posted on 01/03/2003 11:19:14 AM PST
This is an excellent article. Thanks for posting.
posted on 01/03/2003 11:24:43 AM PST
you'll never see this article in the St. Louis Post Disspatched..... To bad, it could make a few people wake up.
People who are overeating at the expense of others should be ashamed.
But they aren't. In fact, it's practically a liberal mantra that they shouldn't be ashamed.
And good luck trying to close that restaurant...
posted on 01/03/2003 11:25:38 AM PST
That's a great analogy! Someone finally explained the problem with socialism.
To: hsmomx3; All
This is why the United States is doomed, and has been since it's inception. Many of you are familiar with the following quote, penned before we were no more than a British colony. It says it all:
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.
The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance; from abundance to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again into bondage."
- Alexander Frasier Tytler in his book, "The decline and fall of the Athenian republic"
posted on 01/03/2003 11:36:43 AM PST
The only way to avoid national indigestion is to close the government restaurant where few benefit at the expense of many.
And how do you propose to do that?
posted on 01/03/2003 11:46:54 AM PST
Unfortunately, liberals could never understand something so simple.
posted on 01/03/2003 11:49:39 AM PST
But now suppose the tab is split not at each table but across the 100 diners at all the tables. Now adding the $4 drink and dessert costs only four cents. Splurging is easy to justify now. In fact, you won't just add a drink and dessert, you'll upgrade to the steak and add a bottle of wine.
This is how group lunches at the office go. Somehow my $6 meal and $1.50 soda (already too expensive for what I'm getting) cost me $20 to $25 including the tip.
posted on 01/03/2003 12:13:45 PM PST
Punt for later reference in argument; thanks!
posted on 01/03/2003 12:15:37 PM PST
I like his restaurant analogy. Kind of puts the idea of feeding at the public trough into perspective.
Here's hoping the new congress shows a little backbone and trims the fat, now that they hold the upper hand. (But I won't hold my breath.)
posted on 01/03/2003 12:36:14 PM PST
It sort of complements the Dinner & Taxes
e-mail posted recently on FR.
BTW, this article originally ran in the WSJ on May 18, 1995.
posted on 01/03/2003 12:44:21 PM PST
My uncle on a date when he was a young man:
Date: "I'll have the lobster."
Uncle: "Have you ever had lobster before?"
Uncle: "Well, you're not having it now."
(Of course my uncle was born in Scotland, God bless his soul.)
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