Tipping Point

We are seeing the very thing that some attribute, incorrectly, to Thomas Jefferson:

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”

The obvious implications of this idea is that the worker in effect become the slave of the welfare beneficiary, since the redistribution is done by government mandate of some sort, and the worker has no choice in the matter. This is clearly morally wrong, and unworkable, to boot – as we are likely to see in our lifetime.

Margaret Thatcher said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.

This is inherently obvious; the worker has little motivation to work if the welfare beneficiary is living as well as he is, and without the need to lift a finger. When the worker quits working, the tax revenue falls off. Yet the welfare beneficiary wants his privileges and benefits! (Go see Atlas Shrugged – or read the book).

That is ultimately why the Unions have been protesting so much, at the very thought that their sacrosanct benefits might be decreased. Of course they lash out at any attempt to bring their situation into line with the rest of us. They have a sweet deal, and don’t want to lose it.

So the socialists, the liberal left, the unions, and all their ilk have a serious problem, and they have already hit that wall: Where’s the money coming from? Somebody’s got to pay for all their social programs. But the fact is, we can’t afford to pay for them anymore.

Obama wants to increase taxes on the wealthy (and ultimately, everyone that works for a living), not to reduce our deficit spending and debt, but rather to continue to pay for his socialist programs. He still thinks he can get there; but it won’t work.

The ratio of beneficiaries to donors is too high, and getting higher. Obama’s dream world, his utopia, cannot exist without slaves to pay for it. And the slaves taxpayers (defined as those who have no choice when their wages are taken from them at gunpoint [1]) are simply not willing to pay more. The donkey is balking at the load in the wagon.

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Found on the internet. I’d attribute it, but I don’t know where it came from.

Ultimately, for our system to work, productive people must be the great majority of the population. Social programs to help those few who illness, accident, or age make unable to work – we can do that, and it is the right thing to do.

But not a cent to those who refuse to work, or make excuses, or are too picky about the work they can find. Job availability is, and should be, market driven. Willingness to work at a job should be motivated by need, and there is nothing wrong with that concept. Giving the unemployed more than the bare minimum they need to stay fed is contributing to the problem, especially if such aid lasts a long time. If I was hungry, I’d be more willing to take an unpleasant job than if I really don’t need to work to get along.

Unfortunately, our system does not make unemployment unpleasant enough. We are seeing this mechanism in action today.

Above a certain ratio of non-productive people to productive people, the system will collapse. That’s the tipping point.

If upper management does not recognize these facts pretty soon, we’re going to get to watch that collapse develop.

-Popgun

[1] Think I’m kidding about that “at gunpoint” thing? Try not paying your taxes. Eventually, somebody will show up with a gun.

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