I read a little story about envy once. I believe it was in The Gunsite Gossip years ago.
There were two Russian peasants, Ivan and Boris. Both were struggling to make a living. Boris kept a miserly eye on his finances and finally saved up enough to buy a goat so his children could have some milk and a little cheese. Ivan didn't handle his meager earnings as well and could never save up enough to have the good things in life.That pretty well sums up envy. I can picture Ivan grumbling "It's not fair" as he thinks about Boris and his children drinking milk while never thinking about how Boris sacrificed to buy the goat while Ivan wasted his money on vodka.
One day while Ivan was doing whatever peasants did in those days he came across an old lamp that had been buried. Thinking that he might clean it up and sell it he started polishing it.
A genie appeared and said "Thank you for releasing me from my prison. To repay you for this service I will grant you one wish. Anything you want. Just name it and it is yours."
Ivan said "Anything I want?"
The genie replied "Anything you want."
Ivan thought for a moment and said "I wish that Boris's goat would die."
That is the sort of thing the administration is aiming at with this tax on "the rich" to pay for socialized medicine. They are hoping that most people will be like Ivan and burn down their own house to keep someone else from enjoying their larger and nicer house. Expect high income earners to find ways to lower their apparent income.
Here is another link to this.
Here is more. According to this article:
July 15 (Bloomberg) -- House Democrats plan to fund the broadest U.S. health-care expansion in four decades by increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans, imposing a surtax of 5.4 percent on couples with more than $1 million in income.
The legislation unveiled yesterday would place additional taxes on households with more than $350,000 a year in income and calls for further increases if the measure doesn’t hit a target for cost savings. The provisions are intended to raise $544 billion over 10 years.
Plan on the "further increases". This is all about transferring and increasing the power of the federal government. Get people upset at the "evil rich" and use the force of government to take what they have. Hurt them even if it hurts you in the process.
Here is another great little piece. How many times have I heard about how great socialized medicine works? Too many to count. Seems to me it isn't working so well in that case. As times get tighter there you can expect the delays to get longer and eventually that treatment will be withheld for anyone over a certain age. Except for high ranking government officials.
Envy is the tool that will force socialized medicine on us as it forces most left wing ideas on us. Remember Ivan? He could have asked for his own goat. He could have asked for goats for everyone in his village. Instead he gave up that benefit so he could hurt someone that had more than he did.