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The Perfect Society: A Land without Wealth?
The American Thinker ^ | June 29, 2010 | Anthony W. Hager

Posted on 06/29/2010 2:58:31 AM PDT by Scanian

Utopia! It's the holy grail of egalitarian busybodies far and wide. If only outcomes were equal, as defined by the egalitarians themselves, the world would become a place of balanced chi and seamless harmony. These societal engineers have long believed in their unique intellects and superlative abilities, which qualify them to distribute wealth and contentment to a longing world. Sadly, there's no shortage of these do-gooders.

A New York State Assemblyman envisions an increased millionaire tax. If passed, high income earners -- who already bear a disproportionate share of New York's tax burden -- will pitch in an additional 11 percent. The broken record known as Hillary Clinton still laments how "the rich" don't pay their "fair share" of taxes. Oregon, too, has joined the chorus.

Earlier this year, Oregon voters passed Measures 66 and 67, raising taxes on individuals and businesses that wealth redistributors, in their profundity, have deemed excessive winners in life's lottery. Typical class envy tactics preceded that electoral outcome. Proponents argued that education, public safety, and health would suffer if the initiatives failed. The poor, naturally, would take it on the chin.

The entire premise of a perceived "fair share" is ambiguous at best.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: envy; millionairetax; pseudointellectuals; redistribution

1 posted on 06/29/2010 2:58:35 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Any farmer knows you can’t reap a crop when you eat the seed.


2 posted on 06/29/2010 3:11:38 AM PDT by red tie
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To: Scanian

How demonic. If I have nothing, how can I give any to my neighbor in need?


3 posted on 06/29/2010 3:40:38 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Scanian

A good economy without wealthy people is like downhill skiing in Illinois. No slopes, no acceleration. No rich, no investments and, oh BTW, no jobs.


4 posted on 06/29/2010 4:10:43 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: red tie
The fairy tale of "Utopia" is like "perpetual motion", it does not and cannot exist.

Perpetual motion's downfall is gravity, Utopia's downfall is human nature.

The obama crowd listens to the song, "Big Rock Candy Mountain" too much.

Big Rock Candy Mountain

Oh the buzzin' of the bees
in the cigarette trees
near the soda water fountain,
At the lemonade springs
where the bluebird sings
on the Big Rock Candy Mountains.

There's a lake of gin
we can both jump in,
and the handouts grow on bushes
In the new-mown hay
we can sleep all day,
and the bars all have free lunches

Where the mail train stops
and there ain't no cops,
and the folks are tender-hearted
Where you never change your socks
and you never throw rocks,
And your hair is never parted

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains,
there's a land that's fair and bright,
The handouts grow on bushes
and you sleep out every night

Where the boxcars all are empty
and the sun shines every day
On the birds and the bees
and the cigarete trees,
The lemonade springs
where the bluebird sings
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains,
all the cops have wooden legs
And the bulldogs all have rubber teeth
and the hens lay soft-boiled eggs

The farmer's trees are full of fruit
and the barns are full of hay
Oh I'm bound to go
where there ain't no snow
Where the rain don't fall,
the wind don't blow
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains
the jails are made of tin,
And you can walk right out again
as soon as you are in
There ain't no short-handled shovels,
no axes, saws or picks,
I'm a-goin' to stay
where you sleep all day
Where they hung the jerk
that invented work
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

The lyrics fit the moocher class to a tee....
5 posted on 06/29/2010 4:18:44 AM PDT by FrankR (Standing against tyranny must start somewhere, or the future belongs to the tyrants.)
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To: Scanian

Achievers in America try for the East Hamptons, the irresponsible left wants us to have East Germany.

When we removed the requirement for property ownership in order to vote, we allowed the “non-productive” elements of society to vote themselves largess from the treasury.

What we need now is, at a minimum, a requirement that everyone over 18 pay at least $10 in income taxes.


6 posted on 06/29/2010 4:25:23 AM PDT by gartrell bibberts (Sadly, liberals are often well educated but ignorant of history,.economics and civics.)
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To: Scanian

ummm.......let’s see....

What were the Clintons claiming as charitable donations?
$12 underwear?


7 posted on 06/29/2010 4:27:36 AM PDT by vanilla swirl (Where is the Black Regiment?)
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To: FrankR

Perfect. I had forgotten the lyrics of that 1930’s hit song.


8 posted on 06/29/2010 4:28:27 AM PDT by gartrell bibberts (Sadly, liberals are often well educated but ignorant of history,.economics and civics.)
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To: Scanian

“Since government produces little, and that which is produced is a case study in inefficiency, the egalitarian society is doomed to failure.”

With numerous failed Socialist/Communist/former Communist/struggling to BECOME or to become free FROM Communist systems littering the globe and hobbling whole generations, I STILL cannot comprehend how/why Liberals in the US insist on this BS agenda of theirs!!!

I have not decided if it is stupidity or greed for power/wealth... or if it is both!


9 posted on 06/29/2010 4:32:41 AM PDT by SMARTY ("What luck for rulers that men do not think." Adolph Hitler)
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To: FrankR

Just what the world needs, a massive tribal society.
That should work out well. ;-)


10 posted on 06/29/2010 4:37:00 AM PDT by red tie
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To: red tie
"...a massive tribal society"

Also known as "Labor Unions".


unions


11 posted on 06/29/2010 4:39:02 AM PDT by FrankR (Standing against tyranny must start somewhere, or the future belongs to the tyrants.)
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To: FrankR

Perfect.
Great post.


12 posted on 06/29/2010 4:40:23 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Smokin' Joe

The Profesional Left does not believe in God, and must therefore replace Him with themselves as the natural object of veneration. YOU do not need to give to your neighbor in need because THEY will take care of everyone. You and your intentions are of no value and should never be considered.

Another way of saying it is that the Left has no problem with stripping from you every chance of being a good person unless “being a good person” means obedience to them.

Tucker Carlson, substituting for Dennis Miller yesterday, believes that 30% of the population needs royalty or some other physical being to put on a pedestal and depend on. My person estimate has always been that 1/3 of the population will do anything necessary to ensure they are protected and taken care of. The Left is filling the vacuum they created by throwing God out of normal public discourse.


13 posted on 06/29/2010 4:42:21 AM PDT by Pecos
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To: SMARTY

I’ve pretty much concluded that it is a function of high IQ, elite education, and greed for power/wealth.

When you put that all together, somehow a leftist ‘Rat is the result.


14 posted on 06/29/2010 4:49:23 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: FrankR
Better add this to our disaster plans. ;-)


15 posted on 06/29/2010 4:52:21 AM PDT by red tie
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To: Scanian

No one will have anything except the communist party members if Obama and Company are not stopped and thrown out.


16 posted on 06/29/2010 5:02:21 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (m)
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To: Pecos

“The Profesional Left does not believe in God,”

As I have been preaching. A human starts with a choice, does God exist or not. Most deep thinking individuals look at society and see the fact that some people succeed and “earn more stuff” than others. If he chooses to reject God his only option is the direction Marx took. If he chooses to believe and seek understanding of God he realizes that the only “fix” for society is a faith in God.

So the “left” is essentially anti-God.


17 posted on 06/29/2010 5:03:43 AM PDT by vanilla swirl (Where is the Black Regiment?)
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To: Scanian
I have always said: “Communism is a dead letter”

It does not work and there is no where on this earth where you can point to a social/economic success under a Communist system. These countries are poor, often violent, underdeveloped and crawling with barely concealed (in some cases-VERY overt) social discord and class animosity. NOTHING can wallpaper over that kind of rancor. Russia will be decades yet recovering from THEIR misguided experiment with this nonsense.

It did not even work in Russia where it was invented. They cannot even successfully export it!!! Liberals want this for us? Personally, I make no distinction between Socialism and Communism since I am convinced that both equally dehumanize society at large and stunt individuality.

18 posted on 06/29/2010 5:20:34 AM PDT by SMARTY ("What luck for rulers that men do not think." Adolph Hitler)
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To: Scanian

So then why would anyone work hard to amass a fortune if the bastards are going to steal it anyway?


19 posted on 06/29/2010 5:45:14 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (Never trust your life savings to income redistributionists)
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To: red tie
Just what the world needs, a massive tribal society.
That should work out well. ;-)

Can you imagine everyone living on the brink of survivability? That will certainly contribute to world peace.

20 posted on 06/29/2010 6:02:22 AM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of cat attacks while typing!)
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To: Scanian

Communism means that no individual owns anything and all the means of production are in the hands of the collectivity. So you and I own nothing. We don’t own the coffee cup that we are drinking from. We don’t the pot to pee in. Nothing. We have no right to earn money from the sweat of our brow.

Sounds exactly like the goals of the current administration.


21 posted on 06/29/2010 6:07:36 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (Never trust your life savings to income redistributionists)
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To: stayathomemom
More and more people are unfortunately. If people don't have relatives to count on it could get very ugly over the next couple of years as people's resources deplete.
22 posted on 06/29/2010 6:29:26 AM PDT by red tie
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To: Scanian

If the great bulk of Dem voters were subjected to a lie-detector test, it would show that a great percentage of them vote Dem because they’re jealous of what others have. They think the rich (i.e. anyone with more than they have) are all Republicans, and it’s just not fair. At least that’s what I gather from listening to long-time Dem friends. I mention the tax discrepancy, the “rich” pay a much higher share of the federal tax burden, and they refuse to believe it. That’s what most Dems are, people who think life has been unfair to them. And they want to get even.


23 posted on 06/29/2010 6:32:07 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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