Wednesday, November 12, 2008

No We're Not

Barack Obama told Joe the Plumber that we are all better when we “spread around the wealth.”

I have often stated that I generally believe that people are capable of spending their own money more wisely than politicians spending that same money.

Unless the wealthy are burying their money in mason jars in their backyards though, they are spreading the wealth around. Even if they put their money in a bank, that money is being spread.

I will engage in a bit of projection for a moment. It is another logical fallacy but, at least in this instance, is “safe” to use. Obama would take from those making more and give it to those who would not invest it but simply consume it. There will likely be the rare exception but most would spend it on bread and circuses.

If we look at what he literally said, “We are all better off…” we see that it is immediately false. Certainly, the five percent that had their taxes increased are not in any improved state. If you will pardon a cliché, it is all too often the case that those who have been given a nickel demand a dime. Most people whom are given a tax “break”, i.e. given money though they have not paid any taxes, come to expect it. That terrible five-percent crowd is losing more than money at this point.

Even if we disregard those evil, vile five-percent people, it serves people no good to reward bad behavior. We are free to make our own choices. We are not free to choose our own consequences. If we give any credence to Darwin, trying to modify this core tenet is self destructive.

Taking from those who have saved and invested, who have bettered their minds and their bodies, and who have made intelligence decisions to give to those who ignored prudence, shirked responsibility, and failed to make sacrifices, is repugnant and immoral.

This is not the treatment of free people who may succeed or fail in accordance with their own actions and abilities.

A government of free people should do for people what they cannot do for themselves. A government of free people should not do for people what they will not do for themselves.


Weetabix said...

I know this is entirely the wrong place to put this, but I couldn't find your email anywhere. I was hoping you might put a blurb on your blog.

As you know, Kim du Toit will quit blogging on November 30, 2008.

He had a post one day, Our Gold Watch, where he said that if anyone wanted to donate to a "Gold Watch" fund, he'd use the money either for range fees and ammo to continue building the Nation of Riflemen, to support Jack in his quest to get on the Olympic shooting team, or for meals in Europe on their upcoming trip.

I say we should all chip in a bit as a thank you for his contributions over the years to the shooting community. He'll take checks or there are paypal and Amazon buttons on the side. They're turning off the electronic donations at midnight on Nov 30 and stopping taking checks on Dec 30.

Go now! Donate! It's the least we can do.

(hope you'll forgive the cut and paste from my mass emailing!)

Shawn McManus said...


I'll write a post on it. (We kicked some his way when he initially posted the gold watch.)