Thank a Rich Person: How Wealthy People Make American Society Better
One of the things that is wrong with America, it’s this marketed notion that one should aspire to be poor, meek, or average. No. Nobody, anywhere at anytime in world history are happy with being average, unless of course they are perpetually lazy. For such people, they are the mouths behind the communist movement in America.
A man does not become rich by just making money. They become rich by having an idea that nobody else has uncovered yet. The lure of treasure and financial reward is the engine that drives such a quest, and society benefits from that quest with new invention. The wealth and jobs created from those ideas are what makes American society great.
And the sum of those elements give American youth something to aspire to.
Take for instance Orlando, Florida. Back in the 1950’s there was nothing in Orlando but a few buildings. I’ve revealed my admiration of Walt Disney more than once at this site. I’ve talked about how successful he’s been, and what a self-made man he was. He did not even graduate high school, yet he created one of the most dynamic companies in the world. Orlando is the city it is today because Disney had the vision to build Walt Disney World there, and over the years, the entire economy of Orlando has thrived because of Walt’s idea. Disney wanted to build a park dedicated to the films he produced, where imagination had no limit. That was his premise. The result was explosive.
On November 12, 2009, The Walt Disney Company reported $10.667 billion in theme park and resort earnings for fiscal year 2009, ending October 3, 2009. This figure includes earnings from the Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland, Disneyland Resort Paris, Tokyo Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Disney Vacation Club and Disney Cruise Lines. A majority of that income is centered around the Orlando operations. 36% of the entire GDP of the state of Florida which is the state Orlando resides in, and most of that is tourism that started with an idea from Walt Disney.
Sea World did not set up its park in Orlando on its own. It went there because of the success of Disney World. Universal Studios did not set up in Orlando with their two parks, Universals Studios and Islands of Adventure on their own. They went there because of Disney World. All the interesting restaurants, hotels and shopping establishments on International in Orlando and Kissimmee all are there because of Disney World.
Not a single building was put up in Orlando because of a creative union, a teacher, a cop, firefighter, an SEIU worker, a president, a congressman, a senator. All those types of people are employees to the originator of the idea, and that is Walt Disney.
For the mind to wrap itself around just how important Walt Disney World in Orlando is to not just the state of Florida, but the entire United States have a look at these numbers from source article at the link, a majority of the text is below however:
When you read this, think for just a second of all the companies that exist just to supply Walt Disney World with material, whether it be food, wrappers, steel for construction, concrete, you name it.
30,500 acres or 43 square miles of property is what is considered the original area centrally located in Florida and is considered the largest of its kind in the world.
1965 is when the public was told about the Walt Disney World Resort Plans
52 months of construction were needed to build Walt Disney World back in 1971.
8 million cubic yards of earth were moved to build Walt Disney World.
2,000 acres remain open for development by the Walt Disney World Company.
$180 an acres was a great price for the Florida land, until Disney was named the person buying the land then the price went to $1000 an acre.
27,258 acres of land were purchased for WDW
$5,018, 770 was the cost of the 27,258 acres
18 months of moving dirt were used to just prepare the Magic Kingdom site to be built.
8 million cubic yards of earth were moved to build the Magic Kingdom.
2,600,000 chocolate covered Mickey Mouse ice cream bars are sold every year at Walt Disney World (WDW)
4 colors make up the official colors of WDW, lagoon blue, mint green, pumpkin orange, lavender.
450 acre area is Bay Lake and located near the Magic Kingdom.
4.5 miles of beach line the Seven Seas lagoon and Bay Lake
2.385 billion gallons make up the volume of water that is Bay Lake and the adjoining Seven Seas Lagoon.
3.8 million pens are purchased by WDW each year.
600 tons of steel helps make up Cinderella’s Castle, and not a single stone.
4 inches is the distance the driver of the armored car has between the door and the wall of the Utilidors, which is the only gas-powered vehicle allowed in the Tunnel.
9 acres of tunnel are under the Magic Kingdom.
14 feet below ground are the 9 acres of tunnels servicing the Magic Kingdom.
2 times a month the horse shaped hitching posts on Main Street, USA are scraped and painted.
20 minutes is all it takes to fill Splash Mountain and 5 Minutes to drain it.
47 square miles is the original property size that was purchased for Walt Disney World.
7,500 acres were set aside as Conversation area in 1970 and developed a system of more than 43 miles of canals and 22 miles of levees to control the water level.
70,000 fingerling bass were originally stocked in Bay lake when WDW first opened.
4 trains are part of the WDW railroad; each train has 5 cars and can hold approximately 360 Guests and 2 wheelchairs. The train names are: Walter E. Disney (red), Lilly Belle (green),Roger E. Broggie (yellow),Roy O. Disney (blue).
10 miles per hour is the touring speed of the WDW railroad trains travel at while taking you on your scenic journey around the park.
3,000,000 are how many passengers the WDW railroad carries each year.
100,000 guests is the max capacity for the Magic Kingdom. The parking lot closes at 75,000 to allow room for Hotel resort guests arriving on buses, boats and monorail.
11,000 firework shows per year makes WDW the largest consumer of fireworks in North America.
2,300 wedding are estimated to take place at WDW in a year.
15,000 weddings have taken place at WDW since September 1991.
7 million hamburgers are sold in the park each year
5 million hotdogs are consumed each year in the park
1.4 million barbecued turkey legs are consumed each year at Walt Disney World
58,000 employees are employed by Walt Disney world as of 2006, spending more than $1.1 billion on payroll and $478 million in benefits each year
5,000 employees are dedicated to the maintenance and engineering at WDW including 750 horticulturists and 600 painters.
$100 million is spent each year to maintain the Magic Kingdom.
10 of the 12 trains can be stored in the maintenance shop on its upper level (the bottom level houses the four steam locomotives that circle the Magic Kingdom). On any given night, two Mark VI trains are parked outside the gate of the Magic Kingdom. No train will ever be left outside two nights in a row.
150 truckloads of holiday decorations adorn the Walt Disney World Resort and 300,000 yards of ribbon and bows drape over 1,500 Christmas trees during the yuletide season.
72,000 ticket holders at the FedEx Orange Bowl National Championship game in Miami each receive a surprise free ticket to any Disney theme park in the world. The largest Disney theme park ticket give-away ever was part of the launch of the Happiest Celebration on Earth, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Disneyland and Disney theme parks.
50,000th child to have a Disney theme park wish granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Disney. This event took place on October 6, 2005.
2,500 different Cast Member costume designs make up a working wardrobe of about 1.8 million pieces. Approximately 13,000 costume pieces are manufactured each year at Walt Disney World.
15 million miles are driven by the Walt Disney World bus fleet each year.
3,421,399 (approximately)famous “Mouse Ear” hats sold each year at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando to cover the head of every man, woman and child in Portland, Oregon.
30th year anniversary for Walt Disney World was celebrated October 1, 2001. Happy Anniversary !
392,040 square feet of space under the Magic Kingdom creates the Utilidors and are bustling with action. Beside navigation information the walls are covered with motivational information, such as the 7 rules of a Cast Member.
750 watercraft makes Walt Disney World the 5th largest fleet of watercraft in the world.
14 feet deep is the Seven Sea lagoon, but Bay lake is only 12 feet deep.
2.5 million garments(pieces) exist in Walt Disney World costuming department.
150,000 gallons of paint were purchased in 2004 enough to cover 7,500 average size homes.
263 buses are in service at Walt Disney World.
50 million soft drinks are sold annually at WDW.
9 million pounds of French Fries are sold annually at WDW.
194,871 miles of toilet tissue are used annually at WDW.
24,409 miles of paper towels are used annually at WDW.
319,353 lbs. of chocolate are used annually at WDW.
1.2 million pounds of watermelon are used annually at WDW.
741,150 pounds of sugar are used annually at WDW.
1.8 million pounds of flour are used annually at WDW.
245,000 pounds of fruit filling are used annually at WDW.
38,000 pounds of white icing glaze are used annually at WDW.
2.9 million pounds of eggs are used annually at WDW.
606,000 pounds of bananas are used annually at WDW.
510,000 of grapes are used annually at WDW.
1.5 million soft pretzels are served annually at WDW.
639,000 pounds of macaroni and cheese are served at WDW.
337,000 pencils are purchased annually to use at WDW.
148 million sheets of recycled copier paper are used annually at WDW.
730,102 gallons of bleach are used annually at WDW.
214,000 bandages were provided to guests during the year 2004 at WDW.
20,000 different colors of paint used in Walt Disney World.
14.25 pound largemouth bass is the largest ever caught on Bay Lake, but we’ll never know since it is catch and release fishing.
3 circle vision films play at WDW. n the Magic Kingdom, take a trip through time in Tomorrowland’s “The Timekeeper.” The other two films using the Circle-Vision technology are both found in Epcot’s World Showcase. They are O Canada!, and the Wonders of China.
175 different outfits are in Mickey’s wardrobe closet, including a scuba suit and a tuxedo.
200 different outfits are in Minnie’s wardrobe closet, including a cheerleader costume and various evening gowns.
15 million gallons of water are used each day at WDW.
5,000 plus performers, (not counting the 500 doves that were released), joined in the Grand Opening Celebration of Walt Disney World at the Magic Kingdom on October 25, 1971.
1,076-piece band (including 76 trombones) was led by “Music man” Meredith Wilson as part of the Grand opening parade up Main Street, USA.
51,000 employees work at WDW, this number changes with the seasons and peak park seasons.
11 miles of garland, 3,000 wreaths and 1,500 Christmas trees are spread around during the holiday season. The tallest is a 70-foot tree in Disney’s Contemporary Resort. In addition, trees, which range in height from 45 to 70 feet, are placed in prominent positions in the theme parks.
500,000 character watches are sold annually mainly Mickey watches, are slipped onto wrists from Walt Disney World gift shops each year. At any given time, there are more than 200 different varieties of character watches. The most popular timepiece: a gold-tone relief of Mickey Mouse.
100 pairs of sunglasses are turned in at the Magic Kingdom lost and found alone. There have been enough “shades” submitted each year in the Magic Kingdom to outfit every resident of Sun City, Arizona; Sun City, California; and Sun City, Florida. Since 1971, an estimated 1.5 million pairs of glasses have found their way into the “lost” bin.
6,000 different types of food are served at WDW.
350 or more chefs are employed at WDW
150 semi trucks of decorations are used to decorate WDW during the Christmas season.
15 miles of garland are to decorate at WDW during Christmas season.
300,000 yards of ribbon are used for decorating at Christmas.
1,500 Christmas trees are used all around the WDW property for decorating.
8 million lights are used to decorate the 4 parks for Christmas.
18 towers are on Cinderella’s Castle.
2 times the size of Manhattan Island is the property of Walt Disney World.
200 feet is the maximum building height in Florida, so the building does not have a red light installed for aircraft.
1st guest entered Walt Disney World on October 1, 1971
50,000,000 guest entered Walt Disney World on March 2,1976
100,000,000 guest entered Walt Disney World on October 22, 1979
150,000,000 guest entered Walt Disney World on April 7, 1983
200,000,000 guest entered Walt Disney World on July 20, 1985
300,000,000 guest entered Walt Disney World on June 21, 1989
400,000,000 guest entered Walt Disney World on August 5,1992
500,000,000 guest entered Walt Disney World on October 13, 1995
600,000,000 guest entered Walt Disney World on June 24, 1998
4 million guests of Walt Disney World Resort hotels have used Disney’s Magical Express since the airport shuttle, luggage delivery and airline check-in service launched May 5, 2005
250,000 Guests at the Walt Disney World Resort ride the Various forms of “mass transit” every day, which include monorails, ferryboats, bus services and water taxis.
100,000 to 200,000 photos of guests are taken each day by Disney’s PhotoPass photographers
4 % percent of all amateur photography is estimated to be taken at Walt Disney World and Disneyland
3 times the park has been closed, once resort wide in September 1999 for Hurricane Floyd; resort wide on September 11th, 2001 due to the terror attacks on America; and Epcot only on July 17th, 2002 due to a power outage.
72,000 individual AudioAnimatronic functions per second are controlled by the Digital Animation Control System (DACS)
800 different variety of trees had been acquired, moved and acclimated and transplanted at WDW as it was reported in 1970
2.2 million travelers were bused from Orlando International Airport to either a WDW resort hotels or cruise ships in 2008, That works out to about $1.6 million a year in payments to the airport
80,000 high school seniors will celebrate graduation during the annual Grad Nite party at Walt Disney World Resort. Disney has hosted the event for 36 years with a variety of acts from KC and the Sunshine Band to Jessica Simpson.
In the resent adventure film The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, it was Jerry Bruckheimer and a team of creative writers and other artists that brought that great film to life, and produced a marketing machine that has been very successful. But even that started with an idea from Disney, a rather radical idea if you think about it, of putting a pirate ride in a kid’s park where the heroes are thieves and hoods that rape and pillage entire towns and kill all the authority figures of England and France. The idea started with Disney and was proven with his theme parks over time, and now a new generation is taking it to a new level. To date the film has produced $810,904,120 worldwide. Think of all the theaters that employee people who are being paid out of that money, advertising firms, media personalities, popcorn manufactures, and beverage companies. All that money generated from an idea. The consumer exchanges some of their hard-earned money in trade for the message of the film, which if you get down to it, is a love of freedom. People bought a ticket to feel freedom through the characters of the pirates. Walt Disney knew it over 50 years ago, and still, to this very day, that primary idea is still being exploited
Total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic: $196,004,120 24.2%
= Worldwide: $810,904,120
(#1 rank, 4,155 theaters, $21,697 average)
% of Total Gross: 46.0%
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But taken on a smaller scale I could say the same for some of my developer friends that work with me on the No Lakota Levy campaign. I heard during the last levy campaign constant uttering’s that because they are rich, that it was somehow their social obligation to pay higher taxes on the properties they’ve either built or plan to build to a school system that obviously has no concept of expense. Schools are reflective of all government because they think in a socialist fashion. In their mind they believe that the wealthy owe them something. That’s preposterous!
Where would a community be if the developer did not build homes, if they did not have a vision for the community that lured a certain type of demographic buyer to an area? They are what make a community, through the architect that knows what certain types of home owners desire to buy, and the developer that invests their money into a property to start the process of building. The politicians that loot off those developments with fees, building permits, and other regulations under the guise of “quality control” do nothing to bring an idea into being. They only scoop money off the top of an idea.
And that’s how it usually goes, someone like Bill Gates comes up with a great idea in their garage, build a successful company that changes the life of everyone for the better, then the looters in government come after them. It was the government that decided that Microsoft had become “too big” and sought to break up its monopoly. Good thing the government didn’t break up Walt Disney, because Walt wasn’t making an actual product. He was in the business of creating ideas, so the government wasn’t sure how to destroy that type of business, otherwise they would have.
One of my child hood heroes was Howard Hughes. I saw the Spruce Goose in Los Angeles at the dome when I was a kid and I loved it. I was the only kid in school that wore a Howard Hughes shirt to school while other kids wore their favorite rock bands. When I think of Howard Hughes I think of an innovator who pushed aviation to the absolute limits. He successfully used his wealth to advance aviation to the levels we are accustomed to today.
Source article about Howard Hughes:
In 1939, at the urging of Jack Frye, president of TWA, Hughes quietly purchased a majority share of TWA stock for nearly US$7 million and took control of the airline. Upon assuming ownership, Hughes was prohibited by federal law from building his own aircraft. Seeking an aircraft that would perform better than TWA’s fleet of Boeing 307 Stratoliners, Hughes approached Boeing’s competitor, Lockheed. Hughes had a good relationship with Lockheed since they had built the aircraft he used in his record flight around the world in 1938. Lockheed agreed to Hughes’s request that the new aircraft be built-in secrecy. The result was the revolutionary Constellation and TWA purchased the first 40 of the new airliners off the production line. It was Hughes control of TWA that intercontinental airline travel began, the world became suddenly smaller and it was because Hughes pushed to have better planes built.
As the major airlines continued to compete over various routes through the 1940s, TWA gained a reputation for banking its future on the most advanced aircraft available. For example, as United and American began using the DC-6 aircraft, TWA responded by introducing the Lockheed L.1049 Super Constellation on September 10, 1952. The new aircraft had a 35 percent greater passenger carrying capacity than its predecessor. TWA was the first airline to inaugurate regularly scheduled nonstop transcontinental service between Los Angeles and New York on October 19, 1953.
TWA also entered the international market. At the end of World War II, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), the organization that distributed routes for U.S. airlines, decided to allow other airlines to share in Pan American’s monopoly of international routes. TWA was one of the airlines granted this right, with permission to fly to Europe and India. TWA began regular New York-to-Paris service in February 1946. This route was later extended to Cairo, Egypt. TWA battled hard with Pan American for various international routes, but it initially failed to exploit its key advantage of being able to connect international flights with domestic ones, a handicap for Pan Am, which did not fly any domestic routes. TWA was also late in introducing jet service internationally, preferring instead to focus on domestic jet services. TWA’s first regularly scheduled jet flight took place on November 23, 1959—a New York-London-Frankfurt flight – a year after its main rivals. It took several years for the airline to regain its competitive advantage lost because of this delay.
For fun facts about Howard Hughes check out this site.
Howard Hughes drove the industry forward, but as he went along, there was no shortage of parasites that threw themselves in his path to rob from him his wealth in order for their meager lives to profit. Hughes was brought before a congressional committee as a war profiteer because he refused to submit to Senator Brewster’s blackmailing, where Brewster tried to force Hughes to sell TWA to Juan Trippe of Pan Am. The criticism of Hughes was over the Spruce Goose, a plane Howard was developing for the military. Brewster declared that the plane would never fly, and used the hearings as a way to leverage Hughes to sell his shares off. Hughes flew the plane himself and proved them wrong, thereby defeating the take-over by Trippe, and the predatory senator.
The very rich are the heroes of modern American society, and the government looters are no different than the thieves from Europe that sought to tax the colonists in the 1770’s. The common goal is to suppress ideas and keep people under control by using taxes to control behavior. When the very wealthy still strive to achieve success and freedom, there are labor unions, government agencies and other trolls of impropriety that seek to make a name for themselves off the labor of the rich.
America would be far better off if it just stopped feeling guilty for the wealth it has achieved in such a short time. It would also be better off to admit that most politicians do nothing productive. All they make are rules, and rules are not productive. Rules do not make wealth. Therefore, government cannot make anything productive. When the lure of being rich and therefore free of some sort of entity which seeks to control individuals is not present, imagination dies, and imagination is the fuel to innovation which creates productivity.
It is time that Americans stop feeling guilty about whom they are. Work hard, make your money, and buy nice things with it. And guard yourselves from the unproductive government looter. Live your life as well as you can, and look at each day as yet another possibility of limitless opportunity. And when you hear a looter demanding they deserve the wealth of a rich person, defend that rich person as a fellow American, and as an example of the best that America has to offer. Don’t be a jealous fool. Be happy for those that have made it, and as for yourself, keep trying, because as long as America is what it is, there’s always a chance for you. Don’t allow yourself to be the worst that human kind produces and that is a looter that just scrapes through life on the products of others and expects as a divine right, “equal justice.”
My favorite modern company in the entire world is Industrial Light and Magic. To me, they are what every company in America should aspire to be. EVERY COMPANY! And Industrial Light and Magic was born because of Star Wars.
It took a very wealthy George Lucas to bring this gift to the human race. And George didn’t become wealthy with a hand out. He took risks, worked on ideas and never settled into a comfort level. He pushed and pushed and pushed, and still continues to push the limit in everything he does. This is perhaps the greatest example of how the wealthy should be thanked in every way possible. It is the wealthy, the very rich that shapes our world. It is through less regulation, less government that more companies like Disney, Industrial Light and Magic and many others can emerge. It is a shame that because of government it is our American entertainment companies that succeed the best. That is because entertainment is mostly in the mind and government looters have difficulty regulating the mind, as they have every other industry, agriculture, science, aviation, energy production, transportation…………………imagine what kind of world we could have if government would just GET OUT OF THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!