Walter E. Williams

 We might be tempted to blame the rich. I say no. In the example of Donald Trump, had he privately tried to take Vera Coking's house, he would have been arrested and sent to jail. He avoids that risk by getting politicians under the color of law to do the same thing. In this case, we should blame politicians much more than Donald Trump.

 Finally, there's one thing that I truly don't understand. America's leftists, whether they are heads-full-of-mush college students and their professors, politicians, civil rights activists or union leaders, just love to beat up on the rich. But there's something they need to explain.

 Why are so many of their heroes rich and super rich? Most leftists, unionists and ex-flower children support John Kerry's candidacy. It turns out that if Kerry becomes president, he'll be the richest president in U.S. history and his vice president a multimillionaire. Leftists also idolize and worship the Hollywood rich and other rich people in the sports and entertainment industries. I'd like to know their criteria for which rich deserve our condemnation and which don't.

 As for me, I have nothing against rich people. In fact, I've been struggling most of my life to join them.

Walter E. Williams

Dr. Williams serves on the faculty of George Mason University as John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics and is the author of 'Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination?' and 'Up from the Projects: An Autobiography.'
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