It’s time for American Democracy to take the next step, and the next step is away from wealth for wealth’s sake and towards rewarding people with motivation and old-fashioned determination to succeed. Collectively we have the money to make this step.

What I object to is the hierarchy of money and that the descendants of rich people will never have to do anything meaningful or any hard work their entire lives.

Google up the number of billionaires and multi-billionaires in the US and in the world, and you will discover what many people already know. We have a wealth bubble of gigantic proportions.

Some rich men have already realized the truth of my words, men like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. Mr. Buffett doesn’t plan to leave most of his wealth to his children. The Washington Post reported in 2014 that each of his children will inherit $2 billion. In Buffett’s opinion, this is “enough money so that they would feel they could do anything, but not so much that they could do nothing.”


Still Bill Gates and Warren Buffett live in entirely different worlds than you or I. For instance, given the chance, I’m sure I could manage to float through an entire lifetime doing pretty much nothing with $2 billion dollars.

I do not envy rich people their money. They have nicer houses and better toys, but that’s fine with me. What does bother me is that rich people hoard and store their money in offshore tax havens and gigantic trust funds that keep all that money “buried” so that it will never again see the light of day. The flaw in trickle down economics is that it doesn’t.

Before you accuse me of being a Redistributionist of wealth, that is not what I am suggesting. I am not saying that we should take from the rich and give to the poor. There’s no such thing as “leveling the playing field”, and that idea completely goes against the grain of American Democracy.

If you have earned a bundle, then you should, by all means, enjoy your money and spend it as you please. Buy ten mansions and six yachts. Give your children and your grandchildren each a yacht. I’m fine with that; but when you die, let’s put the excess money to good use.

What I am suggesting is funding a meritocracy by funding a system of free education.

Proposed: a society based on merit and achievement. Not one based on inheritance and privilege, nor on intelligence judged by test scores, but on the drive to succeed in the real world. Let’s reward the best of us, instead of instituting a societal caste system of privilege and birth right.

The profits of our labors should be used to fund education, education in the broadest sense of the word, education for those who seek to be educated in the trades, engineering, medicine, and all of science for the benefit of us all.