Gansmann: What did we do wrong?
Ryan Summerlin March 20, 2013
We were born in the 1940s, ’50s and early ’60s.
We had two parents, both of whom grew up during the depression and WWII.
We came from meager means. We received life values from our parents and teachers.
We grew up in civil societies where free individuals thrived and communities flourished.
We graduated from high school in four years. If we had a car, we paid for it.
Many of us were the first in our families to go to and graduate from college, but we paid for most of those expenses ourselves.
We started families and instilled the same values in them as our parents did in us.
We worked at jobs that were available. We were happy with what we made and the opportunity for advancement. We wanted equal opportunity – not equal results
We saved for big-ticket items before buying them.
Some of us started businesses to meet the needs and wants of others.
Our success came from working longer hours and smarter than others.
Out success didn’t come at the expense of everyone else.
We donated our money and time to charities and local governments. We still do this.
We are nearing retirement and are now told we didn’t do all of this on our own.
We are told to give more of what we make to the government, so they can share it with others and keep getting our representatives re-elected to keep their jobs.
Our reward is to pay much more in taxes than average – over 13 percent more in 2013.
What did we do wrong?
Ken Gansmann, Silverthorne