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Saving America From The “Make Somebody Else Pay” Mindset

Don't Tread On Me3 Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 9:27 AM
It's basically a vote-buying machine in which the ignorant gimmes are encouraged to think of the government as Santa Claus & hi earners as evil rich people who deserve to be robbed. That's why tax proposals now center around no net taxes for the majority while relying on a few hi-earners (insignificant # of voters) to carry all the burdens. It's a political calculation: rob the few, pay off the many. The USSR tried that, the people said, "We pretend to work, they pretend to pay us." We are approaching the point of running out of Maggie Thatcher's "other people's money."
Don't Tread On Me3 Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 9:29 AM
One of the most basic moral postulates is that one is entitled to what one earns, & wealth is acquired by producing & earning, rather than having one's patrons ro others & hand it out.

We are destroying the relationship between earning & having. Soon no one will bother producing.
Pistol Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 10:27 AM
"Soon no one will bother producing", Exactly.

Prosperity depends on production, trade, and asset security. To the extent these are present, so is prosperity. Where these are neglected or discouraged in favor of PC BS, prosperity disappears. We are watching it now. Compared to 2008, we have fewer folks in 40 hour/week jobs, fewer homeowners, lower takehome pay, lower net worth, more folks on food stamps, welfare, unemployment, disability and below the poverty line. No finagled meaningless government disseminated "unemployment rate" or "inflation rate" can change these basic facts. 2016 will compare to 2012 as 2012 to 2008.
“I don’t know what ‘moral grounds’ you think you’re standing on, but as far as I am concerned, what you’re saying is very immoral…”

I was an interview guest last month, and the radio talk show host was asking me about the looming fiscal cliff. In the midst of discussing how our government must cut spending, the host had noted the title of my latest book – “The Virtues Of Capitalism, A Moral Case For Free Markets” – and after a few minutes of discussion, asked “do you mind if we take a phone call, Austin?”

Sometimes that...

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