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Redistribution of wealth does not equal redistribution of happiness

Obama: "I think that when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody."
Obama: "I think that when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody."
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One could trace President Obama’s redistribution of wealth theme back to the 2008 campaign when he spoke with Joe the plumber about his promise of change through the reallocation of taxes to those who are less fortunate; in the interest of income fairness and financial equality of course. But happiness cannot be had by the envious. Wealth cannot be redistributed at the rate that would make the poor feel as if, “Finally, I’m getting what I deserve!”

Conversely, wealth envy, coupled to the meager offerings of the federal government only acts as fodder for the inflamed. The true nature of maintaining wealth envy at just below boiling point is for keeping the poor, poor while maintaining a high level of dependency among that class. The promise of more entitlements and the mantra of, “sticking it to the wealthy” assure the democrats a ripe voting block among the uninformed.

However, the happiness aspect of all the hype never comes to fruition. As the poor continue to plow dust, the wealthy still vacation in the French Riviera. Under president Obama, the poverty rate for Americans has risen to over 15% while the NYSE is rolling in record territory over 15,000. The rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer, and the unhappy are getting what they voted for.

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