Watching the coverage of the Powerball lottery yesterday, was more like watching an infomercial to encourage gambling. It seems that the media has spent itself sneering at Tea Partiers worried about the economy and are just fine promoting poverty culture. But some of the coverage also shows the truth about the envy in such a culture.
Manufacturing Occupy Wall Street
People pretend that the key to “American enterprise” is desperately wanting “a better life” so that people work hard to get there. But the desires don’t typically produce work and patience. Rather they feed resentment and goad people into carrying crippling debt loads. Our ruling class, with their Keynesian and quasi-Keynsian economists, really just wants people to lust after wealth. Powerball, with the free advertising given to it by the media, is a way of training people to want a lot of stuff and dream of being rescued from their unsatisfactory lives. And when they are not rescued, they will want someone to punish for it.
Encouraging people to want to get rich quick, to the point of making the irrational decision to buy into a lottery, does not produce a truly productive population. It produces a growing number of malcontents who are dissatisfied with life, but not in a way that would cause them to work faithfully, and live frugally, to improve themselves as much as possible. Instead you will get people who expect politicians to give them things. They will also be ready and willing to take risks with debt on the assumption that they will get the life “they deserve” by such means.
The only ones who benefit from this are politicians and their bankers. We become a nation of dependent, needy sheep.
Who’s the 1% Now?
But amid the glorification of Powerball, are some glimpses of real life. I saw the media report in ways that should be applied to the envy and resentment aimed at the wealthy in most political campaigns. For example, AP reports,
“Past winners of mega-lottery drawings and financial planners have some more sound advice: Stick to a budget, invest wisely, learn to say no and be prepared to lose friends while riding an emotional roller-coaster of joy, anxiety, guilt and distrust. ‘I had to adapt to this new life,’ said Sandra Hayes, 52, a former child services social worker who split a $224 million Powerball jackpot with a dozen co-workers in 2006, collecting a lump sum she said was in excess of $6 million after taxes. ‘I had to endure the greed and the need that people have, trying to get you to release your money to them. That caused a lot of emotional pain. These are people who you’ve loved deep down, and they’re turning into vampires trying to suck the life out of me.’”
Amazingly, AP takes Hayes seriously as a victim beset by traitorous friends who turned into vampires. Is this not a description of the Obama Campaign and the present fervor of him and his followers against the “wealth” to make sure they “sacrifice” more? Obama is trying to encourage exactly the same kind of attitude that drives lottery winners away from their friends.
Remember, while only some people commit acts of fraud or corruption, Obama is campaigning on hurting all of the ones who earn over $250,000. Occupy Wall Street was opposed to everyone in “the one percent.” And they act enraged that anyone resists their efforts. But surely the average wealthy person, whether he made a fortune or inherited it, has every right to be as careful as the person who won the lottery. They have just as much right as any lottery winner to not want to be preyed upon by people who they see trying to “suck the life” out of them.
Obama is the vampire trying to suck the life out of the economy. Powerball is one way in which the media cooperates in encouraging us to help him and to believe we need him.