Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Income Redistribution - Activate! Part I

We certainly can't accuse Barack Obama of lying to Joe the Plumber, or to us. We all remember the infamous video clip of him saying to Joe that when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody.

Well, folks, the glorious goal of Dear Leader has been achieved: private pay has shrunk to historic lows while government payouts have risen to historic highs. Thanks to the worst recession in memory and the Stimulus Bill, more Americans are receiving more money from Washington than they are from a job.

This wouldn't be a problem except for one teensy, tiny little detail - government does not produce wealth. All it does is confiscate the wealth created by private enterprise, the very same private enterprise that the current regime is busy treating like enemies of the people.

Maybe it's just me, but that seems a bit contradictory.

I can recall this regime painting bankers as evil and greedy. Oil companies too. And doctors. In fact, I don't remember this administration having much affection for any company that dares to make a profit, do you?

Now, I'm fairly certain that you readers out there (both of you) are somewhat connected to society. You may even actually know other people. Some of you could even have relatives. Now, out of all those people that you know, do you know someone who, maybe, works for a bank? How about a doctor? Even, perhaps *gasp* an oil company?

Do any of these people seem overtly evil to you? Do they have shifty eyes? Are they always looking over their shoulders, as if they know they've done something wrong and are waiting to be caught?

I'll bet not.

I'll bet these folks you know are just like you, decent, hard-working, and honest. Just like most Americans I know. Yeah, we all have our personal faults, but overall, we're doing the best we can to get by in life, and try to treat others the way we want to be treated.

But our President seems to think otherwise. So do those we send to Washington to do the peoples' business in our stead, which now seems to include producing legislation specifically designed to eliminate jobs. After the failures of the Stimulus Bill, Cash 4 Clunkers, TARP, and the widely unpopular HealthCare bill, Congress is about to launch another bill that's designed to fail: the Kerry-Lieberman Climate Bill.

This bill has nothing to do with the environment and everything to do with insuring that we have no job growth as the burden of regulations will force companies to move their operations offshore to countries that have less restrictive policies. Spain has tried this and failed spectacularly, losing 2.5 real jobs for every new "green job" created. Read this for an example of how not to create jobs.

"Green jobs " rely on government grants and subsidies to survive, which is why they haven't been successful in our free market. The move to a "green economy" is powered by the government, with all the waste and corruption that naturally comes with it. If it were a viable idea, we'd already be doing it.

But that's not going to stop those in Washington who know what's best for the country despite the fact that these people are wrapped in the thick, warm blanket of self-importance, insulated from the outside world and rarely. if ever, venturing out into the wilds of America to gage public opinion.

How could anyone who doesn't pump their own gasoline into their own cars, or do their own grocery shopping ever craft good legislation for the country?

To be continued...

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