Thursday, February 27, 2014

Equality of Outcome

To listen to Obama and the Democrats, you’d think that people in our country are being deprived of their chance of success in life by the people who have attained success….the wealthy.

In our Declaration of Independence it is stated, “…..that all men are created equal and that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among those are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, it did not say that there is a “guarantee” of happiness, only the opportunity to pursue happiness. Obama and the Democrats seem to think that that is not enough, they feel that all people should have the same status in life regardless of whether they have earned that status or not.

That’s what “income redistribution” is all about. The Marxist/Socialist mindset of Obama and the Democrats, seem to think that people who achieve success and have accumulated monetary rewards for their efforts, should have to redistribute those “excessive” monetary rewards to the less fortunate by forcing them (a/k/a a form of stealing) to pay more in taxes and fees so it can be distributed to the poorer folks. Notwithstanding, that many wealthy people donate huge sums of money, on their own, to charities without government coercion.

No matter what kind of society you or I live in, there will always be people who are well-off and some who will not be so well-off. In our Capitalistic, free enterprise society, the opportunity is there for everyone, some succeed and some don’t, but is that any reason to punish success by demonizing the successful and overly taxing them to try to “level the playing field”? In the words of our great former President, Abraham Lincoln, who said, “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich”, are words that sort of contradict the philosophy of Obama and the Democrats.

The Democrats have demonized, for instance, the “Koch Brothers”, because they are wealthy (billionaires) and contribute many dollars to Republicans and Conservative groups and causes, like that is somehow un-American. The Koch Brothers are the owners of the 2nd largest privately held company (Koch Industries) in the United States. They have over 67,000 employees who rely on the Koch’s for their livelihood. These “evil” rich billionaires, besides their political donations, have donated hundreds of millions of dollars to schools, hospitals and charities such as (to name a few) George Mason Univ., Univ. of Chicago, Free Enterprise Institute, Salvation Army, the Smithsonian Institution, Univ. of Kansas, Young Americans for Freedom etc, etc. Should they be looked upon as un-American because they are wealthy and politically connected to Republicans and Conservatives?

Look at what Obama and Democrats do. They rail against the wealthy and Wall Street, and then go out to fund raise with liberal fat cats (millionaires and billionaires) who pay $30,000 to $40,000 a dinner plate. I guess in their minds, those rich millionaires and billionaires are O.K., but the other rich people who support their opponents are “evil” and should be audited by the I.R.S. (that has actually happened). You could honestly say that Obama and the Democrats are unrepentant hypocrites.

Yes, equality of outcome (and income) will never be attained in any society, but equality of access and opportunity will always be there for those who can take advantage of the opportunities made available to them by our system of free enterprise. The Marxist/Socialist systems cannot compete with Capitalism and free enterprise because they take away the incentive to be all that you can be. When there is no incentive to achieve success and monetary rewards, there is no progress. And, “income redistribution”, as orchestrated by the government and Obama and the Democrats, is not the answer.

Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann

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