Are we more selfish under capitalism or socialism?

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Dennis Prager asks whether the welfare state creates a more selfish society or a more generous one.

The question has been part and parcel of the ongoing political debate around Obamacare and other federal entitlement programs on the chopping block in budget battles. Who do we trust more to administer charity to the masses…the federal government or the individual?

I’ve been told by a Progressive friend that it’s cruel and cavalier to think that government shouldn’t have a role in helping people because simply because life has no guaranteed outcomes.

I disagree.

It is not cruel or cavalier to point out what is obvious to everyone. Nobody can say that… from the moment they were born until today that they have been able to cheat the laws of probability and relative reaction 100% of the time. In fact, I think it would be a service to everyone if the “hard knocks” philosophy were taught in schools again as it once was. Sadly, that philosophy has morphed into “Whatever bad thing happens to you, the federal government will get you out of it.” It’s a ridiculous and naïve way to think, but it’s been seeping into our society over the past 85 years of social entitlement programs.

In thinking about this more, I was considering the “Dickensian England” state Progressives like to believe this nation to be in at the moment. It’s nowhere near that yet, but is about to be due to the government debt bubble threatening to burst as a result of runaway federal entitlement spending. I was reminded of Scrooge’s conversation with the two men seeking donations to charity from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. In Googling the original text to make that point here, I found an excellent article published by Hillsdale College that makes my point much better than I could myself. (Emphasis and links are mine)

In the same year that Dickens published A Christmas Carol, Herbert Spencer published an essay, “The Proper Sphere of Government.” Spencer wrote that one of the most under-looked and most harmful effects of the Poor Laws of Britain – their welfare system – was that the wealthy would lose their sense of charity and feeling towards the less fortunate.

He put in an essay the very point that Scrooge was making in Dickens’s novel. Spencer wrote that wealthier classes would feel the annoyance towards the forced contributions to the poor that is evident in Scrooge’s response to the gentlemen that were asking him to help out the poor. One hundred and sixty-seven years on from Dickens and Spencer we must ask ourselves: Have we arrived at the point where we see those less fortunate than we as an annoyance, something to be taken care of by our government with the taxes taken out of our paychecks so we don’t have to be bothered to even think about them?

When the federal government takes your tax dollars to pay for someone else’s doctor’s visit you are not being charitable. You had no choice in the matter.

The federal bureaucrat who sent the doctor the check is not being charitable for he or she is spending your money, not theirs.

The doctor is not being charitable, for he is being paid for their service.

On the other hand, St. Peter’s Free Clinic in Hillsdale is an example of true charity. Volunteers provide the medical care and other services, local residents and churches provide donations to pay for the medicine and supplies, and those who receive the service recognize the love and respect that they are being given.

America remains the most charitable of all nations. Despite the recession, American charitable giving exceeded $300 billion in 2009. Probably every reader of this column has given to some charity this year. But this Christmas we should make an effort to examine how we can make the transition from a government that makes us into Scrooges to a government that gives us the opportunity to be truly philanthropic.


Where is YOUR outrage? Rape victim with pacemaker brutalized by TSA and police

I’m absolutely fuming about this story. Apparently a woman, who also has a pace maker and was a rape victim at some point in her life, was selected for intimidation at the hands of the TSA and three police officers. When she refused an aggressive “enhanced pat down”, she was thrown to the floor, handcuffed, and dragged 25 yards in front of security personnel and everyone else. She’s not only missed her flight to be with friends for Christmas, she’s been utterly banned from entering that airport ever again.

The reaction from people in line behind her was typical of the average American who has taken for granted all the freedoms that God Himself grants us through both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America. They blamed the victim of this crime.

You know, I’d like to think that we still have a little humanity left in this country and that we’re not all sheep giving over our free agency to the TSA. I’d like to think that at some point, the other would-be passengers would have done something…anything to put an end to what happened to this poor woman. At some point, I would hope that the “guarantee” of safety would be subsumed by a desire to do what is right and to remind our government who they actually work for.

I’d like to think that at some point the people standing behind the checkpoint and witnessing such an outrageous abuse of civil liberties as this would rise up, create a “situation”, and send a message that We The People are NOT to be trifled with and that when push comes to shove, we WILL shove back.

It’s a fantasy. We The Sheeple have given it all away. There’s nothing left.

Not even dignity.

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Doesn’t get better than this: Chuck Norris vs. Obama

The Three Wise Men, named Balthasar, Melchior,...

Wise Men? Or rich corporate execs seeking bailouts?

via Obama’s ‘most important message’?

Child: I know why we give gifts to other people.

President: Why is that?

Child: Because the three wise men gave gifts to Baby Jesus.

President: That’s exactly right. But the three wise men – the reason (A sign falls off a wall. Is it a sign from God? What timing!) – uh-oh, I thought that was the cookies going down. We couldn’t have that. You know, the three wise men, if you think about it, here are these guys, they have all this money, they’ve got all this wealth and power, and yet they took a long trip to a manger just to see a little baby. And it just shows you that just because you’re powerful or you’re wealthy, that’s not what’s important. What’s important is what’s – the kind of spirit you have.

Mr. Norris’ response?

So let me see if I got this straight. Obama’s Christmas theology and mission is thus: Jesus is Gandhi. The wise men were non-greedy corporate executives who were on a baby tour. The “most important message” at Christmas is personal potential. And the “most important thing” children can do for their future is read and do math.

God help us.

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What to tell grinch liberals who hate CHRISTmas

A friend of mine posted this inquiry to his Facebook status:

What’s with all these hippie liberal bedwetters that get offended over Christmas symbols?

I gave him my little bit of advice and thought my loyal readers would also find some use from it.

Just tell them the Christmas tree is meant to symbolize Gaia’s struggle for freedom from White Anglo-Saxon Protestant capitalists and that the decorations symbolize the commercialism that is killing mother earth.

Tell them the presents are all wrapped in recycled paper and contained in 100% recycled boxes.

Tell them the big fat guy in the red suit and beard is Harry Reid coming to give them free health care for life and that the reindeer are free-range, fed only the most organic tundra lichen, and that they have monthly veterinarian checkups.

Tell them the baby in the manger was really a Palestinian struggling against a global Jewish conspiracy (they actually believe that).

Do these things and they’ll get that glazed “follow the leader” look in their eyes and leave you alone from then on.

Merry Christmas, y’all.

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