Occupy Golf Movement

This is making the rounds on the Internet:

I am a member of golf's lower 99%.
I am an indifferent golfer, and there's no way I could ever make it to
the professional level. I will never put in the practice time to be
the best. I will never have the shots, skills, or mental toughness to
make it in the sport. I just never felt like working all that hard at
it.
However, I am a part of the golfing community and, as such, feel I
should be paid by the top 1% of golfers for what I do. It isn't fair
that those players who have worked harder, have studied the game, have
better equipment and are more skilled and dedicated should make all
that BIG money.

Where's my share? I'm a Victim!

The top 1% should pay for my club memberships and green fees and
lessons, buy me new clubs, balls, clothes and shoes, and pay me some
of their winnings. They can afford it. They are "The Rich". The whole
system should be changed to accommodate people like me. I think we
should get together and occupy a golf course and demand that those who
are better at what they do, pay for us who generally suck. Whining
should get us something - maybe we'll make the cover of Time Magazine,
garnish some public sympathy. Heck, during this election year we may
even get a law or two passed by legislators who want our votes.

PS. Don't mention this to tennis players. We thought of it first.

Filed under: Political Correctness, Politics

Tags: golf, Occupy

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  • False analogy. There isn't an elite golfer alive who doesn't deserve to be where they are, you can't succeed in sports without talent and hard work.

    Do you really think the top 1% wealthy people in this country all got there through talent and hard work?

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    Jimmy, I'd be curious to here how you think the top 1% got there.

  • Let's see, the Walton family, none of whom founded a major company, have holdings equivalent to the bottom 40% of the US. Mitt Romney was able to take a chance on starting a company because he knew he had his father's wealth behind him. The Bush family...well, that's enough examples.
    We all have our strengths and weaknesses. In some cases, people will pay us well for our strengths. But we're also embedded in a society that allows us to be paid, and that society grew in large part out of common goods. That those who have profited from those common goods should give a bit more in return seems unremarkable to me.

  • In reply to wdshan:

    They do give a bit more proportionately. We have a progressive income tax, which means that the rich are taxed at a higher rate. Some can avoid those higher rates by making use of legal deductions and other tax breaks that Congress has approved. As I have said, I favor eliminating those tax breaks, thus increasing the number of people who are paying taxes. Both Democrats and Republicans don't seem interested in this rational step that was recommended by Obama's deficit reduction commission. Obama ignored this recommendation from his own commission.

    But when I hear that the "rich" should give more; they should give what's "fair," I ask what's fair. How much more? I never get an answer.

    Jimmy, obviously not everyone in the top 1 percent got there because of hard work and talent. But some did. But what does it matter how they got there? Why do they have to be cut down to size, as it were?

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    Well, Dennis, I think you do get answers. Restoring the top tax rate to 39.6% has been proposed along with eliminating some of the ridiculous tax breaks, as you point out.

    And I'll agree with you to the extent that it's too pat to see "soaking the rich" as the answer to our problems.

    But I don't think it's a matter of "cut[ting] them down to size." We are remarkably tolerant of the wealthy, of their excesses, of their indifference. However, we are not thus required to choose the tax rates that they want to pay; rather, to choose tax rates that balance need and equity.

    Could we overdo it? Sure, we could get carried away in a wave of populism. But there is so much money in politics these days that overdoing it seems a very remote possibility.

  • In reply to wdshan:

    What are we trying to accomplish with additional taxes? I've asked this question before without any logical answers. Obama would make you believe it is just about fairness. But fairness shouldn't be the driving factor behind tax increases (well maybe it's OK during an election year) . Is it about the economy? Jobs? The debt?

    Also, I think it's worth pointing out that, for the most part, the top 1% didn't just wake up rich one day. Only 14.7% of the top 1% received their fortune from wealth transfer (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/research-desk-did-the-top-1-percent-inherit-its-wealth/2011/11/04/gIQA4T8kmM_blog.html). And also keep in mind that that wealth transfer is taxed at 35% with near term increases to 55% January 1st.

    And the Walton family, their foundation gave out half a billion dollars last year alone. I guess paying your "fair share" doesn't include goodwill and charitable donations. It's only considered a fair payment when it goes to Uncle Sam who will then decide how it will be spent.

  • In reply to DonB:

    An informative answer, DonB. I didn't know about the 14 percent.

  • In reply to DonB:

    The Waltons are worth $93 billion. Their "goodwill and charitable donations" amounted to .54% of their wealth. Big deal!!!!!!!!

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