Sunday, April 22, 2012

In Praise of Statism

You'll never here it from me.  I fall on the liberty side of the private-public divide--the private side, which includes civil society to care for those who fall through the cracks through misfortune, injudicious use of liberty or any other reason.

The title is merely a pretext for sharing an amusing video that's gone viral.  It is a Reagan-Obama encounter that teaches a lesson delivered often, but evidently never enough.

Redistribution cannot guarantee that everyone has what they need.  It can only guarantee that nobody does--except the illuminati, naturally, who get everything they want along with the power to redistribute society's resources ("make investments" in President Obama's parlance) and dictate to the hoi polloi how to live.

Whoever put this animated video together captured something essential about each former President and sundry character.  It's President Obama's cocksure venality and ivory tower bubble-headedness that most amuses, yet alarms, as we're stuck with him for another 200 days of his willful mismangement.

Would that everyone learned this one lesson: a government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have, including the opportunity to rise above your station and make a better life for yourself and your loved ones (with hard work, luck, blessings, the help of others, etc.).  

The chart below indicates that long before it subjects us to serfdom, big government robs us of prosperity, but only because we let it.  Don't be fooled.  Federal hegemony leads to bad governance, not fairness.

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