Absolutely agree. The best, fairest, most effective way to redistribute wealth is via charity. The problem with ‘charity’ for ideologues like Obama is that charitable giving puts the giver in a ‘good’ light - not punishable for their success, and the recipients of charity are thankful, not entitled.
Redistributing wealth isn’t about charity. It is about control - buying votes and creating dependency. If you rob Peter to pay Paul, you will always have Paul’s vote.
Every day, you read or hear stories of people who cannot afford to give up their entitlements to go back to work. There was a caller to Rush the other day with that story.
When you are receiving the equivalent of $50-$60K in benefits tax free, you base your lifestyle on that. To take a $30K means you have to cut all your expenses in half.
Part of it is that people have little pride, but the other part is that people are doing what’s best for their families. If the government puts programs in place that reward people for sloth, then nothing but pride impels those people to work.
It will slowly unwind, with cities and states being the first to face reality. They can’t print money.
This country is in decline not because of overall material wealth or the lack of it, but rather from a degradation of moral and spiritual values. Add to that the disinclination to defend borders, unite under a common language and culture, along with the explosion of endless entitlements and welfare. Just like the Greeks, Romans and soon Europeans before us< all the wealth in the world won't save any society from decline. America is dying because her voters, as a whole, chose to put her to death. Elections have consequences, and we haven't yet scratched the gloss of the tip of the iceberg of consequences from the electoral disasters of 2008 and 2012.