Rich, poor gap…

Rich, Poor GapDr. Michael J. O’Connell, Barrington, New Hampshire noted that he is always amused when yet another commentator, analyst or news anchor, usually with deeply furrowed brow, raises the issue of the widening gap between rich and poor.  Nearly all of the former are millionaires if they have been on the air for more than a couple years.  “So doesn’t that make them all at least PART of the problem?  They are in the upper 0.5% percentile.  And don’t get me started about those consummately Liberal celebs with similar concerns…if they are so disturbed, why don’t they go out to a corner on the Upper East Side in New York City, with a barrel of $50 bills, and start chucking out handfuls to passing pedestrians?”

Dr. O’Connell stated, “my question about ‘the gap’ is….what is the problem?  Let me be square right away.  I do not want anyone lacking for adequate food and shelter—even those on death row, even heroin addicts.  However, I also do not want an able bodied person to be without a JOB.  The unemployment rate was well above 9% a few years ago, now still uncomfortably high by historical measures.  However, even during the 9% days, I still saw many Help Wanted ads for fast food restaurants, department stores and nursing care facilities.  These were unskilled jobs that required no prior experience, just a willingness to actually labor, show up on time, and politely take orders.  Soon such boring entry level jobs, will lead to higher paying positions as learning and performance is proven.  Why are these jobs left unfilled?  That is for another day, another article.”

“Well, if the problem isn’t necessarily at the low end (except for perhaps a touch of entitlement and the rewards of crime), let’s look at the high end, let’s look at Leonardo Dicaprio.  A multi hundred millionaire and not even 40 years old.  Am I envious?  Sure.   Is he much better looking than me?  Hell yes.  But to listen to the commentators, you’d think little Leonardo is taking his money out of circulation and parking it under a mattress while he lives in a hovel.  Right.  He spends his money on stuff, and then more stuff; stuff that probably bores him to death within weeks.  What he doesn’t spend, he invests.  Regardless of what Leonardo does, he doesn’t take his cash out of commerce, he puts it into commerce. His money generates jobs.  So other than envy, or its uglier cousin jealousy, or ugliest cousin contempt…what is the issue?”

About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see:

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