“Nothing is more sad than the death of an Illusion.” – Arthur Koestler 1905 to 1983 – Disillusioned Stalinist turned Anti-Totalitarian.
The late, not so great Soviet Union’s citizens experienced a life of guarantees for all the necessities of life, meager as it was: Education, Home (make that apartment,) Job, Medical Care & Retirement. Literally everything was decided on and taken care of by government. Missing, however, was one basic ingredient to make it all work. Work. Work that would have generated money for taxes had government controls not squashed the environment for entrepreneurs and investors to thrive. Government magic was an illusion.
What makes America run is vibrant business in the free marketplace of a capitalist system. Productivity and its subsequent profit are absolutely necessary for our success as a nation. Have you been noticing that our money is going away? ARE WE DEVELOPING ILLUSIONS?
Our one BIG thing is FREEDOM. And true freedom is pure capitalism. Capitalism is the freedom to win at starting a business or investment and cannot and must not provide ‘subsidized’ guarantees for those who attain less. Failure is a lesson learned well and one moves on, strengthened from the experience. One can strive to achieve all he wants or adjust to what levels of accomplishment he attains. Businesses creating commerce, accountably making a profit providing jobs are the root sources of all governments’ funding. A growing economy that creates more tax paying employees will bring in more revenue than higher tax rates and new taxes which conversely hurt us.
Freebies are one of the insanities of liberalism.