Friday, November 7, 2008

Spreading the Wealth...

My young children understand why socialism - "spreading the wealth" is wrong and why it doesn't work.

I have told them this scenario:

Let suppose, I gave you many different jobs to do around the house and paid you for the work you did. You could choose to do any or as many of the jobs you wanted. Each task was worth different amounts. The difficult and longer tasks will be paid more.

So suppose one of you worked really hard and chose the difficult, longer tasks, and did more and the other one decided to do the easier, shorter tasks because she wanted more time to play.

Now, at the end of the week I pay you both according to the jobs that you have completed. Well, after I pay you both - I look at the amounts of money that you have both earned. The amounts are clearly unequal, and I say -- "Wait a minute that's really not fair that you both didn't make the same amount because I think you both should be able to go to the movies and do all the same things." So I take the money from the one that earned more (because she did more and did longer, more difficult tasks) and give it to the other one. 'spread the wealth.'

This same thing happens week after week. Then I ask my children, "What do you think you would do if you were the one doing all the difficult, longer tasks?" They both say that it wouldn't be fair so they would stop doing the harder tasks because it wasn't worth it because they weren't making any more money for doing them, and they would just do the easier tasks. - (Socialism slows the economy)

I ask them, "Would you think of ways to do more jobs and earn and more money?" They say, "No, because you would just take away any extra money I made." - (Socialism stifles initiative).

Then, I say, "What if if don't take your money and just leave it how it is - unequal. The one that has made less is mad because she doesn't have as much. What can she do now to make things more equal?" They both tell me, "She can work harder and do different jobs the next week." - (Capitalism encourages hard work.)

Then I ask, "But what if there are some jobs that she just can't do because she isn't big enough to them?" They say, "Maybe she can think of some other jobs to do to earn money." - (Capitalism encourages initiative and creativity).

Hard work, initiative, creativity are what make the economy thrive.

Now back to the initial scenario, I ask my children, "Was it right for me to take your hard earn money?" "No, of course not," they say.

"But what if you both wanted to go to the movie together that week and the one didn't have enough money?" They say, "Well, if I was the one that had more, I could give her some of mine and she could come with me..." -- the point here is: it her choice to give and share. Her choice. It is not right to FORCE someone to share - forcing someone to share is TAKING.

The difference here is GIVE verse TAKE. I teach my children to GIVE, but I teach them it is wrong for someone to TAKE something that doesn't belong to them that they haven't earned EVEN if they think they deserve it too.

My children understand why socialism or being forced to "spread the wealth" is wrong and why it doesn't work; but somehow this a concept the Libs can't get...

Obama is especially deceptive here: "Obama said in his infomercial: "Just because I want to spread the wealth around, they call me a socialist. The next thing you know, they will call me a communist because I shared my peanut butter sandwich in kindergarten!"

Of course, Barack Obama isn't proposing to "share" his sandwich. Instead, he's proposing to confiscate your sandwich, by force if necessary, and give it to someone he deems more worthy, assuming that you aren't charitable enough to share it yourself.

Truth is, it's unlikely Obama ever shared a sandwich with anyone. According to tax records released Wednesday, Barack and Michelle Obama had an average annual income of more than $500,000 between 2000 and 2006, but only gave two percent -- 2% -- of their income for charitable purposes.**

Further, it turns out that while Obama has been living well in his Georgian mansion on Chicago's south side, his illegal immigrant aunt has been holed up in public housing on welfare in Boston for the last four years, while other family members live in squalor in the shanties around Nairobi, Kenya.

So much for "spreading the wealth around"."

quotes from Mark Alexander -

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