Don't Hate Rich People Just Hate The Ill-Gotten Ways They Make Their Money!
Fraud, Tax Evasion, Toxic Derivatives, Executives Owning Their Boards & Compensation Committees Awarding Themselves Outrageous Pay For Unprecedented Failure, Stock Options That Repeatedly Have Their Strike Price Changed Until They Finally Hit It Big. The Sordid List Goes on...Americans Don't Hate Rich People, Only Crony Capitalism That Enriches A Few And Impoverishes The Majority!
Many of the rich have the focused motivation and intelligence necessary to create a path to wealth.
Take my brother,for instance. He is very focused. Even as a 10 year old he set goals for himself to become the millionaire that he is today. It's not for everyone. Take myself for instance, I'm not motivated about creating wealth. I have a comfortable lifestyle which I am satified with. Many people are very materalistic, unlike me. Materialism can create jealousy and envy. I hear envy is one of the 7 deadly sins. President Obama is encouraging envy of others to make us unhappy with ourselves. Government holds no responsibility in making you wealthy or even happy. It's the individual's responsibility in creating the future that they can be happy with. The sooner people can figure that out on their own the more likely they will be in doing something about it,right!?
Not all are crooks. A fair share are. You have to blame the pols too that do not regulate the financial dealings to insure honesty. Most pols are bought and paid for by the crooked thieves you mention. I too have no problem with anyone that makes money honestly. But, be careful looking to thieves in government to go after those that pay them off.