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| Samuel Gregg
Posted on 02/21/2012 6:09:35 PM PST by writer33
Income inequality is one of those features of life that drive the Left crazy, as evidenced by Charles Blows recent New York Times op-ed Santorums Gospel of Inequality. The impetus for this headline was the Republican presidential candidates statement in a speech to the Detroit Economic Club that Im not about equality of result when it comes to income inequality. There is income inequality in America. There always has been and, hopefully, and I do say that, there always will be.
Fiscal conservatism may not be Candidate Santorums strongest point, at least judging from the 2012 analysis compiled by the Club for Growth. But the former senator certainly aroused Mr. Blows ire for pointing out something that just a little philosophical and economic reflection might have caused Blow to pause before venting.
Theres nothing intrinsically unjust (except perhaps in the mental universe inhabited by the liberal philosopher, the late John Rawls, and his legion of devotees in the academy) about income inequality. The person who chooses to assume higher responsibilities, take on more risk, or work harder (gasp!), for instance, often merits more monetary income than those who, for their own reasons, decide not to assume greater responsibilities or risks.
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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
posted on 02/21/2012 6:09:45 PM PST
To: Clint N. Suhks; American Constitutionalist; Antoninus; Colonel_Flagg; cripplecreek; ...
posted on 02/21/2012 6:10:34 PM PST
(Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
There will always be rich and poor, its a natural state of mankind no matter what form of "redistribution" man tries to use.
Free market capitalism is the only system that gives all an equal chance to achieve wealth but it doesn't guarantee it.
The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.
posted on 02/21/2012 6:28:20 PM PST
(What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
to remind everyone what it's all about.
posted on 02/21/2012 7:40:33 PM PST
"I think there does not exist a good elementary work on the organization of society into civil government: I mean a work which presents in one full and comprehensive view the system of principles on which such an organization should be founded, according to the rights of nature. For want of a single work of that character, I should recommend Locke on Government, Sidney, Priestley's Essay on the First Principles of Government, Chipman's Principles of Government, and the Federalist. Adding, perhaps, Beccaria on crimes and punishments, because of the demonstrative manner in which he has treated that branch of the subject. If your views of political inquiry go further to the subjects of money and commerce, Smith's Wealth of Nations is the best book to be read, unless Say's Political Economy can be had, which treats the same subjects on the same principles, but in a shorter compass and more lucid manner." --Thomas Jefferson to John Norvell, 1807. ME 11:222
Of Chipman, readers may read his "Sketches of the Principles of Government, Of the Nature of Equality in Republics" here.
In order to achieve equality of results, America's founders understood that the coercive force of the power of government would be required, and that tyrannical power and force would, of necessity, have to be applied to all citizens, rich and poor alike.
Today's so-called "progressives" disguise their tyrannical policies under many deceptive banners. In the end, however, it is their desire for power which motivates them.
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