This seems to us like an appropriate time to remind everyone what our Founding Fathers actually thought about the responsibility of the wealthy to our country.
"Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for the profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it." ~ John Adams, Founding Father; Thoughts on Government, 1776
Now is that time, Mr. Romney, Peter Schiff of Euro Pacific Capital, et al, who somehow believe they are entitled to pillage this country for their personal gain. They aren't, and we won't let them anymore.
"The Remissness of our People in Paying Taxes is highly blameable; the Unwillingness to pay them is still more so. I see, in some Resolutions of Town Meetings, a Remonstrance against giving Congress a Power to take, as they call it, the People's Money out of their Pockets, tho' only to pay the Interest and Principal of Debts duly contracted. They seem to mistake the Point. Money, justly due from the People, is their Creditors' Money, and no longer the Money of the People, who, if they withold it, should be compell'd to pay by some Law. ...
"All the Property that is necessary to a Man, for the Conservation of the Individual and the Propagation of the Species, is his natural Right, which none can justly deprive him of: But all Property superfluous to such purposes is the Property of the Publick, who, by their Laws, have created it, and who may therefore by other Laws dispose of it, whenever the Welfare of the Publick shall demand such Disposition. He that does not like civil Society on these Terms, let him retire and live among Savages. He can have no right to the benefits of Society, who will not pay his Club towards the Support of it." ~ Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father; The Founders' Constitution, Volume 1, Chapter 16, Document 12
Do you understand that, Messrs. Romney and Schiff? Our Founding Fathers would relegate you and your kind to exile with the savages, being unworthy of the great gifts this country — by virtue of our hard work — has given to you.
You are entitled to profit, and profit greatly. But you are not entitled to profit at our expense.
Winning Words when discussing this issue: Thriving Wages for Workers (not "living" wages), Earned Benefits (not "entitlement" programs), Survival Security (not welfare), Patriotic Responsibility.