Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tired of President's Political Pandering


President Obama’s inane political pandering that “We are simply asking everyone to pay their fair share” rings hollow when half the electorate pay no income tax at all. As the number of Americans (and non-Americans) receiving governmental support continues to grow and the number of Americans paying for their support is shrinking, there is a disturbing trend as we approach 2012, when we could see the first election in which the majority of voters will be able to vote themselves more government largess paid for by a minority of taxpayers.

The words attributed to the Scottish historian, Alexander Tytler, may be prophetic:
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loos fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy."
Alexis de Tocqueville likewise reflected in Democracy in America, “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”

We have assembled a ridiculously unsustainable base of citizens who do not contribute much of anything to the tax coffers, but feel no compunction about taking out what they consider themselves to be entitled to. In Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, referred to them as “looters.” We are trending towards democratic socialism, driven by a majority that pay little or no taxes and use the election process to loot from those who do. What gives my neighbor the right to reach into my pocket when he is in need, backed up by the full force of the federal government? And then have the gall to tell me I’m not paying my fair share.

As a friend of mine said to me the other day, “No one on welfare has ever told me ‘thank you’ for paying for their food stamps and free healthcare.” The single mom down the street who has been on welfare for sixteen years, doesn’t have a job, pops out a kid now and then to keep the gravy train of government handouts coming, has not once said to me, “Thank you.”

The new banner of revolt for those of us actually paying taxes may be: “Representation Without Taxation!” Yes, President Obama, everyone should pay their fair share. Unless the current trend is corrected and the looters asked to contribute and prevented from voting themselves largess out of the public treasury, we are at risk of losing our republic. Mr. Obama, rather than telling me I’m not “paying my fair share” a simple, “Thank you for working hard” will do.