This “War on Poverty” is Lost
Go to a third world country where people are starving and look like people from the WWII Holocaust. Bring in a pot of food, clothing, medicine. THOSE people have NOTHING and are carrying their emaciated, dying children and babies in their arms. THEY don't storm the aid teams or tables. THEY don't push and shove in line. THEY don't trample each other and throw things. No, THAT sort of thing happens here, where a created class of people have been taught to feel entitled to the benefits of other people who have struggled, worked hard, and accomplished for themselves. And they honestly believe it is being kept from the government, and in doing so, kept from them.
Look at Detroit. It is a microscopic slide of where we are going, and exactly where the left intends for us to be. It is total control. It is disgusting. A complete loss and ignorance of personal responsibility. You know where the left wants this sort of thing to go? They have spent years, and the better part of the last 5 years, demonizing anyone who has anything. The left wants this sort of anarchy to move to people's homes. We already saw Occupy Wall Street taking over private and public property, and even homes a year ago. Squatting. Destroying. Stealing. Defacing. And if you think this is bad, wait until ObamaCare is in full swing and lacking the money, medines, doctors, nurses, and ER space/time ... because THAT is exactly where poeple like this will flock for free healthcare. This will be in addition to those who do have private insurance who will be discovering their premiums going up and/or employers dropping coverage for employees, leaving them to fend for themselves in the government plan.
I am telling you, re-watch Doctor Zhivago. It's all in there...
Since President Obama has chosen to ignore the constraints that exist in the zero-sum framework, one can ask what value he sees in it as the guiding policy of his administration. The answer is simple: since FDR, Democrats have exploited the emotions of the electorate with regard to money. There is a natural envy among the poor toward the wealthy; they do not want to respect the achievements of the wealthy as being a result of hard work, intelligence, and motivation. The only wealthy persons the poor respect are those in sports, music, or motion pictures.
It is all too easy for politicians to exploit the resentment hardworking taxpayers may feel toward the rich. In fact, politicians have worked very hard to encourage this resentment, harvesting it to create widespread support for public spending programs. Democrats do not conceive of the zero-sum framework as one that contains restraints. Rather, they use the political support they obtain from it to create budget deficits.
The zero-sum rhetoric has enabled President Obama to create what can be called a redistribution bubble. Not all of his spending goes toward income redistribution, but he carefully refuses to categorize his spending.
The zero-sum concept has macroeconomic consequences. Once the bubble breaks, these consequences will be all too real for working Americans, and by then little will be able to be done to ameliorate their effects.
Obama's greatest achievement may turn out to be that he proves, once and for all, that income redistribution has the tendency to hurt the very people it purports to help. This is true of not just President Obama, but other Democrats as well: their unwillingness to exercise spending constraint is caused by their refusal to see the zero-sum theory as mandating constraint.
Since most economists know this, and Obama and his advisers should reasonably know this, their use of income redistribution rhetoric to grow government and overspend proves that they are willing to create financial hardship for working people in order to win elections and maintain political power. In effect, Democrats are using redistribution rhetoric to exploit the working class -- the very thing they accuse the rich of doing, and the very thing they say can be cured only with the use of zero-sum taxation guidelines.
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The democrats like to bring up Pres. Bush's "two unpaid for wars" as the cause of a nearing $16.5 trillion debt, in spite of the fact that Obama has spent over a $1 trillion per year since he has been in office, with no end in sight. He has taken over the unfunded "War on Poverty" started under LBJ. It is time for us to pull out of this war...