What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
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A new study indicates that “1 in 2 Americans now receives income from government programs”.
It would help to translate this into layman’s terms:
“One in two Americans now receives income from the other one.”
The article states:
Slightly over half of all Americans — 52.6 percent — now receive significant income from government programs, according to an analysis by Gary Shilling, an economist in Springfield, N.J. That’s up from 49.4 percent in 2000 and far above the 28.3 percent of Americans in 1950. If the trend continues, the percentage could rise within ten years to pass 55 percent, where it stood in 1980 on the eve of President’s Reagan’s move to scale back the size of government.
Half of all Americans receive “significant income” from the other half.
Does anybody else not see the problem here? Granted, those currently receiving such an income have paid a paltry portion into the pot themselves, but the fact that they are on the receiving end of the stick indicates that the other person is on the giving end.
Voltaire once noted what persists in our day:
In general the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to the other.
This action is nothing more than legalized plunder. So stated Frederic Bastiat:
You say: “There are persons who have no money,” and you turn to the law. But the law is not a breast that fills itself with milk. Nor are the lacteal veins of the law supplied with milk from a source outside the society. Nothing can enter the public treasury for the benefit of one citizen or one class unless other citizens and other classes have been forced to send it in. If every person draws from the treasury the amount that he has put in it, it is true that the law then plunders nobody. But this procedure does nothing for the persons who have no money. It does not promote equality of income. The law can be an instrument of equalization only as it takes from some persons and gives to other persons. When the law does this, it is an instrument of plunder.
This statistic is disheartening.