Guest post: by Robo of Cali.
CAPITALISM: "It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to 'their own' interest".
Adam Smith, "Wealth of Nations" 1776.
Wow, is that profound or what? Does he mean the butcher, brewer and baker don't care about the "Little Guy", or the "Homeless" or the "Perpetual Victims of Poverty" or the highly over compensated "Bureaucrats" in government? What the hell are they doing making money for their own self interest? What a bunch of greedy capitalists.
Isn't it interesting that when the failed economic experiments of the Marxist/Socialist/Liberal/Progressive Democratic Party fail the party officials who promised their constituents FREE everything suddenly need to relax regulations and taxes to bring back the Capitalists who produce, to support the Democrats who simply re-produce. Of course once The Party promises Free everything again, the same voting block will continue to vote them in. Been that way since Karl Marx was supported by the capitalist money of Friedrich Engles, who also didn't work for his money but inherited it from his father's mills in France and England. Marx died in poverty, when the capitalists money to support him ran out. Sound familiar?
Government Motors has experienced fires during crash tests with the Chevy all electric Volt. GM is now offering to buy back the cars that they sold to any concerned buyers. Isn't that great? Build the cars with your tax money, buy the cars back with your tax money. No risk to GM, it's only your tax money, provided you are part of the growing minority that actually pays taxes.
Of course it's always the fault of George W, Cheney, Haliburton, Big Pharma, Global Warming, and capitalists everywhere in the world. That about sum it up?
Remember which party and which media giants endorsed and highly recommended, that the voters support tax increases on the wealthy who have a billion, million, $500,000, or $250,000...depending on which speech and teleprompter tells him. If anyone believes that nonsense, I have some great deals on real estate in China that are ready for development. Just ask me and have your check book or credit card handy.
There has never been a "Soak the Rich" scheme that has ever brought in the desired results. Never has, never will be. The earned money is with the hard working middle class and that's where the historically predictable 'Value Added' Tax Increases will end up, no matter what The Messiah or his followers say. They Lie.... a lot!
There are three ways to become "Rich" in this country.
#1- Be the end product of lucky sperm and egg. Then is it fair to tax J.K. Rowling's children? who by the way, went from being deep in single mom poverty, to now the children of the most successful author, worth an estimated billion (UK facing poverty as the wealthy fled, no longer Taxes off shore earned income). If so show me where the morality is?
Is it fair to tax out of existence, the children of Bill Gates, because he was successful? Is it fair to take the money from the children or heirs of Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett or any other children of successful parents? If so tell me why greed, envy, jealousy should drive the tax man to take the wealth from them then redistribute it at some leftist appointed bureaucrat's whim?
#2- The second way to gain wealth in this country is to EARN it. Hold on, I know that's a four letter word that no, good "Progressive" Democrat wants to hear. It's true though. If the so called 99%'ers are really serious about jobs they can start their own companies and sell something they have in abundance. Ignorance! Can't tell me there isn't a market for ignorance. Just look around you, ABC, NBC, CBS, LA LA Times, New York Times, AOHELL News, HuffPost (now AOHELL news), CNN, and the whole mainstream media organizations. They all buy and publish ignorance.
Who endorsed and told the voters to back Global Warming, The Bullet Train to nowhere in California (that has now exceeded three times it's estimate, while the consultants, lawyers and staff are earning obscene incomes from the taxpayers), government funding for perpetual stem cell 'research' in California? Now that the initial funding has run out, they are coming back for even more taxpayer money (the end results are zip, nada, nothing.... as expected from unbridled bureaucracy.
All of these parasites endlessly Vote for Obama, Jerry Brown, Maxine Waters, Barbara Boxer, Henry Waxman, Joe Biden, and all the other Democrats and socialist programs favored by the media. Can't tell me there isn't a market for ignorance. Democrats buy it and sell it every day.
There are plenty of jobs out there for the self anointed 99%'ers. Maybe not the six or seven figure salary they expected with a major in Affirmative Action-Ethnic-Trangender studies, but they can certainly make coffee.
#3- The third way to get "Rich" in this country is to get a (hallelujah) government job. Doesn't have to be high level like Barack Obama, who is only paid $400,000 plus perks, but files a tax return for $1,400,000. Where did the million come from? Must be the same stock broker Hillary Clinton used when Billionaire Bill was running things. The official answer from the White House is "the million comes from Barack's two ghost written books". I find that hard to believe. All of his supporters that can read, had already bought the books before or during the 2008 campaign. For the rest of his followers, as far as I know, they have not come out in coloring book form. Good thing they aren't Republicans or they would be 'doing time'.
Have told students for years, "Get a government well paying job (preferably union), collecting trash or running a city or anything at the city, county, state, or federal level and you'll never have to work again a day in your life". "Of course you'll have salary and benefits the private sector (the earners and creators of wealth) can only dream of". There are certain conditions, of course. Knowing someone influential is Always helpful.
Also being of the PC preferred race, gender, nationality or sexual orientation really helps. Knowledge of what expertise you are applying for, is Not really necessary nor desirable, as long as you meet the PC agenda (also loyally contribute a portion of your salary, and vote for 'the party'). For proof look at Washington D.C. and Sacramento California.
PAVLOV was able to condition his dogs, Obama is able to condition his Worshipers. Dogs and Worshipers, same mentality.
Have a good Holiday!
Show me where I'm wrong!
Robo of Cali.
Someone else has explained the "occupy protest." And very well.
A great article by Marybeth Hicks.
Call it an occupational hazard, but I can't look at the Occupy Wall Street protesters without thinking,... "Who parented these people?"
As a culture columnist, I've commented on the social and political ramifications of the "movement" - now known as "OWS" - whose fairyland agenda can be summarized by one of their placards: "Everything for everybody."
Thanks to their pipe-dream platform, it's clear there are people with serious designs on "transformational" change in America.
Those who are 'using' the protesters like bed springs in a brothel.
Yet it's not my role as a commentator, that prompts my parenting question, but rather the fact that I'm the mother of four teens and young adults. There are some crucial life lessons that the protesters 'moms' clearly have not passed along.
Here then, are five things the OWS protesters' mothers should have taught their children, but obviously didn't,... so I will:
* Life isn't fair.
The concept of justice - that everyone should be treated fairly - is a worthy and worthwhile moral imperative on which our nation was founded. But justice and economic equality are Not the same. Or, as Mick Jagger said, "You can't always get what you want."
No matter how you try to "level the playing field," some people have better luck, skills, talents or connections that land them in better places.
Some seem to have all the advantages in life, but squander them, others play the modest hand they're dealt and make up the difference in hard work and perseverance. Some find jobs on Wall Street and eventually buy houses in the Hamptons. Is it fair? Stupid question.
* Nothing is "Free."
Protesting with signs that seek "Free" college degrees and "Free" health care, make you look like idiots, because colleges and hospitals don't operate on Rainbows and Sunshine.
There is No magic 'money machine' to tap for Your meandering educational careers and "slow paths" to adulthood. The remaining 53 percent of taxpaying Americans, owe you neither a degree, nor an annual physical.
While I'm pointing out this obvious fact, here are a few other things you flagrantly consume, that are Not Free:
Overtime for police officers and municipal workers, trash hauling, repairs to fixtures and property, condoms, Band-Aids and the Food that inexplicably appears on the tables in your makeshift protest kitchens. Real people with real dollars are underwriting your civic temper tantrum.
* Your word is your bond.
When you demonstrate to eliminate student loan debt, you are advocating precisely the lack of integrity you decry in others. Loans are made based on solemn promises to Repay them. No one forces you to borrow money; you are free to choose educational pursuits that don't require loans, or to seek technical or vocational training that allows you to support yourself and your ongoing educational goals.
Also, just for the record, being a college student is not a state of victimization. It's a Privilege that billions of young people around the globe would die for - literally.
* A protest is Not a party.
On Saturday in New York, while making a mad dash from my cab to the door of my hotel to avoid you, I saw what isn't evident in the newsreel footage of your demonstrations:
Most of you are doing this only for attention and fun. Serious people in a sober pursuit of social and political change, don't dance jigs down Sixth Avenue like attendees of a Renaissance festival. You look foolish, you smell gross, you are clearly high and you don't seem to realize that all around you, are people who deem you irrelevant.
* There are reasons you haven't found jobs.
The truth? Your tattooed necks, gouged and stretched ringed ears, facial piercings and dirty dreadlocks, are off-putting. Nonconformity for the sake of nonconformity, isn't a virtue. Occupy reality:
Only 4 percent of college graduates are out of work. If you are among that 4 percent, find a mirror and face the problem.
.... It's Not them.... It's YOU.
Marybeth Hicks is a weekly columnist for the The Washington Times and editor of Family Events, a weekly e-newsletter and blog site for women from the publishers of Human Events. She is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011), Bringing up GEEKS: How to Protect Your Kid’s Childhood in a Grow-up-too-fast World (Penguin/Berkley, 2008) and The Perfect World Inside My Minivan–One Mom’s Journey Through the Streets of Suburbia (Faith Publishing, 2006).