Recently, the press has been in a twist over the personal wealth of presidential candidates (although, oddly, it's only a problem for candidates of one particular party. Candidates of the other party can be as rich as they want to be because it's, well, different.
Entertainers can be rich because of their talents. Athletes can be rich because of their talents. But heaven forbid someone become rich by starting a company, inventing something, being a successful doctor or attorney, or having the skills to manage a multi-billion dollar company.
I don't understand the envy and hatred of those who are successful. Why do we attack someone simply because they have money? Why does that automatically disqualify someone just because they have been more successful than I have?
Think about it. Do I really want to put this country in the hands of someone who has never risen above the average? There's a lot of talk about rich candidates not being able to relate to what the "common" person is going through. Interesting. Neither President Obama nor Governor Romney are "common." Both are in the top 1% of earners in this country. Neither of them live paycheck to paycheck. They both enjoy vacations and privileges the likes of which the rest of the 99% may never see. And yet, one is portrayed as out of touch, and the other as the people's candidate. Oh, sure, one is richer than the other, but when they are both in the 1%, isn't it just a matter of degree? Why is it acceptable for one but not the other? And when do they become ineligible? Is being richer than 99.4% of the country permissible, but being richer than 99.5% disqualifying?
And then, there's the issue of the "silver spoon." Specifically, this is aimed at Governor Romney because he inherited money from his parents. Of course, we are being asked to completely ignore the fact that he donated his inheritance away. But let's obey the press and ignore that for a minute. Is inheriting money a bad thing? I thought that's what the Bible required of parents? The first half of Proverbs 13:22 says that "a good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children." Think about that. Your work should be such that it should sustain two future generations. And yet, we demonize and tax those whose wealth has been through inheritance. To me, it's personal. I hope (and work so that) I can leave an inheritance that my grandchildren will still enjoy in their adulthood.
And so, when choosing leaders for our country, I'd rather choose someone who has tasted success and knows how to get there. I have no intention of voting for someone who believes financial success is a curse or crutch to be limited, criticized, regulated, and stripped away, just because someone else is not as successful.
I work way too hard for that.