by Pater Tenebrarum, Acting-Man.com:
When during the last presidential election campaign Mitt Romney suggested that some 47 percent of Americans choose to be dependent on the government, he seems to have been right. (The exact number is probably impossible to ascertain.) And at this time, the Democrats are pretty much hoping that at least that many Americans believe they are the beneficiaries of government wealth redistribution, consisting of welfare payments, subsidies, Medicare, unemployment benefits, public works, public education, etc., etc., which they will secure for them.
To generalize this, let us simply take it that a very large proportion of the citizenry sees itself as dependent on government support. This is how most people in Europe and elsewhere around the globe see themselves. They require cradle to grave handouts. The rest are the producers, people who take the initiative to be productive, creative, and so forth. It is this latter group that supplies the resources from which the former take the wealth they require for their survival and flourishing. So Mitt Romney had it roughly right.
Mitt Romney: it was impolitic of the rich guy to say it out loud, but it was one thing he did get roughly right. If you wonder whether the Democrats really dream of a “cradle to grave” nanny state, just consider Obama’s comically helpless and utterly creepy Julia
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What is one to make of this? Well, before we can answer we need to figure out if those who depend on government support in their lives have it right — do they have it coming to them? Do the others, the productive ones owe them the support they require and gain?
The Democrats evidently think so. But they have a problem: how is the support to be supplied? After all, both groups are in need of sustenance and if only one group supplies the resources, will the support be sufficient? And will those who produce it be willing to continue to do so?
Socialists believe that the society is just one “organic body” and as with all such entities resources are used indiscriminately by the organism so as to support its various functions, organs, faculties, etc., never mind who produces and who consumes the resources; those are for the whole system to use as is needed: “From each according to his/her ability, to each according to his/her need!”
Trouble is some of the people will have to decide about all this. It is not automatic, contrary to what Marxists think. And here is where the politicians and their appointed bureaucrats enter the picture. So called democratic socialists give the impression that there can be some grand democratic process that handles the administration of the distribution of responsibilities and uses, who must produce and who may consume.
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