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Too good to be true – “Free” candy

September 22, 2010

“The government does not create wealth. It uses wealth that’s been created by the private sector.”

The nuance in the ‘fairness’ of tax increases to increase services to people who are earning / contributing less to the government coffers, is what is the definition of “fair.”

 One woman activist told our camera, “It costs to live in a civilized society, and we all need to pay our fair share.”

Our “fair share” sounds good. Progressives say taking from the rich to help the poor is simply fair.

The question is whether the populace are willing to accept getting off the candy that appears to be coming for “free” when their objective is to take what someone else has to enrich themselves. Most civilized societies call that “stealing” instead of “fair” – and in ancient times, it was referred to as “plunder”.

The other question is how big the population of “taken from” needs to get before the “rest of the population” gets sick of being taken…literally. Michelle Malkin:

As Washington rushed to nationalize the U.S. auto industry with $80 billion in taxpayer “rescue” funds and avoid contested court termination proceedings, the White House auto team schemed collaborated with Big Labor bosses to preserve UAW members’… pension funds

John Berent of Marblehead, Ohio, lost one-third of his pension: “I worked as a salaried employee for GM (30 years) and Delphi (10 years). After 40 years of dedicated service, I was forced to retire. Then Delphi terminated my health care, life insurance, vision, dental, then terminated the pension plan. Everything I worked 40 years for was wiped out.”

Kelly Fabrizio of Franksville, Wis., saw her pension reduced by 55 percent after working 30 years at Delphi/GM: “I am truly scared for my future. Every day I wake up, shake my head and say out loud — This Is Not How It Was Supposed To Be.”

My dad taught me “if something looks too good to be true, it probably is” so I was raised with a healthy dose of skepticism in looking for the catch, the unintended consequence – the gotcha. So the UAW workers got bailed out pensions – the rest of the auto industry didn’t. Was that “fair?” The unintended consequence was that the middle class – not the wealthy – were hurt.

Will the voting blocks who pull political strings recognize that the ‘unfair wealthy’ they believe are NOT paying their fair share really aren’t that wealthy after all?

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