“But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.” ― Frédéric Bastiat
“Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state lives at the expense of everyone.” ― Frédéric Bastiat
“In general the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to the other.” ― Voltaire
“If government assumes the job of taking care of us, then Congress can control just about every aspect of our lives.” ― Walter Williams
“Theft is when a person’s property is taken from him — through stealth, force, intimidation, threats or coercion — and given to another to whom it does not belong. If a person took your property — even to help another person who is in need — it would be called theft. Suppose three people agreed to that taking. Would it be deemed theft? What if 100,000 or several hundred million people agreed to do so? Would that be deemed theft? Another way to ask these questions is: Does a consensus establish morality?” ― Walter Williams
“In fiscal 2015, total government spending — federal, state and local — was about $6.41 trillion. That’s about 36 percent of our gross domestic product. The federal government spent $3.69 trillion. At least two-thirds of that spending can be described as government’s taking the property of one American and giving it to another. That’s our moral tragedy: We’ve become a nation of people endeavoring to live at the expense of others — in a word, a nation of thieves.” ― Walter Williams
These various quotes ranging from 1764 through last year pretty much sums up our position in the United States. As a people we have come to believe we are entitled. We are entitled to a certain standard of living and we are entitled to other people’s property to enable that standard of living, as long as we can get a majority of voters to agree with us that it is morally acceptable to take that property for ourselves.
“I will take from someone else to make it right for you!”
A powerful message. It is a message that we were taught to reject in kindergarten, but when government does it then we mostly line up behind the idea of theft. It must be okay if a majority of voters approve it, right? Is that not the rationalization put into play here?
What politicians are loathe to tell you is that under their proposals most of the theft will come from the middle class and poor and flow into the hands of those at the top. Our fiat currency includes fiat credit and fiat credit means the endless financialization of fiat credit which means that the overwhelming amount of wealth generated from their proposals will end up in the hands of the very wealthy.
“I will make the rich much richer and destroy the middle class!” is not quite as powerful an election message – though that is the end result of the policies of the last twenty-five years.
The reality is that this system will continue until the credit dries up. How, when and where the event which causes that to occur will happen I do not know. Anything which cannot continue forever must of necessity cease at some point – and we are assured that basing an economy on endless fiat credit is something which most certainly cannot continue forever.
Generating fiat credit where the profits go to the few, the debt to the many and passing it off as ‘compassion’, ‘justice’ and ‘fairness’ has a limited life span.
The day that event occurs all of the prior political promises become irrelevant. The agendas, the platforms, the promises – gone with the wind. They will all be replaced with a single dramatic problem that I am quite sure none of these politicians have a clue how to solve.
Let me leave you with a final quote:
“An adult president is going to have to tell the American people that a mandated equality-of-result economy is fossilized, entitlements are insolvent, the debt is unsustainable, interest rates are going up, the medical system is pure chaos, and people have to get over expecting to live off government, not because it is unethical, but because it is untenable.” ― Victor Davis Hanson
Choose wisely, that day is approaching when the great fiction is exposed.