Real convictions or envy?

To the editor:

Lately I’ve been reading letters from other readers praising Gov. Mark Dayton for punishing the producers in our society to pay for government schools.

Although I don’t understand why many liberal Americans believe it is good to force people with higher salaries to pay so much, I believe these people should at least be consistent in their arguments.

If you truly believe that “the rich” should be made to pay their “fair share,” then why do you complain about outsourcing jobs to India and China?

We are told that people labor in sweatshops in these countries just to make a dollar a day. Yet the “soak the rich” crowd doesn’t want them to have jobs.

If these people truly have terrible working conditions and earn so little, aren’t they really the “working class” and aren’t you in America who earn $20,000 to $70,000-plus “the rich”?

Even people on welfare can earn up to $50,000 per year here. That is 50  to 200 times what the citizens of India and China are making for doing the same job. (Since people are worried about jobs going overseas it must be the same, right?).

Shouldn’t people demand from Dayton, and Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken that they have their income taxed at the same 40 to 60 percent rate that they demand from other “rich people” in this country?

“But those ‘working class’ people are not Americans,” they say. So what? We hold Mother Teresa up for sainthood for helping Indian citizens. Should we be mad at her for improving their lives?

Those who truly believe that “the rich” should be brought down, and that government education is the best investment we can make, then they should put their money where their mouth is: Encourage companies and politicians to create jobs for the true “working class” in other countries and lead movements to raise taxes to pay for their education.

Then and only then will we see it is the power of convictions leading, instead of just plain, old-fashioned envy.

HAL CRANMER
Lakeville

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