I read an article in the Wall Street Journal 12-15 years ago about "Who are the millionaires in our country." Turns out that 80% are the guy next door, who started a small business with a commonly used product or service and built that business through hard work and determination. Very few are from inherited money. Even fewer are those who came up with some revolutionary idea or whiz bang electronic device. Did I mention hard work and determination? Now, if I build my construction business to the point where I'm well off, why should I have to support a bunch of lazy bums who won't get off their duff to go to work. McDonalds is a starting job; you can go up from there! WalMart is a starting job; you can go up from there! Many liberals complain that Walmart and other large corporations don't pay enough and don't have good benefits. Tough beans! Go to your local Walmart and try to get an employee to quit his job. The problem with our economy right now is that, since LBJ and his "Great Society" programs, millions have learned to live on the government dole, in government provided housing, with a government provided big screen. It's a lot easier than working for a living so why would you want to work? Increasing government welfare doesn't get people back to work, the will to work and move up does. When you punish the folks, business, who create jobs why would they care about creating more jobs? As far as Europe goes, my mother immigrated here from Germany in 1938, and we still have many relatives in Germany. Don't try to tell me, or them, that socialism is the way to go. It is a good way to starve to death on $ 50,000 US per year. High taxes, high prices, high unemployment and millions crying for more government. Let them have it! It doesn't work.