Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Who Owns Your Money?

A quote from Jim Moran (D) Virginia:
"... because we have been guided by a Republican administration who believes in the simplistic notion that people who have wealth are entitled to keep it and they have an antipathy towards means of redistributing wealth."
Wait wat? Seriously? He said that? Really?

Let's look at this quote and why it makes my pucker factor go up about 10 notches.
First, "the simplistic notion that people who have wealth are entitled to keep it." Where to begin? There is so much wrong with this, and it isn't even the the completion of his statement. I digress...
The above statement speaks to the heart of what the modern "progressive" movement is about. First, private property does not exist. Money, possessions, whatever they are all owned by the government. Second, that there is only so much wealth in the world, and by you having wealth, means that you took it from someone else. Thus the rich, who have stolen their wealth by exploiting it from the poor, must be forced by government to return the wealth by government redistribution.

This notion of government owning all things, especially money, can easily be picked out from the progressive vernacular. Anyone who mentions that Tax Cuts "cost" the government money espouses this theory. Taxes are the confiscation of property by the government by use of force. The way that the country originally was founded, income taxes were illegal, in fact expressly forbidden by the 4th amendment (The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated...). It took the 16th amendment to allow this type of seizure. The 5th Amendment goes further, and defines the only situations where the government can obtain private property (No person shall... be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation). These important amendments outline exactly what the Government can do with private property, and how to obtain it. So we see, that Mr. Morgan's principals are very very wrong.

The simple fact here is that wealth is, for the most part, obtained by those who earn it. Those who make good choices in life, and those who work hard. Fail at anyone of the above, and wealth will not be yours. However, there are certain types in Government that believe that if you work hard, and earn your wealth, you really didn't earn it. You took it from somebody else. This is simply not the truth. When I earn a dollar, that dollar is not taken from somebody else. It is freely given for the work that I have provided. There was no exploitation of anyone. I agree to do a job at a price. If I don't ask enough, or if I am not worth the price I am asking, is entirely up to me.

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