We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
For better or worse, we in the US have had extensive government-controlled redistribution for generations in myriad forms. The real issue is not redistribution, it's how much, from whom, to whom, in what form? Further, it's a question of at what point forced, as opposed to voluntary, redistribution interferes with freedom, growth, initiative, and opportunity for all.
My favorite form of redistribution is the one I practice daily: I voluntarily buy things and services from other people. I buy a fish taco from a food truck in mid-town Manhattan, and I buy my work shirts at Brooks Brothers, made in the USA. I give generous tips, and big tips in December. It's a pleasure. During Christmastime I do most of my charitable giving too, while ramping up my redistribution of my "wealth" in exchange for material things to give to others.
Over the course of a year I redistribute a heck of a lot of my income. Last year, according to my Quicken, it was around 85% including taxes. Greedy Capitalist Pig that I am, I did fail to redistribute 15% of it to preserve for my future wants or needs to minimize the likelihood that I might have to humiliate myself to desire redistribution to myself someday. I put that filthy un-redistributed 15% in the solicitous care of Vanguard but, even to them, I am required to redistribute some small % of it.
Markets are geniuses at redistributing wealth in exchange for some sort of value-added.
Stashing away 15% was not easy to do, since my redistributed city, state, and federal taxes already approach 50% of my fairly-decent but far-from-wealthy salary this year. I do it because, while I enjoy my more immediate pleasures and indulgences - boat, dinners out, girl friends, beer, theater, travel - I have ambitious plans for my future too which will cost money to try to make happen. Sometimes I wonder how much wealth is redistributed from parents to kids, directly.
I am, and will be, one of the proud work horses pulling this big government wagon. No choice. Nobody has ever said "Thanks." I also help carry the free enterprise wagon, and am happy to be able to do so in whatever ways I can, within reason.
I believe that the reason the African/American nation has fallen so far behind in spite of so many of our best efforts is a result of our failure to manage the rhetoric. From the beginning after Johnson's tenure we should have set aside funding specifically for that particular community. We should have set aside X number of dollars for X number of years with an expectation of seeing Y results. We did not do that rather we chose to dumb down white children, corrupt housing industry (builders, and lenders), demand re-definition of rights, etc. We should not have voted on busing. All that did was to build more busses--a lot more. That money should have gone directly into those communities in the form of new schools, improved teacher training, etc. I supported busing and wow was that wrong! We should have taken the money into those communities directly and absolutely; we should have required certain levels of accomplishment in exchange. WE NEED TO NOT BE AFRAID TO SAY THE OBVIOUS. Look at all the African/Americans who have held leadership positions--what do they do when they get there? Do they reach back and help their own--not that I have seen. Not in an acceptable proportion of effort to need. We did the same with the American/Indian--gave em cash. Many countries are now coming to grips with the reality of cash. Netherlands for one is a good example--the do not send money to third world countries anymore. Their people take it and perform services there--they employ on site locals who are making a dedicated effort to the task. No more writing checks!
"I am, and will be, one of the work horses pulling this big government wagon. No choice.
Sadly, the current situation is such that some of us do not get the chance to be a "work horse."
Often, I wonder if that isn't the way those on the left prefer it - make us all beholden to the government for our livelihood, the roof over our heads, the food on our table, just behold to them for our lives.
I respectfully disagree. The problem that black people and black families experience today is caused by the so-called "help" that government and liberals have given them. We have made them slaves to welfare and quotas. Want to go to college but you are too stupid because you screwed around in high school; no problem we will increase your SAT score by 400 points and keep it all secret so you won't feel patronized and additionally we will force or shame all colleges into bending over backwards to take you on in preference over white males who might actually have studied in high school. I could go on but surely this is all obvious. Would you go to a black doctor? You know that they got into medical school because they were black, their standards were much lower and they graduated not because they learned something but because they are black. So who caused that problem? Why can't you trust that a black doctor is competent? Because the government and race pimps and liberals have tried to help. Imagine if a young child regardless of race or gender entered school and was treated equally and expected to learn and study and do their best. Imagine that we didn't give preferences or excuses based on race or gender. Imagine we didn't "fix" the tests or results so that certain races and genders did better but instead we taught all students with the intent of giving them all better tools to make it through life. Imagine we expected children and adults to succeed AND allowed them to fail! What better incentive for any human then to fail and know there is no uncle Sam or tooth fairy to pick you up and it is up to you?
Well, someone got it right...or close to right anyway. The safety net the liberals have set out will not hold the increasing load. Producers are off to Atlantis and the looters will be left to look at each other and wonder "Wa happen?"
"Further, it's a question of at what point forced, as opposed to voluntary, redistribution interferes with freedom, growth, initiative, and opportunity for all." No way Junkie, are you really asking this question or is it offered as a clever joke? You must be jesting. Yep, force doesn't interfere with freedom - much. That's a good one, ha ha.