German socialist Werner Sombart wrote in 1906, "For the average American being successful means first and foremost becoming rich."
How many times in the 2012 campaign so far have we heard sound bites borrowing from this line of thought?
Notably, Mitt Romney said: "What a home this is, what grounds these are, the pool, the golf course. You know, if a Democrat were here, he'd look around and say no one should live like this. Republicans come here and say everyone should live like this."