There is so much resentment against the upper-class, and I don't understand it. Why do people resent the wealthy so much? The wealthy symbolize the American dream; contrary to popular belief, most fabulously wealthy people do not inherit their wealth: they earn it. People are so quick to distrust the wealthy; all they want to do is tax them more, regulate them more, and somehow make it out as if the wealthy are guilty and "owe" people something. Positively absurd! The wealthy have given something already to society.......that is why they are wealthy in the first place! Take Mr. Gates, founder of Microsoft. The mentality is increasingly becoming parasitic, where people are like "hey, let's just tax the wealthy and make them pay for everything"; that is extremely un-American. America is supposed to be a free-market country where people can put themselves to the test and try to find their own wealth, not a country where the idle and lame masses leech off of the wealthy few entrepreneurs. The entrepreneur is the embodiment of all that is good and American; of course, there is more to the American dream. America was the "land of opportunity", and the American dream is the dream of the entrepreneur and the dream of a sensible, suburban life in a conservative paradise. What has happened to this dream? Are there wealthy people that are schemers? Yes. Of course there are; and I do not defend them. But I honestly do think that the vast majority of the wealthy were simply hard-working, innovative entrepreneurs that earned their wealth and ought to keep it. We ought to reward them with tax cuts and more privileges, not punish them for doing a good thing (creating wealth)! I do not resent the wealthy. Instead, I hope to join them one day. Why do so many, particularly on the left (and even some on the right) resent the wealthy? Jealousy? I do not think that people are entitled to the jewels of the wealthy; how about they get off their asses and try to be entrepreneurs themselves?