Tag Archives: pursuit of happiness

we’re not created equal

Where does the notion come from that any two people should have equal results.

Like with the idea that we can possibly understand the dynamics of the earth’s climate, what makes us think that two people’s lives can follow an equal path.

No two people have had the same experiences, education, opportunities or luck. Some people are wealthy because they made the right decisions at the right time. Some “worked harder.”

Some worked really hard and ended up with an average income. Some worked two jobs and ended up relatively poor.

But society seems to have this strange urge to make everyone the same. To equalize the outcome.

To what end? There are wealthy people who are miserable, and poor people who are having the time of their life.

I think money gets way too much credit for the affect it has on people. Some people think about it all of the time, and others never sweat it.

Conservatism is about limited government. But, in a sense, it’s also about leaving others alone and being left alone yourself.

I don’t want people watching me to make sure I’ve got as much as the next guy, and I also don’t want them checking to see that I don’t have too much.

The world will never be equal from person to person. That’s what makes it great. Everyone has their own story and set of experiences. Let’s not assume they’re happy or miserable based on how much money they are perceived to have.

Some rich people have no savings, and some poorer people have saved a surprising amount. Either way, you’ll never know. But we should clear the decks as much as is possible to let people pursue happiness as much as they want and to the best of their ability.


trickle down in reverse

I’ve never understood how anyone can argue that trickle-down economics doesn’t work. Maybe it’s mis-named.

Maybe is should be holistic economics, because the entire premise really is that everything is related. We’re seeing that now, but in reverse.

People with money have stopped spending. They’re saving right now while they wait for signs of what policies are to come.

While they hold onto their money, less money circulates within society. As they stop purchasing and investing, less business and commerce occurs.

As less commerce occurs, revenue slows down, making it impossible for employers to maintain their employee base. That means salary freezes or layoffs.

Reagan spoke of trickle-down economics in the context of a rising tide lifting all boats. He said as the entrepreneurs and business leaders enjoyed success, they’d hire more people – enabling more people to purchase and spend.

We’re seeing the opposite now.

Everything in an economy is inter-related and how things go usually starts at the top. In Reagan’s ideal world, the achievers create jobs, which spreads wealth.

In our current world, the achievers are holding their wallets, which spreads stagnation.

Either way, it hinges on the freedom to create and pursue a dream. We’re not getting out of this until we free people up to do just that.

do we recognize inspiration anymore?

If what I’m hearing in the media is correct, there is a growing tide against the “have’s” in American society.

I’ve never understood this, and I especially don’t get it now. The tales of hardship are numerous and easy to find. In some ways, they’re not even really news, anymore.

What I don’t understand is why part of the story is scorn and bitterness toward those who’ve “made it.” Despite what the news tells us, there are people out there who are enjoying success.

Instead of trying to make them feel guilty or attempting to take their money to bail out others, why don’t we hold these people up as examples of success?

During the last campaign, Obama purchased a half hour for a campaign ad. In that half hour, he introduced us to several families to show us how difficult their lives are and how they can’t make ends meet.

I wonder if America would have been better served to meet three of four families or people who started a business or found a job and enjoyed success.

It seems to me we could all use a healthy dose of optimism right now. But it won’t just come from words. Let’s focus on some real examples of people who are making it in the current circumstances.

America is about the freedom to pursue your happiness and dreams. Not everyone’s dreams are the same, which is one of the great things about it. No one, not the government or anyone else, defines success for us.

Sure, there are people who own their own planes or multiple houses. But to question that or try and take it away from them (or even make it harder to achieve and/or maintain) goes against the very heart of what makes America special.

People in America can move freely from class to class. Instead of celebrating when someone successful fails or sees hard times. We should focus on celebrating when someone rises up and succeeds.

Let’s stop trying to get even by bringing people down. How about we focus, instead, on getting even by raising people up?

Disclaimer: I am not, by any means, rich – nor do I aspire to be. I don’t own a private jet, but I’m happy for those who do. I don’t own a huge house, but I’m fine with those who have chosen to (providing I don’t have to pay their mortgage).

It’s time to start feeling good about anyone who enjoys success. To wish ill on those who are enjoying themselves is unhealthy and destructive to the future of our country.