Monday, January 16, 2012

Money & The 99%

I heard an "Occupy" person being interviewed on the radio this evening.  He was disgusted that the Occupy organization was accepting donations of money.  He thinks that they should only accept donations of food, clothes and other necessities.  He said that he agrees with the saying "Money is the root of all evil."

Isn't that interesting?  Here is a truly clueless young man!  There are many relatively clueless people in the world, but this guy is world class in his cluelessness.

He will accept food donations, but not money.  Where does he think the food came from?  Doesn't he realize it has been purchased with money?  Does he think that money is something that literally grows on trees?  Does he think money is a category of things occurring in nature - like fruits and nuts?

He agrees that money is the root of all evil, does he?  Well, that is NOT the saying.  The old King James Bible says, "The LOVE of money is the root of all evil..." (1Timothy 6:10).  Newer translations say, "The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil."

The Occupy folks seem to me to be just as enamored with money as the people they are protesting.  It may be that 1% of the people have the vast majority of the wealth, but the occupy people (who may be only .01% of the 99%) love money just as much.  Isn't one of their objectives a redistribution of the wealth away from the 1%?  What is that, if not an affection for money (and the things it can buy.)

What is the basis of their claim on the money of the 1%?

It may be that some people are paid amazing amounts of money for their work.  But they are working and being paid. This is not inherited wealth.  If they go to work and get paid - why should someone else have a claim on their wages?  What is fair about that?  Do you want to get paid?  Go to work and earn a paycheck - don't camp in the park and protest what other people are earning at their jobs.

Who is greedier - the person that works for a paycheck or the people who protest that the worker should share his wages with them?

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