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Redistribution Doesn’t Work. by The Elephant's Child

This particular video is causing some outrage among the media wing of the Obama Campaign. “What’s the matter with redistribution” they ask plaintively? Redistribution is a good thing. How do you promote equality without redistributing wealth? Doesn’t the Constitution say that all men are supposed to be equal? Well, no it doesn’t. The Declaration of Independence declares that all men are created equal. What that promises is — equality of opportunity and equality before the law.

The Declaration is one of our founding documents, but “redistribution” is not in the Constitution or the Declaration.

The Left is always deeply concerned that some people are very wealthy while others are poor. It’s Not Fair they wail. Liberals are so concerned about the poor that that they are anxious to give them other people’s money. All that talk, which is particularly loud during campaign season, about classes, about the poor, about the 99 percent, about “the rich,”is designed to divide people into voting groups, promote envy, and win votes.

Liberals want to take money away from the wealthy and give it to the poor and permanently get the gratitude and votes of the poor. Much is made of the gap between the poorest and the wealthiest,with disdain and cries of it isn’t fair ringing over every dollar. Special enmity is reserved for anyone making big money on Wall Street or for Corporate CEOs. Oddly, no such disdain focuses on members of Congress who double dip, by after securing their retirement serve on multiple boards of directors or head foundations. Or, for that matter, members of Congress who unexpectedly manage to become multimillionaires on a bureaucrat’s salary.

The United States of America already has the most redistributive tax system in the world.

Liberals always want to move the poor into the middle class by giving the trappings of the middle class. You cannot take enough money away from the rich to give everyone a middle class life. There are those who need help, and that’s why we try to provide a safety net, and have done a pretty good job of it.

A few years back, Liberals decided to really go after the wealthy, and slapped on a luxury tax. It bit especially hard on yachts — big sailboats and motor cruisers. The wealthy just bought their boats in Bermuda, and the boat building industry was decimated, with job losses in the thousands.  States raise income taxes and property taxes on their wealthiest citizens, and the wealthy pack their bags and move to a more welcoming state. The housing that Liberals build for the poor, meant to move them into the middle class, turns into slums; and contractors get rich while doing shoddy work.

If you want to move the poor (who are only the bottom 20% of the income pie) into the middle class, you need to provide a growing economy that offers good jobs. A growing economy has great  mobility. Those who started out poor grow rich or at least richer, and some of the rich grow poorer. That has always been the nature of the American economy.

Most people would much rather have a decent job and be able to care for themselves and their families. Frightened people may depend more on government handouts. Encouraging dependence is not only unfair, but evil.

And about the notion of equality, go watch on YouTube:

2081 Universal Absurdity

A short film adaption of Kurt Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron. 2081 depicts a dystopian future in which, thanks to the 212th Amendment to the Constitution and the unceasing vigilance of the United States Handicapper General, everyone is finally equal.

The strong wear weights, the beautiful wear masks, and the intelligent wear earpieces that fire off loud noises to keep them from taking unfair advantage of their brains.  It is a poetic tale of triumph and tragedy about a broken family, a brutal government, and an act of defiance that changes everything.


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