A most irresponsible and insensitive statement


Nothing is more irresponsible and insensitive than the assertion that “47% of the U. S. population are moochers, people with no drive or ambition . . .”  The fact is that if every single human being in the U. S. (or anywhere in the world,  for that matter) had the same talent, drive, determination, ambition, and skill – and good fortune – as Bill Gates or Warren Buffet, it wouldn’t matter: half the population would still be “poor.” It is economically – even statistically – impossible for every one to be “rich.”

Where there are rich, there has to be poor. Where some need to be served, others need to serve.

We’ve tried the “classless” society – that didn’t work. In a “classless” society there are no incentives to perform extraordinarily. Result: a stagnant economy. 

So let’s just stop being insensitive and irresponsible and take care of the people who couldn’t afford more than the basics of life. Or they might take matters into their own hands.

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About Julius Willis

A former Philippines newspaperman and businessman, Julius resettled in California, USA, where he simultaneously worked as an instructional and technical writer and engineering department manager and taught college for 26 years. Now retired, he serves as a member of the City of Hayward's Planning Commission, the Alameda County Housing & Community Development Advisory Committee, and the Advisory Board of CSU-East Bay's Center For Filipino Studies. He is also on Hayward's General Plan Task Force.
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