There’s an old axiom that states that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
Attributed to Albert Einstein, it is a saying that holds very true today, and one that will make my new foray into trying to educate liberals on economics betray the title of this blog.
But if I reach even one liberal today, I will consider the effort worthy. So kick back with a cup of coffee and let’s take another stab at this, shall we?
|One Smart Cookie|
For starters, let’s look at President Reagan’s “trickle down economics”. Reagan’s idea was a simple one, and one that John F. Kennedy agreed with; a rising tide lifts all boats. Sea tides do not care about a person’s societal status. It lifts the yachts along with the dingys.
Nor do Republicans care about a person’s societal status. The idea is to build a robust economy through free trade and unfettered opportunities for success. Life is not fair, that is another old axiom, and one no less true than that of Einstein. Opportunity is fair, but not everyone gets the brass ring, whether through poor decisions or lack of motivation. But Democrats believe that those who do excel economically have somehow cheated, and therefore deserve some punitive action from government. What they fail to take into account, however, are the glaring and numerous failures throughout history of their alleged solutions.
President Lyndon Johnson began the so called “War on Poverty” back in the 60’s, yet look where that has gotten us. Subsidies for individuals who provide no return on the investment merely lead to an entire new crop of the very same people. And they keep growing annually.
Taxation does nothing to reward “the little guy” and yet certainly harms the big guy and, therefore, the little guy as well. When the big guy has less expendable capitol, he naturally tightens his belt. As such, he hires less people — or in the case of the current crop of tax thirsty Democrats, actually lets some go — and so the little guy is now out of work. But if the big guy has more expendable capitol, he buys products, hires more people (the little guy) and everyone’s lives are improved.
|Milton Friedman the
Godfather of economics.
Winston Churchill once said, “We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle”.
If that doesn’t adequately explain the futility of over taxation, I defy anyone to do a better job. Of course, Milton Friedman was fearless in his quest to make the layman understand the same principles, and he is sorely missed today as the liberals have successfully created a chasm between rich and poor that has spawned an irrational hatred of the rich.
Through a curriculum of envy and class warfare, the left in America has employed the tactics of Lucifer himself in sowing a generation of people who think that the rich have been stealing from them their whole lives, spanning generations to include the ridiculous notion that their parents and grandparents have also been held down by the rich. Keep in mind, there are indeed some evil rich people in the world, but for the most part, they are just hard working Americans who have had the will to reach beyond what most of us have achieved.
I say bravo for them, but more importantly, I say thank you to them for providing a job for me throughout my entire life, in one form or another. The Democrats (i.e. liberals, progressives, etc.) have not provided anything to the American people but scraps and morsels to barely sustain their insatiable jealousy of the very people they should join me in thanking.
When government taxes the rich, that does nothing at all to help the poor beyond a government check and a furthering of their dependence of the next government check. They lose their drive to succeed and become more and more dependent on government for their sustenance. One more old axiom for your consideration: “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime”. The first guy will show up at your door day every day looking for another fish.
The danger of the liberal philosophy is — just as a drug pusher depends on his “customers” becoming addicted — that the more people who become hooked on government cheese, the more taxes need to be raised on the “rich”. And if there are tax cuts in the future, the rich will once again be vilified. Many of you may be familiar with this story, but remember kids, we’re insanely trying — yet again — to reach a few liberals. I won’t share the story in its entirety here, but here is a link where you can read the whole thing.
Caution to my readers…please do not hold your collective breath in waiting for any form of confirmation that this article succeeded, for we may never know. But we can all hold out hope that somewhere, someone gets it. Hopefully it will be a whole gaggle of millennials.
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