Skip to comments.Saving America From The “Make Somebody Else Pay” Mindset
Posted on 01/20/2013 4:05:53 AM PST by Kaslin
I dont know what moral grounds you think youre standing on, but as far as I am concerned, what youre saying is very immoral
I was an interview guest last month, and the radio talk show host was asking me about the looming fiscal cliff. In the midst of discussing how our government must cut spending, the host had noted the title of my latest book The Virtues Of Capitalism, A Moral Case For Free Markets and after a few minutes of discussion, asked do you mind if we take a phone call, Austin?
Sometimes that word moral in the book title gets people very upset. This was one of those times.
Im a Pastor, the show caller said, and my Bible tells me that the moral thing to do is to to love and to pray for our President, not to hate on him. I noted to the caller that I had not said a word about President Obama. Yeah, but all this rhetoric about fiscal responsibility and cutting spending is code talk for I hate it that Obama won. Obama did win, and he did not create this crisis, so get over it
Thus was my experience a few weeks ago, being interviewed on a radio talk show in the Bible Belt region of the U.S. And the reaction I got from the clergyman (he has since emailed me, and I have every reason to believe that hes really a Pastor) underscores some serious problems in our country. They are problems that both underlie, and yet transcend, our government debt crisis.
For one, Americans far too often trivialize our nations public policy. The Super Bowl is about my team versus your team, but debates about the laws and policies of our country are far more important. When Americans dismiss concerns over government debt as youre just hatin on my guy as the talk show caller did to me, and as many other Americans do regularly then were in serious trouble.
Government debt is at a code red level of danger, and the choices that elected officials make over the coming two to four years or so will shape the world and our countrys future for decades to come. Save your zealotry for the big game its time for Americans to engage their brains, not merely their passions.
And heres another problem: far too many Americans seem to be illiterate when it comes to basic economics. We understand competition and excellence, success and failure, when its on the playing field or American Idol. But success in business is presumed by many to be ill-gotten gain, and people who make lots of money with successful enterprises are frequently dismissed as greedy, and deserving of more government confiscation of their money.
Worse yet, many of us seem to lose all sense of reality when it comes to the economic promises of politicians. Most American adults seem to understand that a drunken person cannot drink themselves to sobriety, and that no individual or household can spend their way out of debt. Yet when politicians promise to help us by spending more of our money, many of us seem to believe it.
Yet the existing federal government debt, on a per-capita basis, translates to approximately $54,000 per individual citizen, and about $200,000 per household. Simply saying I dont understand economics very well is unacceptable. Americans must grow up and realize that a stable society needs prosperous private enterprise, and government that operates within its means.
And heres a really tough one that our overwhelmingly religious nation needs to understand: economic systems are neither morally relative, nor are they morally neutral. Big government, little government, high and low taxes these distinctions are not morally inconsequential. The President and the Congress can be blamed for running up debt, but they are an expression of the American electorates desires. If there was sufficient political pressure for fiscal responsibility in Washington, then there would be a sufficient number of elected congressional members who would require it, and the President would get on board with it too.
Likewise, it is not morally inconsequential to support a make somebody else pay public policy. Indeed, this is morally reprehensible. Amid an environment where nearly 50% of all households are receiving one or more types of government benefit checks, Americans mostly support the Presidents soak the rich fiscal policy. Yet many of us are indignant at the thought of paying more taxes ourselves (and many more are outraged that, despite the Presidents promises to the contrary, all of us who work are having more taxes taken out of our paychecks this year).
In my native homeland of California, the make somebody else pay philosophy could not be more obvious. Last November, voters there rejected a modest state sales tax increase that was on the ballot (a tax that would have impacted all consumers), yet overwhelmingly supported an income tax hike on you guessed it, rich people. Dont stop my government services, a majority of California voters seemed to say, but make somebody else pay for it.
Debt, out of control spending, and making somebody else pay they all amount to a lethal combination. Will Americans grow up in sufficient time to choose more wisely?
For those in the know, Obayma and the democrats did create this crisis.
Sadly, we have a lot of GOP and even conservatives with this “make them pay” mindset....anyone supporting Illegal Alien Amnesty has this mindset (free pass on law breaking, government freebies for breaking the law, etc). Illegal Alien Amnesty is the “make them pay” mindset that just took all of Lance Armstrong’s PEDs
They sure did, and they cannot deny it
“Yeah, but all this rhetoric about fiscal responsibility and cutting spending is code talk for I hate it that Obama won.
When I use the bathroom and take a dump, that’s code for flush the turd obama. WTH is wrong with these racist bastards?
I have talked to a lot of people who make 35-60k a year, they didn’t even know they were rich, their paycheck was smaller due to the increase in their taxes, lol......
BIG GOVERNMENT IS CRONY SOCIALISM. Unfunded mandates (mandate = totalitarian force) are just some of socialism’s poison pills. This is part of the cost of socialism’s destruction...
“When law and force keep a person within the bounds of justice, they impose nothing but a mere negation. They oblige him only to abstain from harming others. They violate neither his personality, his liberty, nor his property. They safeguard all of these. They are defensive; they defend equally the rights of all.”
“Socialism Is Legal Plunder.”
“It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.”
Quotes - “The Law” - Frederic Bastiat 1801-1850
Schools at all levels have no desire to teach one single thing about basic economics to the masses of children.
They want the mystery to continue, so their Democrat politicians can continue to gouge American taxpayers to support the parasites.
When the war/revoiution starts, those parasites will be some of the first victims, IMO. The undercurrent of anger by those who are the supporters of such with their tax confiscations have had enough.
their paycheck was smaller due to the increase in their taxes, “””
Yes—but—did they realize that smaller paycheck is following a 2 year time period when they had a larger paycheck due to the artificial drop of 2 % in the FICA taxes????
The 2% FICA tax has been resotred, when it never should have been dropped.
That was another version of Obama “Stimulus”.
All it did was put a large decline into the Soc Sec funds.
Make Somebody Else Pay Mindset
Leeches love a good mugging
Um, no, sales tax went up a quarter of a percent, and is now eight percent where I live, and probably more in the big cities.