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Americans don’t trust government, yet polls say they want more of it

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I hate to be too critical of my fellow Americans, but there are times when enough is enough. The insane proposals of hyper-leftist politicians have captured the imagination of much of the nation. Now, apparently millions of people are actually considering the notion that if we drastically increase taxes on the rich, it will make the lives of the rest of us much better.

This is the general sales pitch used for everything from Medicare-for-All to the Green New Deal to flat-out socialism itself. Unfortunately it’s working. A batch of recent polls show a majority of Americans support various types of tax increases against the wealthy, including 70% taxes for those making over $10 million per year.

Based upon the Politico story, it seems like all variations of “charge the rich a ton to pay for stuff for us” are gaining majority support. There’s a reason I’ll bring up shortly that will hopefully remind conservatives and inform progressives about why this is a terrible idea, but first, let’s look at some of the common reasons these ideas are bad. All of these should be common sense, but let’s put them on paper for the mass of people who seem to be missing the points.

  • Wage gaps between executives and employees are not artificially created. They are based on skillsets, experience, training, and demonstrable success. These attributes are much more difficult to embody than lower level jobs. In other words, it’s much harder to find a CEO who can lead a restaurant chain successfully than an employee who can properly bring the food to the table.
  • Even if you make the case the pencil company CEO doesn’t work as hard as the pencil maker, it doesn’t change the fact that the pencil company CEO’s money is his or her money. It’s not the employee’s, at least not beyond what was agreed upon beforehand to pay the employee. It’s not the government’s, though Democrats seem to ignore this fact. The money is the property of the individual who owns it. Government-mandated theft is theft nonetheless.
  • Before we get to the most important reason people shouldn’t support the obtuse tax structures proposed by the hyper-leftists, let’s look at some math. Estimates for the 70% tax for revenue over $10 million per year range from $189-$700 billion over a decade. This is a lot of money, but let’s compare it to the price tag of the things they’re proposing to pay for with this bump. Medicare-for-All has an estimated cost of $32 trillion over a 10-year period. That means 70% tax on the rich won’t cut it. In fact, it’s very possible that 7000% tax on the rich wouldn’t be enough, and that’s just to cover the costs of one of the many progressive policy proposals out there among Democrats today.

Now, to the most important reason these ideas are awful.

The bottom line to all of this comes down to a series of questions asked by conservatives over the decades that should be case-closed for anyone wanting to embrace the socialistic taxes being proposed by Democrats. The first question is, do you believe the government is trustworthy and capable of doing a good job of managing important components of our lives like healthcare?

Keep in mind, this is the same government that botched the Cash-for-Clunkers program and mismanaged it to oblivion. This is the same government that spent over $2 billion to build the Obamacare website which is still having problems today. It’s the same government that paid $1.04 billion to expand the lightly used San Diego trolley system by 10.9 miles.

Within the thick forest of bureaucracy and flowing down the rivers of wasteful projects is a level of corruption that has diverted literally trillions of dollars into pockets that didn’t deserve it. It’s the scam of scams known as budgeting that hides hundreds of criminal actions for every individual that gets caught. The reason they rarely get caught isn’t because they’re so clever. In most cases, what they’re doing is close enough to being legal that law enforcement doesn’t even bother with most battles.

This leads us to the second question. If you don’t trust that government is competent and incorruptible, why would you want them to build more programs that require more money from all, not just the rich. The dirty little secret proponents of these socialistic principles won’t tell you is that raising taxes on the rich won’t reduce your tax burden, nor will it reduce your costs on nearly anything. For example, our healthcare system, as imperfect as it was before Obamacare, was still vastly superior from a value perspective than it is today. Average Americans are paying more for healthcare than before Obamacare was implemented. This is why it’s so perplexing to believe the solution isn’t the free market system that built our economy. Instead, they believe giving government more control over our healthcare is going to work this time.

If the people generally don’t trust the government and believe the government is extremely wasteful, what makes people think giving them more money for more programs is a solution to anything?

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The 1751 machine that made everything

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A short video on how technological innovation born of economic liberty has changed the world.

History is more than dates, places and battles. In many instances it’s technological advances that change the world for the betterment of all mankind. In this case it’s the story of French inventor Jacques de Vaucanson and his creation in France of the first all metal slide rest lathe, the forerunner to all modern machine tools in 1751.

Lathes had been around for centuries, but lacked the precision with hand held cutting tools. The slide rest of the Vaucanson metal lathe that provided the control to produce metal part of exacting dimensions. The lathe is said to be able to produce every other machine and machine tool. This advancement changed everything.

The producer of the video references a profound chart of World Population GCP and per Capita GCP 1 –2008 AD from data of the late Angus Maddison, similar to this produced by the  Visual Capitalist, we credit them for the chart and commentary:
Image Credit: Visual Capitalist

 

For thousands of years, economic progress was largely linear and linked to population growth. Without machines or technological innovations, one person could only produce so much with their time and resources.

More recently, innovations in technology and energy allowed the “hockey stick” effect to come into play.

The video was produced by Machine Thinking last year.

While some may quibble about which particular machine produced this miracle The larger point is that the machines of the industrial age profoundly changed what people could produce.

As the video noted the average person in 1600 was no better off economically than someone thousands of years earlier. This is what is called the Malthusian trap and for seven thousand years, it was inescapable no matter what we did.

Machine tools such as this changed all of that, one person could produce what had taken many. This surplus could outpace births, allowing the economy to grow at an incredible pace as seen in the chart. All from the genius of the mind undergirded by the Economic liberty of the free-enterprise system. This is why this is vastly superior to the societal slavery of socialism.

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Colion Noir: Exposing the under the table business of homelessness in San Francisco

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Colion Noir Exposing the under the table business of homelessness in San Francisco

Anyone who has walked the streets of San Francisco in the last few years was likely shocked. Unless they came from Seattle or a similar city in which homelessness and drug abuse are rampant on the downtown streets, it was likely a wake up call to anyone seeing how big the problems have become.

For a city with such extreme wealth and both historically and thanks to the Silicon Valley boom, it can be perplexing to witness how little is done to help those who need it so desperately. As we noted before, for some reason San Francisco is so “woke” yet so blind at the same time.

This video by Colion Noir exposes the ugly truth about San Francisco, that no matter how much money is pumped in by tax payers, the hyper-leftist radical progressive government that runs the city is incapable of solving these problems. It’s noteworthy that some of the people Noir talked to called for less government, including one gentleman who believed anarchy was the only thing that can solve the problem completely.

Yes, the city that is known for imposing the largest amounts and most obtuse overreaches of government is the city that seems to be imploding despite an overabundance of tax dollars flowing in. If there is any better testament to the failures that would befall the entire country if socialism is ever implemented more than it already is today, I’m unaware of what city that could be.

San Francisco is a disaster, yet they continue to depend on progressive leadership to somehow fix what they’ve continuously broken for decades.

Not only is the cover up intentional, as Colion Noir concluded, but the system that keeps homelessness and drug abuse prevalent on the streets is intentional. Dealing with poverty for San Francisco’s bourgeoisie is a political industry.

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Washington has America standing on the precipice of a fiscal abyss

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Washington has America standing on the precipice of a fiscal abyss

Yesterday was Tax Day, an annual reminder that our tax-and-spend government continues to get taxier and spendier.

Fox News is reporting that Donald Trump will be holding campaign events across the country this week to do some damage control in the wake of his unpopular tax cuts, but the destruction being caused by Washington’s spending addiction should be the real headline for Tax Day 2019.

Although, to be fair, many faux conservative media sources have their hands full right now pushing McConnell’s “vote Republican because #notSocialist” 2020 campaign rhetoric, so we shouldn’t be surprised if they’re too busy to be bothered with something as petty as the inevitable bankruptcy of America.

In a report issued last week by the Government Accountability Office titled “The Nation’s Fiscal Health: Action is Needed to Address the Federal Government’s Fiscal Future,” we were provided with an update on the nation’s fiscal health at the end of FY 2018 and what lies ahead if fiscal policy isn’t changed.

Some of the findings included in the report are:

  • The federal government’s current fiscal path is unsustainable
  • The federal deficit increased to $779 billion — and will reach $1 trillion in the next few years for the first time since 2012
  • Publicly held debt was 78% of GDP at the end of FY 2018 and will surpass its historical high of 106% within 13 to 20 years — sooner than projected last year
  • Other agencies join GAO in saying that the longer action is delayed, the greater and more drastic the changes will have to be

Graphic shows 4 projections of debt increasing

Alexis de Tocqueville, the French legal and political scholar, politician, and historian who is most known as the author of the book Democracy in America (pub 1835 – 1840), has been attributed for this quote: “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”

Whether these are the words of de Tocqueville or not is irrelevant. The reality is they are 100% true as we are witnessing in Washington today.

With Republicans and Democrats always in election-season mode, policies are decided based on how they affect political parties instead of America’s needs. This has given birth to finding new and better ways for them to buy votes, and it’s why we’re seeing Democrats promoting socialist ideas like Medicare for all, paid family leave, and the Green New Deal heading into 2020.

However, despite claims to the contrary, Trump and the GOP are actively pursuing the same socialist programs as they join the Democrats in a scramble to find ways to buy votes.

After decades of taxing and spending, growing the federal government, and pursuing a socialist Utopia, America finds herself on the precipice of a financial abyss with little reason to hope the unibrow party in Washington will save her. In fact, they’re likely to push her over the edge … if it means they can get a vote out of it.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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