I have been self employed for 23 years or so. I lost my retirement in my divorce to my ex-wife so I could keep the business. She isn't rich. I lose mega taxes everyday to local and federal govts. They aren't the rich. This economy has made it very difficult to recover to previous levels. The economy isn't rich. Slowly I'm rebuilding lost wealth with no help from anyone but myself. I am not rich but I am very comfortable. There are greedy people among us but for the most part they only get what you allow them to take from you. The biggest thief of all time is the United States Congress. And YOU do have control over them IF you choose to exercise it.