While there is a growing cry for expanded Social Security benefits funded by higher taxes on anyone earning more than $118,000, there are those Americans who paid their fair share all their lives. They are not millionaires or the wealthy, but solid middle class people who earned that status through years of hard work and sacrifice. There are Americans who do not deserve to have their standard of living lowered to raise the living standard of others, many of whom were not so prudent.
Here is an example from one Quinnscommentary reader:
I saved what I could and now you want the government to tax me more to bring up your standard of living during retirement while lowering mine? Explain to me how that is fair that I better myself only to live in poverty because I saved my money.
I went from making $2.35 /hr to a college education working shift work missing a lot of holidays and family functions. I worked the equivalent of 2.5 years in overtime in the last 10 years so that I could save extra money and you want to tax me even more than I was already taxed?
That’s the problem with liberal politics. Every low-income person is presumed to be the victim of society or dire misfortune while there is no consideration for lack of effort, drive, ambition, plain old hard work or imprudent life choices.
Few Americans would deny assistance to the truly needy, but today’s liberalism makes no attempt to identify those unfortunate people, and instead lumps people by economic statistics.