You see – according to the world – you are the 5%.
40% of the world goes without indoor plumbing.
28% goes without electricity. http://www.iea.org/weo/electricity.asp
And 70% without internet access. http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm
Why should you have access to all these luxuries just because you were lucky enough to be born in a free-market system? Just because the founders of your country had the foresight to limit the government rather than the people?
In the interest of fairness and equality – give up your bathroom – now! Oh wait, you’ve already done that, and seem fairly unconcerned when it comes too showering anyway, so… ok, we’ll let you keep your plumbing, electricity, and even your internet access. But big screen tv’s – sorry – they’re gone. Lap tops and cell phones – too bad. Starbucks is obviously out of the question.
Since you are so committed to income equality, let’s compare America with the rest of the world:
The average income of Americans is 41-46K.
Why should the American worker benefit, just because America happens to be the economic engine for the entire world? Shouldn’t you be willing to live on 7,000$ a year for the common good? I know how much you hate capitalism, and I know you wouldn’t want to live off such evil, ill-gotten gains. So, in solidarity with the 95% I fully expect you to do your part, turn in your cell phones and other assorted gadgetry and to forgo Starbucks, McDonalds, or any other greedy corporations, and commit to cooking plain (fair trade) rice over an open fire in your backyard.
Me? I’m a capitalist. I believe in the power of free markets to create products that are ever better and cheaper, and to generally make life better for all concerned. I believe that by working, saving, investing, and yes-spending, I am helping to provide opportunities for people to work and create a better life for themselves. I shop local whenever I can, and have purchased products made by small craftsman in other countries, because I believe that work deserves reward. I believe that America has made the world a better place, and that as we buy and sell and save, the developing world’s standard of living is being increased. I am living consistent with my philosophy.
Now how about you start living consistent with yours?