Gap between rich and poor, or gap between success due to drive and ambition, and failure due to a lack thereof? Interesting question. The goal of the leftist is to convince people that they are somehow entitled to that which someone else has produced with their resources. In accepting this premise, they must learn to toss aside their reliance and confidence in their own God-given abilities and strengths, and learn to rely on what the leftists in charge of the state feel obliged to toss their way. They become dependent on the leftists, which achieves for the leftits their only real goal: absolute and unchecked power over the people. So now, through the generations, you will have entire segments of the population (the entire population is the ultimate goal) who do not know what it is to earn, to produce, to have personal responsibility. All they know is to put their hands out and to protest when nothing is placed in their hand. The leftists have control...do as we say, or there will be nothing placed in your hand. Very egalitarian, isn't it? Everyone is equally miserable. The leftists have spread the wealth to everyone. Meanwhile, the country is drained of all ambition, creativity and inventiveness. Welcome to the Third World! But hold up! The leftists in charge do not look so bad off. They live in mansions, speak from oaken podiums, eat the finest food, drink the finest wine. They are the biggest leaches of them all! However, if one of the people actually earns their way to that standard of living, despite all of the obstacles placed in front of him by the leftists, the leftists must rally the troops and point out how greedy and evil this person is. Everyone should be envious and jealous of him. It is obviously at their expense that he has become rich! He should be forced to hand over at least 50 to 60% of what he has produced and earned to...you guessed it, the leftists. They have to correct this injustice! Nevermind that the industry this person built up provides jobs for a lucky few who also see the need to get ahead. But, to the leftist, this is more dangerous...this whole concept, this CAPITALISM seems to become contagious!
Parallel this story to the current American situation. The Democrats, the American left, are not poor people. Look at the current Democrat presidential ticket. Two rich white men, bent on building up their own power, for the sake of having power. They purchase the same stocks as their rivals in the other party, they build up their wealth in the same way. But somehow, that way is not for the rest of us poor slobs. Bush wants people to be able to take a portion of THEIR social security contributions, IF THEY SO CHOOSE, and invest it in stock to grow their nest egg. That's how Bush makes his money, so he figures, why shouldn't everyone else? According to our leftist Democrats, the average person is not smart enough to do this. THEY ACTUALLY SAID THIS. We are too stupid to invest our OWN money. Some people might loose! Then we would have to spend more to prop them up! Well, if you continue to rely on leftist-think, we would! However, if I lose money, I lose it...my fault...I am not entitled to turn around and demand the money I squandered back.
That's the story of the American left. They rely on the fact that they have been able to keep large segments of the population stupid and undereducated and dependent upon their handouts. Why do you think the huge high-rise public housing buildings have existed? Well, according to Richard J. Daley, former Mayor of Chicago, father of the current Mayor Richard M. Daley, we should stack em up. It makes it easier to bus them to the polls on election day to keep him and his leftist fat cats in power...if they want to eat, that is. If the Democrats target you as a special class they want to help, beware! All they want to do is enslave you. They have kept large parts of the African American community enslaved in this way. They are now targeting Hispanics, and have already succeeded with poor Whites. The African American and Poor White dynamic has always been interesting with the American left. The Democrats, while publicly touting "tolerance," have been damn good at pitting these groups against each other, while at the same time garnering the votes of both groups! The fact is, the left uses fear, ignorance, envy, jealousy, suspicion...in one word DIVISION...to keep their grip on power. Captialism is always good enough to keep the leftists in power nice and fat, but not the average citizen. I never saw any skinny, poorly-clad Soviet leaders back in the day. Fidel looks to be doing quite well for himself, while his country sits in ruins. Can't blame the US embargo...he trades with the rest of the world, just not us. The problem is, he, like other leftists, spread PART of the wealth, and keep the rest for themselves, at the expense of the people. At least all Cubans are equal...equally miserable.
I have to respond to Avion and his obsession with the poor state of American healthcare. All of these people supposedly without healthcare...actually, those are Clinton administration figures on those not covered by health insurance policies. Nevermind that a majority of those represented are young individuals who happen to be eligible for health coverage through their employer but nonetheless opt out in order to add more to their overall income. You see, they have to make up somehow for the huge chunk of change Uncle Sam takes out of their check each week to prop up those whom the left has robbed of their ambition and innovation. Nevermind the fact that the poor, who are eligible for these handouts, and are dependent upon them due to generations of abuse by the left, are eligible for free healthcare, known as Medicaid. So they are covered. But what about those others who actually WORK, so are too "wealthy" to be eligible for Medicaid, but do not get coverage through their employer. Let me tell you about them. They work for small companies whose entrepreneur owners cannot afford to keep their small business afloat and provide insurance coverage. This is a huge problem, unique in the US, as most of the new jobs created in this country are due to these people taking initiative and building up a business. What prevents them from being able to afford to provide health coverage for their employees is THE LEFT! The left professes that these people, although they also go with out health insurance themselves, are greedy, rotten people. We should be envious of them, and tax them at rediculously high rates! Then, we shold put into place a myriad of regulations on the insurance and healthcare industries, so that we (THE LEFT) can keep control over them and also get our piece of the action! This drives up costs tremendously.
So, should we create more handouts, or should we free our entrepreneurs from the red tape that is holding them back so that they can legitimately afford to proved their employees with coverage? Tax cuts, while they do benefit the wealth to some degree, also help those who are not so well off tremendously. But, the left relies again on ignorance and fear and envy to put down this argument. "Hey, he saves $80,000 per year because of the tax cut, you don't even make that much in 3 years!" What they forget to add is that that $80,000 is used by that entrepreneur to invest in his own business, which benefits not only imself but his employees. He also invests it in other businesses. He also uses it to purchase more, which creates and sustains more jobs, giving more people the chance to get where he is today.
Beware of the left. We conservatives are accused of being narrow-minded...look above at what the left does. Now who is narrow minded?
Southside Irish...our two teams are the White Sox and whoever plays the Cubs!