TAX PROF IS DEAD right here when he asserts:
A reason for the “wealth or income gap”: Smart people keep on doing things that are smart and make them money while stupid people keep on doing things that are stupid and keep them from achieving.
People who get an education, stay off of drugs, apply themselves, and save and wisely invest their earnings do a lot better than people who drop out of school, become substance abusers, and buy fancy cars and houses that they can’t afford, only to lose them.
We don’t have an income gap. We have a stupid gap.
And, as I’ve long thought, one singular reason we do is that stupid no longer carries any stigma. You’re not allowed to stigmatize any behavior, no matter how stupid, destructive, self-centered, narcissistic, nihilistic … liberal it is. If reporters pulled no punches and honestly reported the truth about lackwits such as Medea Benjamin, Al Gore, and Barbra Streisand, if judges summarily dismissed witless lawsuits and sanctioned the ambulance chasers who bring them, if leaders told their constituents the truth about their silly lawless demands — and society backed them — we would be in nowhere near the straits we find ourselves sailing today.