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Every once in a while I switch the TV channel from Fox to CNBC to see what the liberals are saying.  After listening awhile I get a deep sense of hopelessness and foreboding for our country.  The most important thing for the left is giving money to people.  They are happy to see the growth of food stamps, disability payments, housing subsidies, free healthcare and all the other welfare benefits.  They utterly fail to see the damage it is doing to the recipients.  Whole cities that once flourished have deteriorated into rotting eyesores populated with shambling hulks of chemically dependent drones.  These people are no longer employable.  They have become incompetent and helpless and the liberals can’t see that it’s their doing.

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In this era of "Occupy Wall Street" and other drama, some basic questions are not being asked. How do the protesters define the "wealth" they want a greater share of?  Who or what creates wealth?
Does wealth have a single definition?
Wanting more wealth, what are the protestors figuring on doing to get more of it?  Do they feel they must give something from themselves to get wealth from someone else?
Ben Franklin once said the wealthiest person is the one who is most content with what he has. Is wealth physical possessions?  And if it is, why are so many wealthy movie stars, sports stars, politicians and others seemingly so unhappy?
And why do you meet some people with little material substance who seem so full of joy?
Is health your wealth?  What about loving relationships?  What about family and friends?  Do you have a good mentor who is part of your wealth?
Or, does wealth always mean money and physical possessions as the protestors seem to want more of? Does everything of value have a price tag?
What is wealth?  Government-backed paper?  Is it really SECURITY many people call wealth?
I know some monetarily wealthy people in their 80s who would give up a substantial amount of their financial wealth for the wealth of youth and health.
What makes YOU happy and content?  What would make the Occupy protesters content and give them the feeling of wealth.
If a "pet rock" cost you $5 some 30 years ago, does it have the same value today as it did then?   
In today's measurement by many of paper and computer blips being used as a medium of exchange, many things get skewed.  Federal Reserve notes and the notes of other nations' central bankers defy the definition of money as being a "store of value." 
But for the sake of argument, Federal Reserve notes are a reward for solving a problem for someone, be it a customer, boss or someone else with "money."
Asking politicians to use the force of government to take someone else's property does not create more wealth because it does not create more of anything of value.  It simply rips off one person and gives their property to someone who has not solved a problem for the person being ripped off.
Don't you think all of the "Occupy" protesters could be out solving problems for other people and businesses?
Don't we have many challenges and problems that the protesters could be trying to earn wealth by solving?

                         WHAT KIND OF WEALTH IS IMPORTANT TO YOU
One young man complained that he has no money.  "Son, have you EVER had money?"  Yes, he answered.  "What happened to it?" I asked.  "I spent it," he said.  What's the mystery about what happened to his money?   He did not value it enough to save some of it.
BEHAVIOR and choices have much to do with money.  The same may be said about the wealth of health. I know some brilliant people who put their health in risk because they did not respect it.
What you respect and pursue, you often gain.  What you don't respect often disappears from your life.
Some people I know think that a symbol of wealth is sitting in a costly specialty coffee shop drinking a cup of coffee for $6 or more when tax and tip are included.  I usually try to buy lunch for that.
Some people feel that a new car with many options, which raises insurance prices and depreciation costs, is a sign of great wealth and success.  To someone else, that may be a big liability.  They would rather keep the non-discript car they have and save or invest money to make them more money.
Some of the TV networks have been interviewing "Occupy" figures who tell how they went to college, even got a master's degree, and they can't "find a job."
I will tell you, I know a plumber who has an 8th grade education who makes over $125,000 a year to help meet a demand for good plumbers.  He has ambition and drive and is solving problems for people, even if it is unclogging their pipes and toilets. It is working for him.
I know some people who are constantly broke who, when they had some extra money, headed toward the ta too parlor or got body parts pierced.  They felt that was real wealth to them.
What is "wealth" in your mind?  Vacations?  Going to music concerts and professional sports games at costly amounts?  Going to theme parks?
What represents the most wealth, going to a concert at $100 plus a ticket, or going to the Library? What represents the greatest wealth, buying cups of coffee at $6 a cup, or going to a religious service?
Our beliefs, our behavior, or desires determine our financial wealth and many other forms of wealth.
The wealth of relationships and health are also determined by the above.
I wonder if some people protesting just are not wanting what someone else has---a case of the age-old green eyed monster?
Yes, some people can get down on their luck; some people may lose a job overnight or their health mail fail them.  This is life and it has always been live and it can happen to anyone.
There will always be someone who makes more money than you do.  There will always be someone has has more physical possessions than you do.  There will always be someone that someone else thinks is better looking than you.
Try to be content with what you have and build on it from there.  Demanding an award of someone else's property will not increase wealth.  It will increase resentment and less incentive for that person to try to acquire and keep any more wealth.
What is disturbing that we have millions of people here and around the world who think someone else owes them something this instant.  Minds occupied with thoughts of anger and resentment seldom are creative minds.
The idea is to BAKE NEWS PIES, not to steal slices from someone else's pie, or to smash the other person's pie if they don't' voluntarily share it.
Government, not only here but in much of the world, aids and abets people who are not so much interested in baking their own pie, but in grabbing a slice of yours.
 Often, more work is involved in trying to slice off a piece of someone else's pie than in baking your own.
There are no doubt some very good people in the Occupy movement. There are probably about as many views of wealth among the protesters as there are protesters.
Biographies of successful and powerful people are built upon tragedy, despair and injustice. Such people simply figured they had to change themselves in some way to adjust to what was bothering them.

For many of our Occupy protesters, a change of ideals and attitude would help them with their anger.  As many hard answers in life, they are usually found within OURSELVES.