No Todd, that is not the modern american way. That is the american way of our founding fathers who operated for over 150 years with no federal income taxes.
The modern american way is to communalize society and share. We don't even want to keep score in children's soccer games. that way there are no winners or whiners. And since all your monetary needs are met via social programs and wealth redistribution, you do not have to over exert yourself and risk any sort of personal stress or strife. Just take another hit on the crack pipe and collect that gumnt check every month. It will be alright.
It is just a damn shame that so many people are ignorant of fundamentals of business and economics that they espouse this liberal garbage on a regular basis. And they are ignorant of what drives the human phenomena for 90% of the population. 90% of the people are hunter / gatherer by nature. They want to find something that is meaningful in their lives. They want to earn their goods and earn their own comforts. 90% of the people want to provide for themselves with pride and 90% will do whatever they can to help a friend or neighbor in need.
Humanity and society have evolved forward as progressive, ambitious, self motivated people pushed forward and made the effort to better themselves. Look around the world and look at the societies which have not embraced rewarding self initiative and look at their general condition for education, women's rights, agriculture, poverty, etc. HOPE for a better life is a powerful motivator.
Off on a slight tangent, that is why I admire the heck out of the illegals that risk it all to come to USA and earn a living and improve their lives. At least they are doing SOMETHING to change their condition. God Bless every one of them !
I wish I understood the source of the mentality which says anyone has a right to take what you earned and give it to others against your will.