The way socialists see things, nobody ever did anything for themselves. Which is technically true. Unless you live in the wilderness of course. But using their devious logic, since people who live in societies rely on others, whatever you own belongs to everybody else. So if you worked hard, saved, invested, and found yourself after a long period of deferred gratification, with a million bucks or so, you really don’t own it. Because you couldn’t have done it without the help of other people. So let Big Government take care of that “unearned” dough you accumulated...we’ll redistribute it (Obama’s own words) to the right people...you awful capitalist pig you.
Is it the chicken or the egg???
The people who work and slave to create and run the successful businesses pay the taxes, and hire the people who make the wages that also pay the taxes. The government uses the tax money it collects from successful businesses and their employees to provide, as one person who told me I didn’t “understand” what Obama said in his speech said: “support and services that we as individuals or specialized companies aren’t in a position to provide for ourselves—like police and fire protection, safe drinking water, food, air, and medications, a civil and criminal court system, a highway system and bridges to provide mobility, a military to provide us defense and a banking system to facilitate commerce and exchange”. AND, our taxes provide these things NOT only for ourselves, but for everyone in this great Country to enjoy, including those who produce nothing at all and live off the government dole (US!!!) for generations.
NONE of this infrastructure would be available for anyone to enjoy without the successful business and their employees paying for it -— because the Government doesn’t have any money that it didn’t first TAKE from someone who actually EARNED IT.