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Milton J. Madison - An American Refugee Now Living in China, Where Liberty is Ascending

Federalism, Free Markets and the Liberty To Let One's Mind Wander. I Am Very Worried About the Fate of Liberty in the USA, Where Government is Taking people's Lives ____________________________________________________________________________________________ "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue." -Barry Goldwater-

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Liberalism Is Laziness (Continued).....

Modern liberalism, that I think is in reality, laziness, does not have it roots in the traditional idea of American independence and self reliance. Traditionally, Americans and their communities solved their own social and economic problems. But since the New Deal, where the central government has become increasingly more involved in economic issues, Washington has been getting more-and-more involved in the fabric of everyday American life.

European style socialism has been a fiasco as witnessed by the collapse of the Soviet Union and of the de-socialization of China. Retirement and healthcare obligatgions in Europe will never be delivered as promised to the people there as the costs of these programs will far outstrip the economies to deliver these seemingly 'free' services.

And what do American Democrats do? They promise more 'free' services such as universal healthcare. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton even proposed to give each newborn baby a bond for $5,000 to pay for college or a new home. How stupid is this? These babies Will have to pay taxes to pay off their own bonds. It is just a simple illustration of the insidious Washington proclivity to tax and then redistribute those funds for what is considered to be useful purposes. Why do we need government to do this for us? Because the redistribution of wealth is what gives politicos in Washington their power.

So, I have been considering the Modern Liberal's approach to life and I have come up with this easy to follow process:
1. Liberals see themselves as intellectuals, many of them have important degrees and other higher level credentials that give them the authority to consider today problems.

2. The Modern Liberal is adept at identifying problems. Uninsured Americans, high drug and healthcare costs, global warming (now called climate change since this would also include global cooling or global weather redistribution)and a host of other 'problems' facing Americans that they think need government intervention.

3. The Modern Liberal is also adept at figuring out solutions to problems particularly after having a conference or some brain dead celebrity spew some nonsense on the issue.

4. The modern Liberal also knows how to pay for all of this largess. Its so very very easy. Tax the rich. Yessssssssssssss. A simple solution to the problem of how pay for all of these problems. Do not tax the people that actually need this stuff, but a small proportion of the population. So the receiver of the benefit thinks that they are getting something for nothing. Easier to sell the idea then.
So the Modern Liberal defines the problem, formulates a solution, makes someone else pay for it and gets the Federal Government to administer it. See, they don't do the hard work themselves, they get others to do the heavy lifting for them. I see this as laziness. That is why when I lived in Africa I rarely came across any of these Modern Liberals there doing the actual work. They were too busy figuring out big government solutions to be bothered with actually doing anything constructive.

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