Many of the Occupy Wall Street crowd undoubtedly think very highly of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. After all, he espoused many of the same things they believe. One pro-OWS post I read recently on the internet went so far as to quote Roosevelt at some length. It was there that I came across this quote:
Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money, it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
I personally believe he’s only partially right. The other side of that coin is that joy lies not just in achievement and creative effort, but in being rewarded for that effort. However, that’s neither here nor there.
You see, FDR correctly argues that money in and of itself isn’t a wonderful thing. The quote in question seems to mean that earning it matters far more than simply having it. In this, I agree completely. Money that just appears in your wallet is meaningless to you. Money you’ve earned truly matters.
However, contrast this with the demands of some of the Occupy Wall Street crowd who want a “living wage” for all people in this country, regardless of employment history. Maybe it’s just me, but this actually flies in the face of what FDR himself seemed to argue in this quote. After all, money — and this includes any welfare proposal — is easily categorized as “the mere possession of money”.