Class Envy


“Today, under George W. Bush, there are two Americas, not one: One America that does the work, another that reaps the reward. One America that pays the taxes, another America that gets the tax breaks. One America – middle-class America – whose needs Washington has long forgotten, another America – narrow-interest America – whose every wish is Washington’s command. One America that is struggling to get by, another America that can buy anything it wants, even a Congress and a president.”

That quote is from John Edwards. Just exactly who is he talking about? One America that pays the taxes? The NY Times, hardly a conservative rag, stated that in 2004 “The top 1% of income earners paid about 36.7% of federal income taxes.” and “By contrast, families in the bottom 40% of income earners, incomes below $36,300, typically paid no federal income tax and received money back from the government.” John, I hate to break it to you but it’s the rich, not the poor, who pays the taxes.

One America struggling to get by? Gee John, I guess you sure are struggling…


That is the Edwards home. 28,000 sqft on 102 acres. That “barn” has living quarters, a handball court, an indoor pool and an indoor basketball court with a stage at one end. The home currently has a value over 4 million and is by far the largest and most expensive home in the county. Yes John, you’re right when you say “…another America that can buy anything it wants…” You’re living in “that America”. Gee, I wonder why Edwards had to go all the way down to New Orleans and stand in front of a destroyed home to annouce his bid for the White House.

John Edwards is a perfect example of the class warfare I am sick of. Liberals love to pit one class against another. They love to point out how horrible it is when someone makes money…except for Liberals. It’s fine for them to make money (and give it to the Democratic Party). Lately they have been talking about CEO’s and how much money they make. Even Bush has jumped on that band wagon. Why? What does it matter how much a CEO makes? I don’t begrudge anyone making money legally. Maybe someday, with enough hard work, I can be one of the “rich” that liberals so despise. It’s all about making people jealous and envious of one class then pointing out that class is backing Republicans so you should vote Democrat.   

Remember as well, the rich didn’t earn money. They either inherited it or, as Richard Gephardt termed it, the top “have won life’s lottery.” Liberals love to use rhetoric like this to move their class envy along even though fewer than 2% of of millionaires in the US inherited their fortune. They never talk about people who work hard and earn money and move up and make more money. To them, income is not earned and it should be distributed. Hillary talks this way as well and it smacks of Socialism.  Just take a look at the quote from Hillary in my profit post.

I have no problem with Edwards buying that house. What I do take issue with is his constant bashing of wealthy American’s, his talk of the evil CEO and “Big Oil” profits and his whole “two America’s” take on things when it is obvious, as Jay Leno points out, “Well, I think we know which America he’s living in,”.

Bottom line is, we need a good moratorium on people playing the wealth envy/class warfare card.

One Response to “Class Envy”

  1. Marty Says:

    Smacks of Socialism? It does a lot more than smack…

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