Most of the time.
It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.
"Wealth of Nations," Book V, Chapter II, Part II, Article I, pg.911
However, at the textile mill I work at, I know plenty of people who work hard for the sake of working hard and never aspire to even being a supervisor. Many only make 10 or 11 an hour, but they tend to be happy people.
Often, the low paying jobs are hard work. My dad never got a formal education, he worked very hard all his working years, sometimes two jobs. He is the one who taught me the importance of hard work, and I can honestly say that I love to work. It's good for my body, mind, and spirit.
You might have considered asking if hard work at improving one's chances of success always lead to a higher income, in which case I would have said usually.
Last edited by lizzie; 04-23-10 at 09:37 PM.
"God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
-C G Jung
1) working hard was no guarantee you would make the law review on grades or graduate as a member of "The order of coif"
2) not working hard was a guarantee you would not make the law review or graduate with honors
I am sure that someone proved the 2nd proposition wrong at some point but for the most part he was dead on accurate.
many of those people who are poor never learned how to work hard and never had anyone around them who did
I guess to answer your question about the poor being lazy. No, not all poor people are poor because they are lazy. Many are poor because they are ill or can't work. Many are poor because they can't receive an education. And many are poor simply because of the times. My family has been extremely poor before and my dad worked his butt off to provide our basic needs. He is one of the hardest working people I know. If anything, I would say many poor people have a better work ethic than rich people.
Sadly working for others leaves you at the decisions of others and many persons in managment postions simply haven't got a clue.