Why Are Some People Worth Less if They Are Worth More?

Written by Chuck Gruenwald on April 6, 2013

When the luxury tax on expensive goods, such as cars over $30,000, aircraft, and yachts was passed in the eighties, rich people didn’t buy those goods as much as they used to – and as a result, many middle and lower-class people lost their jobs. Take money away from the upper class, and the void quickly finds its way to the middle and lower-classes.

Sadly, our politicians are not the first to demonize the rich – class warfare was a major tool that was used to feed the Bolshevik Revolution. Unfortunately, those who bought into the class warfare propaganda in the early days of communist Russia eventually found themselves virtual slaves to those who encouraged their revolt. If a politician claims to protect you from the privileged rich, who will protect you from that politician?

800px-National-Bolshevik-PartyYes, there is class warfare, but it is not a rich versus poor issue. Judging by the recent examples of the abuse of their power, the condescending attitudes, and the refusal to even meet with their constituents, politicians have established this round of class warfare as the elected versus the unelected.

As an American, it is frustrating to watch American politicians ridicule their constituents – the very people whom those politicians had taken an oath to represent. The immature antics of those politicians have given me one more quality to look for in future political candidates: whether or not he or she publicly states that all constituents will be equally represented.

The war that Afghanistan had seen in the eighties was a by-product of what had happened in 1917 Russia. If those 1917-era Russians had a chance to rewrite history, so that the events that followed never happened, how many would accept that opportunity? We have an opportunity to learn from history: first, by telling our current politicians that rich or poor, we are all Americans. Therefore, we will no longer listen to class warfare rhetoric. And second, we need to find politicians who will publicly disavow any future attempts at class warfare. Everybody has a story to tell, so it would be worthwhile to learn those of American politicians who wish to divide Americans.

Image: National Bolshevik Party;author: User:Oren neu dag; public domain


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Born in Chicago and raised in northwest suburban Cook County, Chuck Gruenwald developed an unfavorable opinion of machine politics quite early in life. In addition to cars, electronics, law enforcement, and politics, Chuck enjoys writing, and is also a horse racing fan. He has recently written op-eds for uncommonshow.com