Saturday, October 1, 2016

Redistribution of Wealth

There I was, watching New Girl like a real man, when the episode turned into an advertisement for Hillary Clinton.  In one scene, Zooey Deschanel's character explained redistribution of wealth using alcohol for some sorority women.  It hit me in that moment how much I despise this leftist drivel.

The left argues redistribution of wealth is all about fairness, but it's not only not fair, but also bad for us as people.  The liberal view is, "Someone has more, someone has less, so we take from the person who has more and give it to the person who has less."  This is fair if you are 4 years old.

Money represents the time and effort we've spent working to acquire it.  The wealth we accumulate represents hard work and sometimes great ideas that can make a lot of money.  The person who has these great ideas and puts in the hard work may get very wealthy.  She will have more than those who do not work as hard or come up with great ideas, and that more represents the effort put into that pursuit.

How is it fair to take that hard-earned wealth and give it to someone who has chosen a different pursuit?  Let's use an egregious example, because it so perfectly highlights the unfairness:
It was during an investigation into the record number of food stamp recipients that Fox News’ John Roberts met Jason Greenslate, a surfer and rocker who is living the self-described “rat life” in California.

The 29-year-old signed up for SNAP and receives $200 dollars a month in taxpayer money for food. He put it simply, “I don’t got a paycheck coming in, so I qualify.”

Jason Greenslate who wants to spend his time surfing, is actually taking money from California single mother and CEO Melissa Kieling to buy his lobster and sushi.  Here's Melissa's story for the interested.  She was poor.  She worked hard on a good idea.  Now she's not poor, and she deserves every last penny she's earned through her effort.  Jason doesn't deserve one freaking penny of it.  Not one.

Jason doesn't deserve one freaking penny of Zooey Deschanel's hard-earned cash.  Jason should get a job.

So the liberal idea of fairness isn't actually fair, it's disgustingly unfair and enables lazy people to be lazy.  That hurts society, but it gets worse.

There are people who are working hard and still need assistance.  The government, which in most cases keeps 60% of everything it takes, is the worst way to help anyone.  Not only does it skim a huge share of the tax "revenue" to support the new royal class, but then it does a poor job of getting the money to those who actually deserve it.  Worse yet, charitable acts ennoble the giver and the receiver.  Paying taxes ennobles no one.  The chance for wealthy or middle income people to directly assist friends and neighbors is instead taken by the government which keeps the majority, and then distributes the rest so indiscriminately they may as well throw truckloads of money from an overpass at underprivileged neighborhoods.

This isn't a good or fair system.  The government shouldn't be in the business of wealth redistribution, and our system needs to change.

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