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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-

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Change that no one should believe in.....

America is coasting right now on the strength of genuine past victories and of the seemingly inexhaustible resources produced by a longtime mix of democracy and free markets. Lamentations and financial woes notwithstanding, most Americans still live cocooned in enough comforts so that it's easy to forget just how rough the world can get. If America won't lead the way, lay down the rules and proudly defend them, big change is indeed on its way. It won't be the change we seek.
From here. The nation has had it easy for decades thanks to the formula that allows citizens the liberty to choose a path to success and also the freedom to fail. Now, under the Obamessiah, people are being promised that they never have to worry since the state will complete the cradle-to-grave social safety net. So why even work at it? All things will be paid for by the faceless 'rich' and one will never have to worry since you will have a nanny in Washington looking out for your well being. Its just stupid.

Economic issues are one facet of the problem that I address below. However, this inward focused pillowing of American life also has consequences for liberty around the world and external threats to both American life and the health and safety to the billions of others that are not Americans. The past several decades has seen hundreds of millions rise out of poverty and living healthier lives. This has been a direct result of American Liberty and its capacity to lead with both right and might.

However, the nihilistic Democrats that consider the destruction of time honored traditions of American values centered on individual liberty, families, communities and a faith in God as a virtue and usurping these traditional values by creating a reliance and a nebulous god-like faith in the state that promises a riskless life based on the creature comforts delivered by the 'golden calf' state.

Good luck with this. It will never happen as the Soviet Union, 1960's China and North Korea showed us and it is juvenile to think that these socialist goals are achievable or even desirable. The problem with achieving this lofty but Godless goal is the law of unintended consequences will definitively foil these plans. The unintended consequence is that under a hostile tax regime and a central government that has foisted the conflict flag of class warfare, Washington will fail miserably on delivering even on what they have promised to deliver in the past.

These grandiose plans require copious amounts of cash and who wants to lend money to entity that is irresponsibly distributing income to people that do not deserve it? They will lend if they think that it is a good investment. They will not if they do not think that it is a good idea. This will be determined but increasing the amount of funds borrowed from others seems somewhat unlikely that there are not unlimited funds available from this source.

So the other choice is to coercively tax one's own citizens to meet these goals. So if it is taxes that are the only option, then either the nation wants to redistribute income that will create large numbers of winners and losers in this system or if there are not a large number of winners and losers THEN WHY EVEN BOTHER TO GO THROUGH THIS PROCESS? Is this really what we want?

We must recognize that a process that creates big numbers of winners and big numbers of losers that the losers may not be so passive in being the losers. They will probably change their behavior to reduce their losses or go Galt and decide not to participate. And then for those that argue that it all balances out in the end, then why bother going through this cathartic process and injecting government into normal transactions if the exercise has no effect?


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