I found Sen Kyl’s words of wisdom at a wonderful blog, called Christopher’s Apologies. I highly recommend Christopher’s postings.
Mr. President, President Obama is campaigning for reelection on a ‘‘soak the rich’’ kind of platform. He argues that income inequality and economic fairness are the defining issues of our time. In his narrative, the more prosperous and fair society requires more balance or redistribution.
Unfortunately, for the President, polls suggest Americans aren’t lining up behind this politics of resentment. For example, a Gallup poll reports that just 2 percent of Americans rank the divide between rich and poor as the most pressing economic issue facing our country, that Americans are now less likely to view U.S. society as divided between the haves and have-nots than in 2008, and that only 46 percent believe reducing the wealth gap is extremely or very important; whereas, 82 percent say that about accelerating economic growth.
Despite the class-warfare rhetoric they hear on a daily basis, most Americans instinctively understand that adopting progrowth policies to boost mobility is wiser than adopting antigrowth policies to curb inequality. They realize if Washington increases tax rates, for example, and the size of government to achieve greater economic balance, the result will be less job creation and less opportunity for everyone.
Americans don’t want the Federal Government to penalize success. They want the Federal Government to make it easier for them to succeed on their own. As American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks wrote in his book, ‘‘The Battle,’’ earned success is the key to true human happiness and flourishing. Here is how he put it:
If we know we have the possibility of earning success, we know we can improve our lives and our lot.
Most Americans, he notes, support principles that aim to ‘‘stimulate true prosperity, not treat poverty.’’