What you’re saying, then, is that you want the “rich” people like me to work hard in high school, go to college (and pay for college myself), choose a major that has a lot of job opportunities, get a job, then just hand over my money to you so that you and I will make the same amount of money.
Is that what you’re saying?
If this ever became the law of the land, I wouldn’t work. Why bother?
Keep in mind that your parents work for RICH people, who have taken great financial risks to start companies, restaurants, hospitals, etc., and continue to take risks to keep these places thriving. The RICH are the ones who provide work for people. When was the last time you saw a poor person who owned a company and put out a “Help Wanted” sign.
The RICH are also the ones who give huge amounts of money to pay for theaters, arts venues, public parks, hospitals and free clinics, etc.
The rich receive tax breaks because they give so much back to the community.
Many of the rich have fought very hard to get rich. My dad has a 6th grade education, but he worked hard at the factory, took a risk to buy a duplex when he was young, invested in antiques, invested in land–using money that he earned at the factory–and now he is sitting pretty with 17 homes. No one handed it to him. He didn’t walk all over anyone to get there. He just worked hard and made some very intelligent and sacrificial decisions.
Also keep in mind that many of the people that you perceive are “rich” are NOT rich at all. My husband and I make $100,000 between the two of us. We owe around $50,000 in credit card debt, college loans for our kids, home improvement loans (to get a new roof, not put in a pool or something), etc. We are ONE PAYCHECK away from bankruptcy. We are counting (foolishly) on keeping our health and being able to work in our jobs until we die.
Like someone else said, DO WELL IN SCHOOL, even if you go to a slum school. Some of the wealthiest people in this country went to slum schools; my dad went to a one-room schoolhouse.
WORK HARD, make good decisions, sacrifice personal desires, rid yourself of all vices (alcohol, cigarettes, gambling-yes, that means lotto, drugs, sex, overeating, even caffeine), DELAY sex until you are married, marry well–not necessarily wealthy, but marry someone who will help you pull yourself up, not someone who will drag you down.
Don’t sell drugs, even though it looks like the quick and easy way to make money.
Make friends everywhere. Network-talk to others about how they became successful. Give generously to the poor–yes, my dad is very generous with his money.
Most of all, trust God and do His will. Don’t become entangled with sin.