I am college educated and have been employed since I was 17 (except for a couple of four-month periods when I was looking for a job after being laid off). I'm not a "moocher class" I am solid middle-class hard working American.
And I am part of the 99%.
Do yourself a favor: use your mind. Stop and think about these things before you post such drivel! We don't begrudge people in the 1%. (Do you really earn enough money to be in the 1%, actually? I'm betting you're one of us, the proud 99%.) It's the promise of American that a person can be successful. Nobody is demonizing people who do well.
Unless you think that "being fair" means "demonizing". Which you might, don't get me wrong, if that's how you feel, that's how you feel.
But don't you ever look at your paycheck, see what percentage of your wages were taken out in taxes, then stop to wonder why that's a bigger percentage than someone who is making $50 million a year?
Anyway, like I was saying: think about such things. Don't just accept what you've heard on the radio or seen on the tv. Stop and really consider whether people actually do "demonize success." Think about whether hearing "rich people don't pay enough taxes" would really make someone say, "Damn, if I'm going to have to pay more in taxes, then why the hell should I try to get a better job?"
Oh, one last thing, a hypothetical math problem: Suppose you are earning $50,000 a year, and you have to pay 15% in federal taxes because you are part of the "moocher class". That'd mean you're only bringing home $42,500 a year (not counting other taxes).
Now, imagine you get offered a job where you make $1 million dollars a year. Your tax rate TRIPLES and you now have to pay 45% income tax. That's totally completely unfair, right? It SUCKS
that now that you're making a lot of money, you have to pay so much more in taxes? Because out of that million, you're only bring home $550,000.
Now consider the difference between bringing home $42,500 and bringing home $550,000.
Would someone bringing home $42k really
say "I don't want to make a million dollars, because then I'd only bring home 12x what I am making now?"