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TO OUR POLITICIANS FROM A SPIRITUAL WORKING STIFF
Dr. Wayne Dyer
I am neither a Republican not a Democrat. Frankly, I still have difficulty
with the labels, conservative and liberal. Those who know me have never
been able to pigeonhole me. I relate to Kierkergaards's observation.
"Once you label me, you negate me." In truth, I am a working stiff.
I attended the Detroit public schools, entered the Navy at 18, spent
years on board ships and overseas. I worked my way through three degree
programs as a stock boy and cashier at a large supermarket chain, graduating
with a Ph.D.. In Educational Counseling. I have been a school teacher,
counselor and college professor. As of this date I work as a lecturer
writer, also producing video and audio tape programs on motivations,
spirituality and higher consciousness.
I have worked all my life, paid my taxes, supported my family and continue
to "chop wood and carry water," while being totally perplexed by what
hear coming out of the mouths of our politicians. As a working stiff
earned enough to be in that top 1% income bracket, here is what I would
like you, the politicians, to hear as you go about the business of
These are views shared by most of the people I speak to every day,
YOU ARE NOT OUR LEADERS.
No one that I know goes to sleep at night saying, "My leaders are in
Washington D.C." I fume when you refer to yourselves as our leaders.
may pass laws while sitting in committees and having Rose Garden ceremonies,
but the laws come after the real leadership has been implemented.
No politician was responsible for leading us in the struggle for civil
rights. Rosa Parks was a leader. Those who marched and ignored the
laws passed by lawmakers were the leaders of the civil rights movements.
Who were the leaders of the Renaissance? The office holders? The
politicians? No! The leaders were those who brought the world a new
consciousness through their writing, art, music, and through challenging
the entrenched ideologies of the office holders. These were the leaders.
When I hear you refer to yourselves as our leaders, I am always amused
such arrogance. We got to work, and send up to 50% of our earnings
You use our earnings to make yourselves more privileged than we are,
unlimited medical care, overly generous retirement guarantees, and
galore! All that you really do is write the rules using our funds to
This might be hard to accept, but try it on for size. We are not sheep
need to be led. We need servants who care. We are perfectly capable
leading ourselves; in fact we do it everyday.
YOU DO NOT CREATE JOBS.
I have written twenty books, produced hundred of tapes, and given several
thousand lectures over the past twenty-five years. When I sit down
create a book I send it to an editor who I pay to edit the manuscript.
way I see it, I just created a job. My editor receives payment, sends
her taxes and now two are working. The editing process involves a computer.
third job is created. The publisher copy edits the manuscript, and
job is created. This process continues through many levels, with a
after job being created all because I decided to write a book.
The printers, inspectors, typesetter, delivery people, booksellers,
accountants, stock boys, cashiers, have jobs that were created because
working stiffs have the ingenuity, gumption, and desire to create and
The woman who loves flowers and decides to open a florists shop creates
jobs. Without her desire and sweat we wouldn't need floral coolers,
delivery trucks, or growers. Nor would we need people to grow food
to feed those
workers or design garments to clothe them. The money you use to fund
producing legislation originate from those who produce. It is really
simple. Politicians do not create jobs.
As I see it, through the eyes of a working stiff, politicians can pass
which will ultimately determine whether anyone finds being productive
the effort any longer. If you decide to punish me with tax rules, or
regulate me, or constantly make my life miserable with forms, rules
regulations, I may decide that writing another book is no longer worth
effort. If I decide that, and you multiply me by the millions of us
produce wealth and jobs, you will see that you do not produce jobs
wealth with our policies.
You print money. You regulate. You pass laws. But we produce jobs. We
create wealth by working and producing, not by sitting in committees
up our self-importance.
ACT ON THE BASIS OF WHAT IS MORAL AND FAIR, NOT ON HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE
I heard over and over in the election debate that the inheritance tax
should remain, because only 2% of the population is affected by this
tax. I have
paid all of the taxes I owe to my government. What is left is mine
with as I please.
My death ought not trigger another tax on my remaining savings that
been already taxed. It does not matter if the tax affects one person
million people. It is simply wrong. When our ancestors moved to abolish
slavery, they didn't say, "Only 2% of the population is enslaved, so
keep this practice lawful." They finally realized that slavery was
and morally wrong.
Let those who aspire to greater abundance in their lives do so knowing
politicians are not going to confiscate it at the moment of their death.
what's right, what's moral, even when it affects only a small percentage
STOP MIXING PERCENTAGES AND DOLLAR AMOUNTS
AS A RATIONALE FOR YOUR PHILOSOPHY.
If there is a surplus in tax revenues it is an overpayment and belongs
those who sent it in. It ought to be returned in the same lawful proportion
that it was went in.
If I paid one million dollars in taxes it is not so outrageous that
should have returned to me higher dollar amount than someone who sent
thousand dollars in taxes. To say that the wealthy will receive $18,000
each while the poor will only receive $18.00 in a tax cut is a spurious
If you paid no tax, you do get not a tax cut. You can't cut zero and
something back. If you paid $200.00 in tax and you get a $40.00 refund
is a 20% tax cut. If you paid $500,000 in tax and you get back $20,000
is only a 4% tax cut.
It stands to simple reason and fair play that if you are going to ask
top 10% of the income earner to foot over 50% of the tax bills, then
it comes time to cut the taxes and return the surpluses, it ought to
to the taxpayers in the same proportion. Similarly, if the bottom 40%
earners pay no taxes, then they get no refund. It may not appeal to
but it makes sense to this working stiff who has been in all of those
at one time or another in his life.
WE DON'T NEED YOU TO FIGHT FOR US.
"I'll fight for you," seems to be the mantra of the modern politician.
who are you fighting anyway? Aren't you all there in Washington to
us? Don't you realize that fighting weakens you and rarely accomplishes
I would like for you to work for me, not fight. Tell me what you are
rather than what you oppose. I don't need to see any more debates.
not running against anyone. You have no opponents. The person who is
ballot with you is not someone you need to fight. Just tell me what
support and how you intend to make it happen, and let other candidate
the same. I don't need you to fight. I need you to state your vision
and commit to bringing it about.
In 1967 Mother Theresa was asked to march against the war in Vietnam
she refused saying, "I won't march against anything. But when you have
for peace, I'll be there." Let this spirit infuse your intentions.
*YOU DON'T EMPOWER US, WE ARE ALREADY POWERFUL.
My most disconcerting moments in the election season were hearing, "We're
for the people, they're for the powerful," and then seeing this slogan
USA Today headline the next day. It became a mantra for the last six
of the campaign.
Inherent in such a phrase is the idea that the people are not powerful,
only those who are well off are empowered. Generation after generation
in America have come to believe this line of thinking; "You have no
but we, your leaders in Washington will do it for you." It is just
kind of thinking that leads people to assume they are powerless to
create their own greatness, to attract abundance and health into their
lives to transcend the ordinary levels of disempowerment.
I want to hear you say, "You are powerful, you are connected to the
and with HWHY you can accomplish anything you make up your mind to
you see others who appear to be more powerful than you, then associate
them emulate their strengths. Create a powerful vision for yourself.
find fault with those who have elevated themselves. Learn from them,
your own serenity and grace and know that you are powerful. I'll support
such a vision in all legislation. Keep your hopes high."
In Wisdom of The Ages I wrote an essay based upon Michelangelo's
observation "The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim
is too high and we
miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." I want to hear you
of high hopes, of the power of our spirit, a spirit that knows no favorites
and is in each and every one of us.
DON'T GIVE YOURSELF WHAT YOU DENY TO THOSE
WHO PAY FOR WHAT YOU HAVE!
If we send a portion of our income to you, don't use that money to vote
yourself benefits that we are denied. If you get universal medical
paid for by those of us who created wealth, then be sure to grant it
to all of us. If you get to retire with 90% of your paycheck, then
that we who pay for it get the same perk.
Be ever mindful of your role. You have elected to be a servant of the
people. The people own the house. They built it. But they can't run
everyday nor can they protect it, and build roads leading up to it.
people can't educate the children and regulate the economy because
too busy working. So they hire servants to handle these duties and
those servants to protect, regulate, and handle the affairs of
But the house is still owned by the people. The servants don't get to
demands. The people do. The servants don't own the funds they receive
protecting, regulating, and delegating. The people do. It's our house.
the powerful working stiffs of America own it.
We lead ourselves everyday, and if you want to speak to us, do it from
heart, without a Teleprompter or a spin doctor at your side. We are
hard working and straightforward. We are generous and kind to those
need. We don't need to be coddled or lied to. We can smell insincerity
and BS a
mile away. We pay the freight and keep it moving across America everyday.
Not because you are leading us. We are not following you or anyone
There is a spirit in all of us. A spirit that urges us upward to a greater
connection to that which is just, moral and honest. We expect no less
those who have chosen to serve.
The above writing is authored by
Dr. Wayne Dyer
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