Spread the Wealth:
Makers and Takers
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Spread the Wealth 101
Spread the Wealth education time, courtesy of Red Planet Cartoons. Makers and Takers (Updated)
RPC starts off with Scott Johnson: A Call To ‘Spread The Wealth’ Around Is An Old – And Dangerous – Theme.
When Barack Obama responded to the Ohio plumber who didn’t want his taxes raised by saying that he wanted to “spread the wealth around,” I wanted to tell the Illinois senator to spread his own wealth around.
Senator Obama, in a rare moment of candor, all but told “Joe the plumber” that his wealth should be seized in the name of equity. Their personal encounter this past Sunday played out one of the old themes of democratic politics: the appeal to the many to take from the few. It’s traditionally an easy sell in democratic regimes.
Given that poorer citizens always outnumber the rich, political philosophers have long worried that government based on majority rule could lead to organized theft from the wealthy by the democratic masses. “If the majority distributes among itself the things of a minority, it is evident that it will destroy the city,” Aristotle warned.
The Founders of the United States shared Aristotle’s worry. Up through their time, history had shown all known democracies to be, as James Madison put it, “incompatible with personal security or the rights of property.” Madison and others therefore made it a “first object of government” to protect personal property from unjust confiscation.
Red Planet follows up with a hard right to the jaw of socialist thought with Neal Bortz's Class Warfare - The Evil Rich and The Glorious Poor.
The left has mastered the dark art of conducting a class-warfare campaign. First and foremost, you must dispel any notion that those who are rich actually got that way through hard work. Americans at all income levels admire hard work and almost universally believe that those who work hard should be rewarded. To make the class-warfare efforts bear fruit, the left must convince the middle- and lower-income Americans that they are the only ones who are really working for their income.
This is why you constantly hear Democrats refer to lower- and middle-income earners as “working people” or “working families.” The unspoken premise here is that if you are in the upper-income levels, you don’t work. You’re not one of the “working people.” To the class warrior, the only true work is work that is done with muscle. Working with your brain isn’t work…
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This is not "Spreading the Wealth for Dummies; spreading the wealth is for dummies.
When you take from those who work to get ahead, you signal to those trying to get ahead that their proper attitude should be 'What's the use?'
When work and ingenuity is uncoupled from profit and monetary reward, workers quit working and the government's take--and everyone's--becomes smaller. Americans work hard to advance themselves and provide for their families and future.
American society and economy has worked well because there are lots of makers, fewer takers. When more people put their hands out, things begin to break down. Americans work hard for themselves and their families--NOT for the government.
As workers in the former Soviet Union used to joke, "They [the government] pretend to pay us and we pretend to work."
by Mondo Frazier
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Source: Makers and Takers (Updated)