, and a rifle for hunting, you're set. You NEED no more. Past that everything you have is not needed. If you own a flat screen T.V, or for that matter, any T.V, you don't need it. Get my point? I could walk into any of these people's houses and point out many things they don't NEED. It is the height of arrogance to have things you don't NEED, and tell others they don't need any more than you have.
If one of these people were called into the office by their boss, and told that they were doing a great job and they were getting a promotion, and their pay was being raised to 300,000 dollars a year, how many of them would say, " No,I only need 250,000 dollars a year? How many of these people, upon finding out they won 3 million dollars, would say, "No, I don't need that much". Hypocrites!!!
The fact is, that human nature dictates that most people will stop achieving when they reach a level at which there is no more reward. If I developed a special product that people wanted, and the profit on this item was 1 dollar per unit sold, and built a factory, and hired people to make this product, and made 250,000 dollars in the first 3 months I was in business, why would I keep working for the rest of the year if I already reached the maximum amount of money I could make? I would just close shop and all my employees would be unemployed for the rest of the year. Why would Bill Gates keep coming up with better computer programs if his income was limited? Limit reward and you limit creativity and the desire to progress!!! And, if individual income was limited, who would get the profit over and above the cap, the Government? The same Government who has had 5 decades to a century to get things like the post office, social security, medicaid, medicare, and Amtrak right? Every one of those things are going broke. Or how about the federal governments war on poverty? Trillions of dollars spent over 7 decades, and the percentage of poverty is higher than it was when they started? Tell me, who gets that money? After all the corruption, waste, and failures of the Fed, are their still people who want these reprehensables in Washington to take more from us? Who are these people?
Thomas Jefferson said, if you want people to overcome poverty, make them uncomfortable in poverty, for when you make them comfortable in poverty, in poverty is where they will remain.
Our Constitutional Republic and our system of capitalism has created more wealth than any other system that has ever existed in recorded history. In every system of government there are rich and poor, but in this system, as opposed to other systems, all it takes is a good idea and a good work ethic to become rich. This is the essence of freedom and liberty
So, if you believe in caps on wealth, then just stay wherever you are, but I warn you, in my quest to succeed, do not be the one to try to hold me down!!!!
This is Paul Revere warning you, "THE RED COATS ARE COMING."