Michael Medved : Lives of Toil and Stress, Not Self Indulgence - Townhall.com But Obama wants to spread the wealth. He's doing this by spending our children's money, enlarging government, and penalizing the most productive who curiously haven't yet opted out of a hectic, punishing work life. This idea has been tried before, such as 1960s England, but it only led to a British "brain drain," and, ultimately, to Maggie Thatcher twenty years later. I think conservatives agree with the statement that hard work will lead to economic betterment, even success. I think liberals don't agree with this. They view hard work as wasteful of one's time, stultifying, only enriching those corporations and capitalists one is working for. In short, it's not worth it. That's why in France by law one can't work more than 35 hours a week. Germans don't do much better. But we Americans work even harder than the next group, the South Koreans. That's why more Americans consider themselves conservative than any other political designation. We still believe in the myth that one can become rich by dint of one's own labor. When that dies, we become more like France. That would be a tragedy, and I'm afraid it's happening.