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Published: 7 years ago

“Spreading the Wealth” is a Net Loss

A commenter named Phillip over at Warren Throckmorton’s blog claims that Barack Obama’s plan to “spread the wealth around” is not socialism, but “capitalism with restraints” and that “spreading wealth is a pre-requisite for the overall wealth of a country“.

An Insane Asylum is just a Hospital with Restraints

Let’s explore this concept of capitalism being restrained as a good thing. Since capitalism is just liberty in the economic realm, what would a restraint on that look like? Imagine a hospital – that’s a nice place. Now add restraints. That’s an insane asylum! Not so nice anymore, is it?

Capitalism is Liberty in the Economic Realm

The concept they want to sell you is that capitalism is “wild” and if left unmanaged will leave you penniless. But economic liberty does not impoverish you. It sets you free to rise as high as you can and keep everything you justly earn. It is government, not liberty, that has impoverished this nation through excessive taxes, lending, debasing of the currency and over-regulation.

“Spreading the Wealth” is a Net Loss

What about this idea that in order for a country to be wealthy, we must first “spread the wealth”? Isn’t that a contradiction? In order for the wealth to be “spread”, it has to first be in the country. And if that’s true, spreading it is a net loss because it costs money to force that wealth from those that have it and then write all those checks to those who want it. Is this really going to increase the net wealth of the nation? No! It will decrease it.

We need to Produce more Wealth, not “Spread” it

What happened to producing wealth, instead of “spreading” it? That’s what we need to focus on. What enables people to produce as much wealth as possible? Liberty – which, in the economic realm, is called capitalism. Liberty for the poor, for the middle class and for the rich, with no special treatment or exceptions for anyone. Liberty means you can keep the 50% of your income that the government takes in taxes and instead invest it in a business or education or even a vacation. All of those build more real wealth. Taxes do not.

Only Politicians Benefit from Forced Redistribution of Wealth

Don’t be fooled. Politicians who promise refundable tax cuts and wealth-spreading are just selling you other people’s money in return for your vote. No one benefits from forced redistribution of wealth, except for the politicians. The rest of us come out losing once they take their commission off the top.

Comments
  1. Mike D

    COLLEGE students:

    “Spread the Grades” (think about it)

    If you have a 3.5-4.0 GPA = 3.0
    If you have a 3.0-3.40 GPA = 2.8
    If you have a 2.8-2.99 GPA = 2.6
    If you have a 2.6-2.7+ GPA = 2.4
    If you have a 2.0 – 2.5 GPA = 2.2
    If you are failing GPA = 2.0

    We will use the GPA credits we collected from the fortunate students
    to raise the GPAs of the less fortunate students. This will insure that those students that have lower grades will have the same success that those who have good grades have had. We feel that this will insure a fair distribution of grades AND make
    it more FAIR in the job market after our students leave college.
    We feel that this will attract more highly qualified students to our
    institution and increase the academic standards as well. Those
    students who cannot make good grades will not be at a disadvantage
    when they look for a job. It will also insure that any student can
    take any course and pass. Our institution will produce the best and
    brightest people who will lead the world!
    We will also implement this same “spread the grade” program for our engineering, technical, medical and dental schools as well!!!! Think of the professionals we can graduate!!!! We will also be eliminating all entrance requirments so as to open more opportunities to all students.
    This is only fair, as this type of program may soon be implemented in the real world.
    We want to stay abreast of the real world so as to better prepare our students for life after college!
    Remember…study hard for good grades …or not, someone else will
    carry you through.
    IF YOU DON”T SUPPORT ACADEMIN WELFARE>>>DON’T SUPPORT GOVERNMENTAL WELFARE!
    think about it!!!!

  2. Good one Mike, thanks for commenting.