Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Best of BS: Entitlement, The Sentiment of the Times

(Originally posted 7/23/07 and I guess with the "Is health care a privileged or a right?" discussion...even more relevant now)

A sense of entitlement is quite possibly the worst trait someone can have. Why the hell does anyone OWE you ANYTHING?

I have a foster brother that came to live with my family when he was 16. His father used to beat him mercilessly and boil his hands in pasta water. His father also hung him upside down in the garage for days and his grandmother would come in and beat him with brooms and shovels...for real. He lived with us until he was 19. He wouldn't get his act together and my mom kicked him out and wouldn't give in. He was homeless and living in nasty shelters for a spell. He now owns his own house. He could have milked the system forever. Could have wallowed in self-pity. If he could do it on his own -dirt poor and mentally and physically abused for years...no one else has an excuse. Anyone can make it.

Unfortunately, I seem to be a minority with this opinion...

"...A popular backlash against globalisation and the leaders of the world’s largest companies is sweeping all rich countries, an FT/Harris poll shows.

Large majorities of people in the US and in Europe want higher taxation for the rich and even pay caps for corporate executives to counter what they believe are unjustified rewards and the negative effects of globalisation.

Viewing globalisation as an overwhelmingly negative force, citizens of rich countries are looking to governments to cushion the blows they perceive have come from the liberalisation of their economies to trade with emerging countries." (source)

Hillary is playing right into this "give me what isn't mine" mood --here's what Romney had to say about Hillary's "economic plan":

""Hillary Clinton just gave a speech the other day about her view on the economy. She said we have been an on-your-own society. She said it's time to get rid of that and replace that with shared responsibility and we're-in-it-together society," Romney told the crowd. "That's out with Adam Smith and in with Karl Marx." (source)

Work hard, make your own money and stop worrying about what everyone else has...

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