|Ya but wealthy people have more money to invest and investment tax is taxed at a lower rates. And if "non-rich" people wanted to invest they would be taxed at the same rate also.|
Yeah but you can't invest if you are living paycheck to paycheck and barely make enough money to make your necessary payments.
That's where the system is broken. "The rich get richer" because they make money simply by having money
... whereas many people who work equally hard (or harder) struggle to make ends meet.
Investing is sort of like a rich privilege. Most people can't do it. So of course it's taxed less... because that's how rich people make their money. Tax dodge.
|Basically the point I am trying to say is it isn't the wealthy people not paying their share which is the problem.|
I actually agree. I don't think taxes are really an issue. For one reason... the government makes enough money... they're just really terrible at managing it. If we give them more money they'll just waste more of it.
|Winning gives you something to strive for and losing gives you the kick in the butt you need to do better. The way I like to think about is like sports. There wouldn't really be much point of basketball or baseball or whatever sport you wanna name if everyone was winners would there? What would push you to practice and try and achieve better?|
The problem with this analogy is that "losing" at life is something you generally can't recover from. Unlike in sports, you can't just "play another game of life" where you learned from your mistakes.
Furthermore, many of the "losers" aren't losers because they made bad decisions.... and many of the "winners" aren't winners because they made good decisions. Most of it has to do with the life they were born into.
Another way the sports analogy is flawed is that life is not a competition. Theoretically, everyone could be a "winner". It's not a zero sum game. You don't need to have poor people in order for there to be wealthy people (as you mention in your post). Etc, etc.
Anyway... as for your actual question.... people should do what they love... what they have a passion for. That's a motivating factor far greater than money can ever be. That's the real drive of innovation, invention and discovery. So many people work in areas for free, be it as volunteers or as a hobby or whatever.
The fear of "losing" and/or the desire of "winning" are not really motivators for anything other than financial gain... and financial gain is not productive from a societal standpoint. In fact, it's quite often the opposite... we do things "incorrectly" for the sake of producing income and providing jobs.
Sit back and think about it for a bit... we live in a culture where "job creation" is considered a good thing. The way our economy works... it is... but in the grand scheme of things, wouldn't it be better if there were fewer jobs? If people didn't have to work themselves to death to make ends meet? We're striving for something that is so far removed from what we actually need/want.
Oregon is a good example. In order to boost employment, they have a law that says no gas stations can be self-service. You go anywhere in Oregon state and you do not pump your own gas. Someone is paid to do it for you.
What's the point of that? Is that person really
contributing to society by pumping my gas? Or are we just forcing him into a miserable job so that he can be "working" because that's the way our system operates?
Quite honestly... I'd rather pay just as much in gas and have that guy be paid without having to pump my gas, so that he can do what he wants with his life.