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It’s Economic Growth, Not Redistribution, that Lifts Everyone, Including the Poor

Robert1824 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 6:36 PM
Peter Ferrara is just setting up a lot of straw men here. Frst of all, the term "redistribution of wealth" has been completley misconstrued by conservatives , and it would take far too much space and time fo rme to explain this. That is not what liberal politicians are actually trying to do. But if the government just abandons poor people , and those not originally poor but down on their luck, and tells them, "You're on your own,kid ", we're not going to do diddly squat to help you, that won't increase prosperity either . It will just increase human misery and inequality of wealth . Prosperity does NOT "trickle down". It never has and never will .
jmg11 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 9:11 PM
Dear Robert1824 and THers,
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Robert1824 is just setting up a lot of straw men here. First of all, the term "redistribution of wealth" is more than a liberal can understand, which is why Obama uses it. Sorry, Robert, you cannot claim that “it would take far too much space and time fo rme to explain this. That is not what liberal politicians are actually trying to do.”
You cannot explain it in a palatable way because your philosophy (what liberals are trying to do) is inhuman and, therefore, you cannot explain it in a palatable way.
jmg11 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 9:12 PM
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The rest is dross. In the free enterprise system, prosperity at the top means prosperity for all. If I create wealth on my own, good for me; and good for the rest of my fellow men. If I must look for a job, I look to someone who is creating wealth. I do not look to my neighbor, who happens to be a secretary, when I want a job. Her work is honorable, but it does not generate enough wealth to reward my services. What I do for her is a kindness, because I like her, not paid work. Intransigent, damned fool lefties (Robert1824) think there is another way to prosperity. There isn’t.
jmg11 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 9:13 PM
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In the past, one could prosper by plunder; today, the opportunities for plunder are available exclusively to governments, crony capitalists, and a few (fewer as time goes on) revolutionary movements. But plunder is only temporary, it cannot bring long term prosperity. The good society allows people to pursue opportunities to prosper. Under that happy condition, human beings will do the best that is possible.

Robert1824, I know this is beyond you. You are a liberal. I pity you.

Prosperity always "trickles down". It always has and always will.

Until idiot lefties kill it and it, um, uh, … just fades away.

Stephen Moore and Julian L. Simon note in their underappreciated work, It’s Getting Better All the Time: 100 Greatest Trends of the Last 100 Years, that in the last century,1900 to 2000, real per capita GDP in America grew by nearly 7 times, meaning the American standard of living grew by that much as well. The authors explain,

“It is hard for us to imagine, for example, that in 1900 less than one in five homes had running water, flush toilets, a vacuum cleaner, or gas or electric heat. As of 1950 fewer than 20 percent of homes had air conditioning,...