Insightful post, Dinosaur. The economy is not a zero-sum game. The problem is that some people judge what they have relative to others (and ONLY by that metric!), regardless of the absolute standard of living of society. In other words, the taking is more important than the having; they would rather we all have much less...as long as no one has much more! The typical American welfare recipient's standard of living FAR EXCEEDS that of King Henry VIII!