Entitlement handouts are -always- optional.
They are a luxury that some will argue can be afforded by wealthy societies, and are mandated by certain moral values.
This is an interesting thread.
I have a friend who is a slaveowner. He is a nice enough guy but he says he just cannot live without his slaves. He needs their labor to make his life bearable. I know this because I am one of his slaves. I work two days most weeks for his benefit. Some weeks I have to work three days for his benefit. He tells me I should be very happy that I am allowed to keep any of the wealth I create.
His needs are unlimited. He needs food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and education. He does not need a job. That is what I am for. I work. He benefits. To his credit he truthfully tells me that anyone can become a slaveholder like him and lead a life with plenty of time to get very, very good at World of Warcraft. While I am working as his slave, he plays. Fortunately he seldom gloats about it. He tells me all that I need to do is stop working. There are still plenty of slaves out there so anyone who wants to can live a life of leisure.
I noted that the very idea that businesses create jobs was lightly dismissed in the first few posts. This is the crux of our problems. Many of you are Marxists, socialists, or some other "ist". More and more I realize that the labels don't work. Ronald Reagan used the term "statist." I am beginning to like the term statist. I will explain statism in some later post.
Here are some things I believe:
o Nations do not become great nor prosperous due to government spending
o The federal government is spending nearly twice as much as it takes from taxpayers
o About one-half of the people in the US do not pay federal income taxes
o Governments do not create wealth. Government consume wealth
o Government jobs do not create wealth. Government jobs consume wealth
o The United States Constitution is not a Marxist document
- There are no provisions to take wealth from one individual to give it to another
- "From each according to his abilities. To each according to his needs", is not found in the US Constitution.
No one is entitled to any good or service. Ever. To believe so has always led to tyranny.
My daughter has a socialist friend. She believes I should pay for her education because she wants one and I am "rich". "From each according to his abilities..." And she wants an education. "To each according to his needs."
Many of you believe I should pay for your health care. It is nonsense. You do not have the right to make me your slave, even if you really, really want something.
One of you said that some European nations have no debt. This is false. The very best case is Luxembourg which has a debt to GDP ratio of about 18%. Most are so bad they describe it as a debt crisis.
That is enough for now. Thanks for reading.
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Collectively, the united states has the money to provide basic life goods to everyone willing to work. Collectively, the united states has the money to ensure everyone is employed. The only reason we don't have full employment of everyone who wants to work is mainly due to greed.
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Do you believe individuals have any responsibility to care for themselves? Or are you much like my friend, a slave owner?
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You seemed to misunderstand the point I was making. Collectively, meaning the entire amount of money that exist in the united states, could pay for everyone to work and live decently. The reason that doesn't happen is largely due to income gap. The government's involvement or lack there of is not the driving factor.Where, in your opinion, does the two trillion dollars come from? And why do you, and the Congress believe it is okay to spend nearly an additional dollar for every dollar it takes from the productive part of society? Earlier today I listened to a brief audio clip from some Obama supporters. They were elated that Obama was going to give them stuff. They had no idea where the money comes from. Nor did they care to know.
Completely misunderstood the point.Do you believe individuals have any responsibility to care for themselves?
Completely misunderstood the pointAha. So in addition to everything else being handed to you a government job is also an entitlement? Are you familiar with businesses? Do you know how they are created? Are you aware of why they exist?
Completely misunderstood the point. You also don't know what you are talking about. Very few regulations actually contribute to "job loss". Furthermore, the EPA is necessary because environmental damage just doesn't affect two consenting parties, it affects everyone. Cutting taxes will not spur job growth either, 20 years of tax cuts did nothing to the job market.This is something we can agree upon. Government greed, the desire to control everything, to regulate the very life out of our economy is the primary reason why we don't have full employment. A few, very simple measures would greatly increase job availability. Cut all tax rates in half. Make sure everyone pays them. Eliminate nearly all of the federal departments (education, EPA for example) and their stultifying regulations. Then get out of the way.
Job are created by supply and demand. Demand is affected by the income gap.
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“We are the U.S.A and can do these things to where we do not have to take anything from anyone.” - Kali
Which explains why we’ve borrowed so much from China.
“The first step would to be create a law to where any and all food establishments (and places that serve any kind of food be it canned, boxed, fresh, etc) have a right to feed the hungry due to the waste they have to toss out cannot be sued by the people they are helping.” - Kali
So you want to dictate that McDonalds, Kroger, etc. must feed the hungry?
“Set up check places where any and all food are free for the taking as long as you sign off on a waver that says you are taking this food to eat and blah, blah, blah (legal jargon) and this would also create jobs for these places as they would have to set up and hire people to hand out this food, make people sign off, etc. The same thing could be done in reguards to clothing and other goods that get tossed. We waste so much of this stuff when it could be going for the better good of/for the people.” - Kali
So who is going to pay for the food, clothing and “other goods”? Who is going to pay the salary of all the people it is going to take to perform these tasks? Even if you are just talking about “waste” there is still an expense associated with providing these goods to the people who need them.
"Liberalism is a doctrine fostered by a delusional and illogical people and rabidly promoted by the mainstream media and ruling elite which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end." - unknown
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