The 99 percent of what?

Looking on to the chaotic scene that is “Occupy Houston”, one only has to wonder, whatever happened to the American Dream. James Truslow Adams described the American Dream this way “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement”. He went on to say “It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.”

These lofty ideals are lost on the rabble that call themselves the 99 percent. Rather than stand on their own abilities or achievements, they look to the government to solve their problems, and pay their way in life. They have succumbed to old ways of the Caste systems and social classes. In their apathy, they have become lazy and stupid. It’s not their fault , you see, corporate greed has stolen their opportunities and fortunes.

Their avarice for other peoples money has blinded them from the real problems we face. Through over reaching regulations, the United States Government has been actively sabotaging businesses in every sector. One only has to look to the automotive industry for proof this is true. Through excessive regulation and aggressive CAFE standards, the Government successfully bankrupted two of the three major automotive manufacturers, and took ownership of one outright, only to turn it over to the unions. The same unions that had a hand in taking the business down. in the first place.

The reasons the jobs and manufacturing are going overseas is simple. Our Government has regulated our businesses to the point that it is no longer profitable to do business in the United States.

So wake up Hippies, put down the drumstick and step away from the drum circle. Set the bong aside, and take a few deep breaths of fresh air to clear away the drug filled haze.

Corporations make money. They use that money to create more products, and make more money. To create more product, they hire more employees. As employment increases, these companies have to compete with other companies to gain employees by offering higher wages and benefits. More wages means employees can buy more products. Corporations make more money, and the system system goes on perpetually.

On the other hand, as Government gets bigger, it employs more people. These employees come from companies, who make money and pay taxes. As more people are added to the Government payroll, more taxes must be collected, increasing taxation. Companies become less productive, generating less income and a smaller tax burden. Eventually, there will be more Government employees subsidized by taxes than the Corporations and individuals can pay for with their taxes and the system collapses under it’s own weight.

It’s not rocket science, I’m thinking that some of you protesting college students might need to re-sit economics again, maybe twice! Just my $.02.

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