Here’s something most of us can get behind

One against many

UN wants a global tax on rich nations to pass along to the poor.

The focus of the forum was “universal access to basic social protection and social services.”

“No one should live below a certain income level,” stated Milos Koterec, President of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. “Everyone should be able to access at least basic health services, primary education, housing, water, sanitation and other essential services.”

These services were presented at the forum as basic human rights equal to the rights of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

The money to fund these services may come from a new world tax.

And why the hell not, ask I? After we decided that we owed a moral obligation to support the poor who were citizens of the United States it was an easy leap to discover that same obligation to anyone who waded the Rio Grande and took up residency here. So why should a citizen of Bogu Bumpo, deep in the African jungle, have to make such an arduous journey? Why can’t he just mail it in?

Obummer himself has declared that “we are our brother’s keeper” and, though he himself won’t support his own brother in Africa who earns $12 a year, I’m sure he’s be willing to make the rest of us support our own “brothers” – just so long as its ours, not his money.

Glenn Reynolds writes that the battle now is between takers and makers and the takers are winning. Time to put a stop to that.

The problem, Sykes points out, is that you can’t run an economy like that.   If you tried to hold a series of potluck dinners where a majority brought  nothing to the table, but felt entitled to eat their fill, it would probably  work out badly.  Yet that’s essentially what we’re doing. In  today’s America, government benefits flow to large numbers of people who are  encouraged to vote for politicians who’ll keep them coming.  The benefits  are paid for by other people who, being less numerous, can’t muster enough votes  to put this to a stop. Over time, this causes the economy to do worse,  pushing more people into the moocher class and further strengthening the  politicians whose position depends on robbing Peter to pay Paul.  Because,  as they say, if you rob Peter to pay Paul, you can be pretty sure of getting  Paul’s vote. But the damage goes deeper.  Sykes writes, “In  contemporary America, we now have two parallel cultures:  An anachronistic  culture of independence and responsibility, and the emerging moocher  culture.

…. And an  important point of Sykes’ book is that moocher-culture isn’t limited to farmers  or welfare queens.  The moocher-vs-sucker divide isn’t between the rich and  poor, but between those who support themselves and those nursing at the  government teat.

Plenty of the wealthy are doing the latter, and that has its own  consequences, which are often worse than those stemming from goodies for the  poor.

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  1. Balzac

    We’ll be reading the new book Coming Apart, by Charles Murray, which touches upon this subject of the division between Americans. Here’s some commentary by Murray: “People are starting to notice the great divide. The tea party sees the aloofness in a political elite that thinks it knows best and orders the rest of America to fall in line. The Occupy movement sees it in an economic elite that lives in mansions and flies on private jets. Each is right about an aspect of the problem, but that problem is more pervasive than either political or economic inequality. What we now face is a problem of cultural inequality.”

  2. Snobs vs. Bourgeois vs. Proles?

  3. Catch a Falling Knife

    get your guns ready for the overturning of civilization to come

  4. AJ

    And so the road to utopia begins with asset forfeiture at the point of a gun. One day we shall all be equal as brothers, as chattel (your current state as a US citizen, globally, i.e., wherever you go — and worsening daily), under the feet of a ruling elite (the NWO).

    Balzac, it’s called divide and conquer, and it’s fueld daily through divisive issues. If we had taken all the money we’ve spent over the last twelve years on wars, homeland security, and bailing out the too big to fail on a global basis, and had funneled that same money into the real economy; we would be living in a golden age, and even those at the bottommost rung of the economic ladder would be living in a world of abundance and looking forward towards an even brighter future.

    The name of the game is distraction, or diversionary tactics if you prefer, and here’s just one example of the three-shell-game known as Counterfeit Value Derivatives that is being played on us all while our thoughts are diverted elsewhere: http://www.oftwominds.com/blogfeb12/counterfeit-derivatives-Zeus02-12.html

  5. Anonymous

    I’m old enough to remember that when the Vietnam Vets came home they could enroll in college paid for by the government and they received a small stipend for living expenses. Now Obama wants them to go clear trails in Federal parks and such. Why doesn’t he demand that committment and contribution from welfare recipients? This is shameful, if anyone is more deserving than vets than to be treated well by our government, I can’t think of whom it might be.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/03/obama-to-unveil-new-jobs-initiative-for-veterans/

  6. Anonymous

    100,000 vets are coming home from Iraq with major stress issues and with superior knowledge of guns and terror……………………………..and no jobs on the horizon. Most of these kids did not come from Greenwich or similar communities. The last thing these folks are going to be doing is clearing trails. Think about it…………………………….and be very scared. Things are gonna get ugly!

  7. Greenwich Old Timer

    The potluck supper metaphor was to the point – pithy, as a certain commentator would say – and comprehensible even to the unfortunately large masses of undereducated voters. Greenwich Old Timer