As people in New York occupy Wall Street, I begin to think that we have started a fundamental shift in thinking in this country.
First, it's just natural human nature that not all people are successful financially. In fact, the vast majority of people (the protestors at Wall Street call them "The 99%",) are not rich.
Until recently, everyone just assumed that people who were rich just worked harder than everyone else. I still think is true.
However, since the economic recession, people have noticed that the rich are still rich and secure, while the middle class is losing jobs and losing security. This really shouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone, since that's exactly what happened in the Great Depression. Money makes money, simple fact.
And in a recession, it's even harder to get to financial security based on hard work alone.
So, in a jealous rage, we have people protesting at Wall Street. They want to rearrange the system so that it's easier for the other 99% to be financially stable.
But the 1% will always be richer than everyone else. That's just the way it works. Money follows money, and if you cut the knees of the top 1%, they will fall on everyone else, crushing them too.
The fact that we have 1% of the population that has all the money is a good thing, because the money's still in our economy. If we make them leave, that money won't circulate here. The more money the top 1% has, the more money the rest of us has the chance at getting.
In short, financial fairness won't exist, unless we all end up equally poor. No sense getting mad at the rich.