Sunday, May 21, 2017

“When You Reward Something……”

“When you reward something, you get more of it”. That pithy statement contains a lot of empirical truth and explains a simple fact of life; people will always be attracted to the idea of getting “something for nothing”. It is an old marketing ploy that has been used for ages, but has been fine-tuned by today’s politicians, mainly because they are using other people's money (taxpayers money), not their own.

That gambit seems to be the liberal politician’s mantra when it comes to campaigning for the votes of the citizens. They figure that if they promise you something for nothing, they’ll get the vote of the voter who wants something for nothing. But, of course, the old adage of, “there’s no such thing as free lunch”, comes into play as an unintended consequence of that duplicity. Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders used that appeal as they went after the Democrat nomination in 2016. Luckily for us, neither became president.

Listen to the politicians today who are campaigning for your vote. They’ll promise you “free college tuition” or a subsidy to go to college if you “ volunteer” for their proposed community program (I thought when somebody volunteers you don’t get paid?), “ free” government healthcare, “ free” heating oil (supplied by a petty So.American dictator who hates the U.S.A.), “free” phones, “free housing”, “free” food stamps, and “freedom” from paying income taxes, and on and on. Think of how much all those “freebies” will cost us, the “tax-paying” taxpayers, who always seem to getting the proverbial shaft. What makes this practice so attractive to the charlatan politicians proposing these “give-a-ways”, is that there are many more people getting these “freebies” than there are of the people who must pay for them through their taxes (it is estimated that nearly 50% of the people get some form of government “handouts”). But, then you hear these hypocrites complain about our mounting national debt ($20 trillion), and inevitably blame it all on and the Republicans, never mentioning the trillions of dollars authorized and proposed by former Pres. Obama and the Democrats (during Obama's 8 years in office the debt rose from $10 trillion to $20 trillion). What else is new?

Look at what the Democrat candidates, who were running for elective office in 2016, and what they were proposing to the electorate, and you’ll see what I’m railing about. Maybe they think we are all stupid, maybe we are, as we keep re-electing many of these same politicians over and over again, (except this past election), but we don’t have to fall for that double-talk anymore. It seems like Pres. Trump is taking the “bull by the horns” in trying rein in this wasteful government largesse, with all the political ramifications that will be used against him by the “freeloaders” and the “something for nothing” crowd.

So, don’t fall for that “something for nothing” ploy in the future. Remember, if you reward something, you’ll get more of it. Do we need representatives who vote for more reckless spending with money we don’t have? We can’t be that stupid, can we?

Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann

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1 comment:

Lou Plante said...

Why can't the Democrats see that by promising "freebies" to the citizens from the public treasury, they are actually hurting the very people they say they are representing. They are phonies through and through. Liberal policies (a/k/a Marxist/Socialist) have not worked for any country over the long haul. Look at the countries of Europe, Africa, and Central and South America, many of whom are at or near bankruptcy due to their "cradle to the grave" economic mentality. Why is it that people who espouse Marx/Socialism try to make you believe that free enterprise businesses create oppression and governments create prosperity. How absurd !