Shared Prosperity & Material Equality?? ideals in contrast to individual liberty & freedom

Hello and thank you for visiting Wilksopinion.com.  Regrettably, it has been quite some time since my last post, but between working in excess of 70 hours a week on the road, health issues, and working on the completion of my bachelor’s degree, time has been scarce.

Folks, we find ourselves facing one of the most crucial elections of our lifetime, not simply because of the candidates we are asked to choose from, but because we are faced with two drastically different ideals in direction for the future of the United States of America.  On one hand, you have the current president, Barak Obama, whose vision includes a larger, more centralized government approach, redistribution of earnings, and what he terms as “Shared Prosperity”.  On the other hand, you have Mitt Romney & Paul Ryan, who subscribe to a more traditional approach of free markets, state’s rights (federalism), and individual liberty where an individual is able to achieve as much as their abilities, talents, and initiative will allow, and keep as much of the fruits of their labor as possible.

If you will recall, in his 2008 campaign, Barak Obama boasted, “we are 5 days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America”.  Is a fundamental transformation of the greatest, most charitable, most freedom enhancing nation in human history what we needed &/or wanted, or should it have been a return to the principles that this nation was founded upon that our great nation was in need of?  You see, I do not believe that Barak Obama even understands what it was that made our county so unique and exceptional, and while I believe that Mr. Obama could very well be the most leftist president in US history, it could have been anyone from the left (Reid, Pelosi, Biden, Gore, Kerry, Edwards), because it is the policies and ideals from the left that are so damaging, not the person. 

When Barak Obama talks about “Shared Prosperity”, what does that really mean?  It means, he has a vision of material equality for all people, by whatever means necessary.  This is why he so adamantly uses the politics of envy when addressing the public.  He is in essence saying, “look at your neighbor, he has more than you do and that just isn’t right!”.  Now, I think all reasonable people can agree that it would be nice for all people to have all things, having all their wants and needs met with a reasonable amount of effort, but that just isn’t how things work in the real world, and to try to force the situation goes against the very essence of human nature.  There will always be some with more talent, drive, initiative, and also luck than others, and to take punitive action against people possessing these qualities in an effort to enhance the lives of those who do not has and always will have many deleterious effects.  This does not mean, and NOBODY (even republicans despite the demagoguery from the left) is suggesting that we do not have a safety net for those who are truly incapable of taking care of themselves.  The stone cold and hard to swallow fact is, there will always be some who win and some who lose, and any attempt to distort this fact is a lie no matter what the intentions.

The problem is the way the poisonous policies & ideals of the left play out in real life.  While those on the left claim to be the party of compassion, and I do believe that most of them have good intentions, the idea that you can take from those who have and give to those who do not without any repercussions is simply false, and that is wildly obvious by the abysmal failure that is the war on poverty in this country.  This has led to such a sense of entitlement amongst many people in this country that we are rapidly approaching a tipping point when it comes to the number of people on government assistance.  This administration has doubled the number of people on food stamps, having removed any kind of stigma associated with taking government handouts, and still has the audacity to run ads promoting and encouraging the use of said handouts.  I also constantly hear taxpayer-funded “public service announcements” about children that are hungry and the only meals they get are the free meals they receive in school.  How could this be people?  How is it that food stamp rolls have doubled under this president, yet we still have children in this country that now are receiving 3 free meals a day at school, including summer months?  This is very troubling, yet I never hear democrats wanting to address the issue of how we got here, only that we must throw more money at it.  Throwing more money at the situation does absolutely nothing to cure the problem, but merely treats a symptom of the bigger problem, and I would contend that perpetuates the root cause of what ails the system.  I can’t remember who said it, but to paraphrase, “a job is the best anti-poverty program”, and during this administration’s failure of a recession recovery (slowest economic recovery in post-WWII history), job creation has not even kept pace with population increase.

What we have here folks, is an administration that promotes and encourages a system of government dependence in search of material equality in the name of compassion.  This administration is forcing people through the back door of bondage, by convincing them that they can have things they can not afford, that it is the fault of those who have more, and that because of their good nature, they will right the wrongs by taking by force from those who have and giving it to them.  I was talking to a good friend the other day, and while she was registering her kids for school, they were trying diligently to convince her to sign them up for free/reduced lunch program.  Although she declined, deciding that she would make some sacrifices to pay her own way, she told me of a local attorney’s wife who was there applying, because “she said she could”.  What happened to a time in this country when, just because you can, does not mean that you should?  I have also experienced, and have heard first hand countless similar stories of being in line at a grocery store, seeing another customer using EBT, using no sense of frugality in their purchases, and being dressed in more expensive fashion, having a better cell phone, or driving a nicer vehicle than that of people who choose to support themselves.

All of this leads me to my greater point, and that is, when you work for, or apply your talents and your initiative to earn the fruits of your labor, not only does it give you a sense of achievement, but it makes you appreciate things much more, builds your sense of self-worth, increases your drive & initiative, and makes you a more frugal and fiscally responsible member of society.This in turn puts everyone on a much more even playing field in the marketplace without penalizing those who are doing more in an (intentional or unintentional) effort to enslave people to government dependence.  Having the government take from some and give to others brings great distortion to the marketplace, and ultimately, it is all consumers who pay the greatest price.

 Food stamps are only one of many such examples, and the new healthcare law (Obamacare) is another, which will be, if left to implementation, the largest, most damaging entitlement program of our lifetime.  Just as with the abuses of the food stamp program, when you remove the “cost to customer” factor in purchasing a product in the marketplace, people have no regard for the cost of what they are purchasing, demand more than what they would ever receive otherwise.  Market distortions, price controls and rationing ensue, overall productivity is decreased, and ultimately everyone receives equally miserable products and services… Material equality….

The government can not continue to pick winners and losers in the marketplace, as it will continue to cause deleterious distortions in the marketplace and our economy. It is our duty as citizens to stand up against these practices.  Continuing to take more disproportionately from the more productive members of our society, and to continue saddling the coming generations with insurmountable debt in an effort to give people what the government can not afford is morally reprehensible.  This administration’s undying effort to encourage and enslave people to a life of entitlement & dependence upon an ever-growing centralized government is the antithesis of our founding and what has made this the most prosperous, freedom enhancing, and charitable nation in human history.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan may not be your ideal ticket, but there is an undoubtedly intense contrast between their idea of what America is supposed to be and once was, and what Barak Obama is trying to “fundamentally transform” America into.  We did not get here overnight, and it will not be an overnight fix, but we must return to the principles of individual liberty, free markets, federalism and, freedom for this greatest nation on earth, and I believe that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan can get us on solid footing and started down that path.

Thank you for visiting Wilksopinion.com and God bless America!!

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