Readers' forum: 'Haves' and 'have mores'

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 8 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

In this photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, an Occupy Seattle protester wears a Guy Fawkes mask while protesting in downtown Seattle.

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I disagree with John Florez' description ("Are 'occupiers' protesters or patriots," Nov. 5) of America as "the 1 percent haves and the 99 percent have nots."

Anyone who remotely believes that the vast majority of Americans can be classified as "have nots" has completely lost his grip on reality. Even the majority of America's poor have a standard of living that not only far exceeds most of the world's population (air conditioning, cell phones, cars, cable TV, etc.), but also is even far ahead of what most of the country enjoyed in past decades.

With the noteworthy exception of the poorest of the poor, America is more accurately described as "haves" and "have mores."

Occupy Wall Street's attacks on the 1 percent reminds me of a story I recently heard.

A poor farmer found an old lamp in his field. As he rubbed it, a genie appeared and offered to grant him one wish. Now, this farmer had a neighbor, better off than himself, who owned one goat, where he had none. This difference had always bothered him.

After a moment of thought, the farmer knew this was his chance to make him equal with his neighbor.

"Genie" he said "kill my neighbor's goat."

Drew Allen


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