Liberal thinking may have good intentions but it always ends where that paved road ends. I believe it is better for a person to earn something than get something for nothing. The Liberal knee jerk reaction to that last line is to immediately attack me for not being enlightened but I challenge anyone to prove their case.
There is a ton of anecdotal evidence that proves people who earn their keep have better self-esteem and appreciate the things they have more than those who get handouts. Likewise, there is a wealth of anecdotal evidence that showcases how welfare helped the down-and-out to improve their lives.
I look at the long-term effect that wealth redistribution has on society and from what I see we are headed to that place in a hand basket. I think Screwtape best sums it up when he writes, “Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one–the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”
Redistribution of wealth is a slow fade to a most unfortunate end. It starts with the ideal of helping those in need by asking “the rich” to pay for it. It’s a noble concept but one that is doomed to fail because human nature doesn’t change and politicians do not care about governing.
When most people think of “the rich” they immediately think of people like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, or any major sports star. However, the definition of rich by IRS standards is quite different. According to the World Top Incomes Database, a household income of about $113,000 is considered in the top 10 percent of income earners. Depending on what part of the country you live in, $113,000 per year is not rich.
Politicians love to divide and conquer and stoke the rhetorical fire of class warfare by continually harping about the top one percent. Well, if you make more than $394,000 you are in the top one percent. Politicians use our perception of “the rich” to help pass tax increases but, in reality, they are attacking the middle class which is disappearing faster than air in Tom Brady’s footballs.
Eventually, the people receiving money they have not earned get a sense of entitlement and want more. The people being taxed mercilessly to support “the entitled” begin to resent the unfairness. That’s right; I wrote the word unfair as it pertains to the phrase “the rich.” What is unfair is a second, third or even fourth generation welfare recipient taking money from “the rich”. What is unfair is an illegal immigrant gaming the system and stealing money from “the rich.” What is unfair is the way the media and academic institutions indoctrinate children into believing the “rich” are greedy and the “poor” are needy.
Thomas Sowell said it best: “I have never understood why it is ‘greed’ to want to keep the money you’ve earned, but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money.”
Everyone needs help at some point in life. The welfare system was designed to be a temporary respite for those in need and not be a way of life. And therein lay the danger as noted by Alexander Tytler in 1787:
“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship”
President Obama is doing his nest to make Tytler prophetic. The American people must do its best to stop the decline on gradual gentle slope. I do not think either party has the fortitude to what it takes to save the nation. We need to find the right way of thinking to lead us out of this mess. Let’s forget the social issues that permeate every presidential election and focus on the issues.
I want the candidates to offer solutions, not sound bites. I want them to explain why their philosophy will lead this nation back to greatness. I do not want to see them parade carefully selected “real people” with stories of how their lives were changed by silly policies that take from one sector of society and gives to another. I want solutions.