Beyond the Cusp

November 29, 2018

Why the Left Hates Competitive Education

 

First, please allow us to define “Competitive Education.” All Competitive Education entails is allowing there to be competition in educating our most precious asset, our children. Whenever this is suggested, big money from the Teachers’ Unions and Labor Unions in general start claiming that if we go away from general public education, then there would be no schools operating in the inner cities, the children will all receive subpar education, only the wealthy children will be permitted into the best schools and a myriad of false accusations and strawman arguments which a casual investigation would reveal their complete vacuity. The accusation that only the wealthy would receive a decent education is so absurd simply because the wealthy already are not sending their children to the public schools and are instead using Competitive Education in choosing in which of the elite academies they will educate their children. They often make their determination after a serious assessment of their child’s particular needs. If their child is rebellious, they might decide that a strict academy where they children wear uniforms and rules are strictly applied and if their child has a learning disability, they choose a school which is suited to such challenges and lastly, if their child shows a particular proclivity towards some subject or ability, they would choose appropriately. But the omniscient overlords of the public school system wish to deny to everyone who is not wealthy the exact same system which the wealthy are able to afford. What if instead of forcing everyone into the one size fits all and often-subpar education system provided by the government, after all, name something the government provides which has proved superior to the same service provided privately. We often immediately hear that law enforcement, and we agree that the level of protection provided by those dedicated individuals who choose to train and provide law enforcement are above the average, but we will also point out that the wealthy often have private patrols and other applications of security which augments, and in some gated communities replaces, publically provided law enforcement.

 

Allow us to make a few other potential areas where the identical argument about public education would apply and we would like to see how many would prefer the government take over these other areas of products, after all, education is a product in which we are given limited and too often no choice beyond the location where we reside to determine the educational level our children will receive. The first and most obvious would be grocery stores. After all, without the government providing our groceries, how do we know that just because we live in a poor neighborhood that we are not going to receive second or third rate food choices or no food choices? Would we not desire that the government provide grocery stores with government distributed groceries and government employees stocking the shelves and as cashiers and every other position right down to government run farms to assure the right measure of fertilizer is used and only approved pesticides which will not harm the environment and water rationed to prevent runoff and on and on. This was how food was grown, harvested and distributed in Soviet Russia as well as a number of other socialist nations such as Zimbabwe which had been the highest food producing country in Africa and when a new governance took over the entire economy and placed their own people to raise their crops and tend their herds and they became the least productive food producing country within a matter of three or four years, the length of time it took to replace all the existing farmers, or at least most of them. We already have heard that people want healthcare provided from the government. In our studies of such systems, we have found one which performs adequately and it does so by allowing competitive healthcare facilities and private hospitals and physicians and with the competition for members in the separate plans offered by these companies, quality remains quite high and prices remain relatively low. In the purely one size fits all nations there are prolonged wait times for surgical procedures, cancer treatment, diagnostic tests (the one place the system in our preferred nation could use an upgrade), permission to see a specialist, for physical therapy and so many other items and unlike our preferred nations where private practice is permitted as long as you also provide a set amount of your services in one of the plans, most of the socialized medical systems forbid private practices. What about socialized, government clothing? Everybody gets the same styles from which to choose. China had this at the start of the Mao Zedong rule and it was wonderful seeing all the happy people dressed identically. Let’s face it, there is nothing that the government does better than private providers, with the grave exception of military power, something which any sane people would never entrust to private companies as then the wealthy would have too much power.

 

School House

School House

 

So, let us talk private schools and see what we can learn. First and foremost, there would be testing which would demand that students meet a minimal level of education in the necessities such as reading, writing, arithmetic, history, civics, sciences and even physical training for a level of fitness. The way these schools would be largely financed would be by having the monies currently spent on education divided by the numbers of students and the money would go to each school with each student. This would set a level of tuition which the most basic schools would charge with specialized schools potentially charging a higher tuition. Special needs education students would receive an additional amount divided from the current additional expenditures on a per student rate as the general education funds were divided. The general education schools could also provide specialization with the level required in the other subjects still requiring to be met. With private schools, the better schools would receive more students and be able to fill classroom sizes which could be regulated such that class sizes could not exceed a set figure, probably thirty or less as per regulations in each state. The states could be placed back as the primary sculptures of their school systems through their specific requirements. It would make sense for schools in central Nebraska to be more oriented to farming and such technologies while schools in the major cities would have less of an emphasis in these areas. Such decisions are best left to the individual states and counties, as they understand the requirements of their communities far better than would any bureaucrat in Washington D.C., where the current curriculums are mostly regulated. The testing regimens could be set at a level desired as minimal acceptable requirements from Washington D.C. but the specific requirements should be left to the individual states to determine any additional emphases. The better schools would survive and spread as their reputations spread and those whose level of proficiency was of a lesser quality would soon go out of business. Another advantage of such a system is that these schools would be answerable to the parents and far more approachable than the current public education systems which in many instances have virtually no means for parents to have any measurable influence. Teachers also would be rated individually and as such be more inclined to add to their education and become more qualified as well as staying up to date on the latest changes to their subject matter. We know that most of these reasons are an anathema to the teachers’ unions; who once a teacher gets tenure, they can coast along with no fear of being removed from their position. Further, the teachers’ unions in the majority of instances have become political influence peddlers and less education monitors. Their main interest is the continuation of schools as is and bigger salaries, less required class time, more specialized advisors, more counselors, administrative positions and a myriad of items with little if any influence on the level of education provided.

 

The argument is that schools would not be provided to remote regions such as low density farming communities or to many central areas in major cities where there are problematic reasons for low performance and other scare tactics. The city argument is ridiculous, as the students in these areas would take with them a premium fiscal incentive to provide education. This alone would be a great incentive as money talks. The arguments that in some areas the schools would choose not to admit troubled youths could be remediated by providing an additional scale for payment for schools taking any youth who had been expelled from another school. These children could be considered to be youths with special needs. Such schools should be given some additional leniency concerning their maintaining order in their classrooms. Further, an allowance might be made to have law enforcement officers stationed at these schools which would tend to blunt any precocious student deciding that they were permitted to have a violent outburst. Further, the schools would be responsible for student safety and in preventing the kind of incidents which have become all too common in schools. These incidents have occurred despite the availability of psychologists and other professionals placed in schools who are supposed to see such problems before they occur and not to provide the reasons why such events take place after the fact. With schools free to accept and expel, the environment in the classroom will become more conducive to learning, a major plus. One of the greatest problems in discipline was when because of costs, reform schools were dropped and new age approaches of placing discipline problem students into normal regimens in the claim that such an environment would prevent their acting out, and this was applied even to students who it was known had violent tendencies. Some schools may even provide special programs for just such students where a more regimented system where outbursts are not tolerated and other older tried and true methods applied to such students. Not everything is better just because it is a new approach; sometimes the old-school approach is more effective. Most difficulties would have applications which, as long as there is a need, there will be somebody to fill the niche, often at a price.

 

Schools could once more offer a series of hands-on job training giving student a skill which they could become licensed and qualified for apprenticeships or trade school certificate which would create graduates who could take any of the myriad of unfilled positions in what we derogatorily refer to as manual labor. There is nothing wrong with making a living using hands-on skills such as carpentry, plumbing, roofing, electronics repair or any of the many other skilled professions. We must refer to them as skilled professions and as an alternate route for those who choose to create actual physical objects which create the houses, malls and other structures or that repair medical equipment and other electronic items or even factory work with assembly, calibration and testing. Below is Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe in a suit speaking at the Independent Women’s Forum where he was awarded the Gentleman of Distinction award speaking about the growing gap of jobs which need filling which do not require a college education and the burdensome debt which comes with it. We also can bet that when they make education free for everyone, these free educational opportunities will exclude the menial positions, the way the elites in the ivory towers refer to those of us who perform the jobs which keep their worlds running smoothly with plenty of items produced by people without a college education. The stigma placed on these honorable professions is really doing our children a disservice as instead of running up a debt to gain a degree a youth could apprentice in a profession or even go to Caterpillar’s free school too become a heavy equipment operator and where they will place you in a job near whatever city you desire. For the professionals out there with the six-figure incomes, a heavy equipment operator after four years on the job which includes the first year with Caterpillar will match your six-figure salary working near New York or other major metropolis.

 

 

Many parents argument for why they are unable to place their children into a private educational facility is cost. For those who claim that their children are their most precious darlings of their lives, to them we simply ask, are such darlings not worth a small outlay of funds beyond what the government provides for worthwhile to provide the best for them? With the government outlays per student now given to the child to take with them, the cost of that private school may just have come within the reach of many such a parent, and would that not be worthwhile for them to finally be able to place their children in the schools they desire? The answer to both questions should be a resounding, “yes,” and is another reason privatizing education is something whose time has come. What will happen to all those educators currently in the public school system? Well, they will be able to find jobs with these private schools which will start to appear almost like weeds once they know that the money is there. Competition will keep the prices in check and competition will provide the best teachers receiving the higher salaries. Can you imagine teachers being given raises commensurate with the results of the education they provide the children and the decorum they manage in their classes? Schools will retain their best teachers and slowly weed out those whose methods and results prove to be less than expected. Those who are back to thinking that private schools would be a horrific idea, would you also desire government grocery stores and government clothing stores along with your government education system. Education is a lot like the weather, so many people complain about it but nobody does anything about it. Maybe the time has come to try something different. As Einstein was reputed to have said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” The reality is that the United States had private education for much of its history and the argument for public education was made to provide every student with an equal education which followed the prescribed curriculum such that the workforce would have a standard upon which they could depend. Many of the current results from the government run schools lays lie to such result, as many school systems no longer provide equal education in their schools or even an adequate level of education. Colleges at all levels are finding that they are required to provide remedial education in the most basic subjects without credit for incoming students often adding another year to their time required to graduate. What does this tell you about the level of education the average student are receiving in government schools; perhaps we should try something else and see how it turns out. We would love to see a state decide to try private education taking whatever Federal money they receive and taking the money they provide and dividing it into a per student amount. They could even sell off their school buildings to any system and making sure that different systems are provided with these facilities thus increasing competition. If any state were permitted to try this as a test case and the bureaucrats in Washington D.C. could permit their control freak tendencies to go into remission just for one state, then that could be the test case and any problems addressed as they are encountered. Imagine if such a test were permitted in, oh let’s pick someplace which would represent the nation as a whole, how about Illinois as it has Chicago plus a fair number of decent sized and small metropolitan regions as well as some rural farming communities thus it just might make a representative test case. Would it be simply unthinkable to Americans to accept private education where they would actually have to make decisions as to their children’s education? They choose the food their children eat, the clothes they wear and almost every other aspect of their life, but education which should be amongst the most important items just has to be trusted to the government. That simply does not make sense and is completely counterintuitive.

 

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July 29, 2018

Will America Turn as All Free Societies Before Her?

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If one were to peruse all the great democratic governances of the past, there is one thing which becomes frighteningly apparent, how each and every one ended. It did not matter if they were republics, democracies, presidential or parliamentary; they all died from the same disease. All democratic governances died from complications with their economies or their money. Once their money became questioned or their economy showed signs of collapse, they reached these points about the same time as the egalitarians started taking up causes which were foreign and contrary to the work ethic and the ideal of self-improvement as the means of bettering oneself. These ideals came from a false sense of equality taking the equality of ideas and turning it on its head while taking the equality of opportunity and twisting it into equality of wealth amongst the people regardless of their contribution to the society as a whole. Today this illness has a name, and that name is socialism. Look around the world today and almost all the misery is caused by having government make society fair and effort neutral taking from those who have and giving to those who have not. In the end, this results in everybody becoming a member of the have nothing community as the people learn that there is no amount of wealth which can defeat poverty, but there is plenty enough poverty to eliminate all wealth. This is the reality behind the collapses from Athens to Venezuela, from Cuba to the USSR, from South Africa to Europe and this beast is now readying to swallow up the wealth of the United States and squander it upon the stage of governance where equality is the byword but fascism lies right behind.

 

This decline has always begun with telling the poor that their poverty is not their fault but the fault of those with more money than they really need, after all, after some point of wealth, more money simply becomes what these levelers of all results claim is just obscene. They propose that this excessive wealth should be given to those unfortunate who, through no fault of their own, find themselves financially deprived. Their state has nothing to do with bad life habits, substance abuse, unemployment, illegitimacy, lack of education or sometimes actually things beyond their control. The new leaders who scream for total equality place this blame on those whose lives are spent in seemingly unending perfunctory toil as they work every day of their lives providing goods and services in exchange for a wage. These become the evil of society; those who had a hand in its construction will reap the blame which brings the destruction. They would have saved the nation if only they had been aware, but they worked and spent little time worrying about their world around them as all appeared well from their limited vision blurred and unfocused except upon their jobs and families. These were the taxpayers upon whose backs the new age of the egalitarian utopia would be built. All the while, these were the people most vilified and made to appear as the most depraved and despicable amongst us, clinging to old fashions, beliefs and morals. These were the ones who believed in the Supreme Being with their hearts and who remained blind for far too long only to awaken in a brave new world.

 

America Weeping

America Weeping

 

Eventually, all became clear and they may have started to stand, but they were always too late, too weak and never sufficiently organized as were their detractors. Their societies all fell to the fascist of one sort or another, each successive failure worse than those before them. The Ancient Greeks were becoming victims to the plague which comes accompanied by totalitarianism but Rome conquered them before the true evil had set in completely and started redistribution of wealth. Rome fell to the providing distraction for the masses, to the concept of bread and circuses as pacifiers of the rabble, the unwashed, those in poverty. Rome slowly went bankrupt both monetarily and morally. Rome provided food and shelter along with the games in the colosseums to entertain those who were in need of being provided for under the guise of complete equality in all things. Then their savior came promising to end their suffering caused by their current corrupt and evil leadership if only the people would trust them. Sometimes this new savior is not necessarily a singular ruler but new ruling elites who possess a higher morality which must take its rightful place, replacing the old ways with new and more equalizing rule. Free things were promised by this new governance, if only the people would invest their trust to those of the new leadership. They would lead their nation and now the world into its new age of total equality where nobody would want for anything as their promise and everyone wanting for everything their eventual result.

 

The promises always sounded so wonderful. Slogans were big such as, “From all according to their ability, to all according to their needs.” Always the promise is more stuff for free paid for by the wealthy, but the wealthy always find some means of not paying and that burdensome task falls to those who accept the slogans because they have no time for such foolishness and instead work. They believed in everyone giving to contribute and sharing the work as such would make no difference in their lives, they were already producing and serving to their best ability. They were working; sometimes two or three jobs, and working very hard and the government began to divert their wealth production for the support of those who placed them in office. These were those who were not producing, some for what all recognize as legitimate reasons and others simply because they had learned to get by while not working. They had a weapon by which they could gain a level of relative comfort with food, shelter and, most of all, entertainment. Usually all their needs were to be met by the wonderful new government as the new party demanding the right to lead promised everything to everyone, and the working class labored on. The initial demands were insignificant, a safety net to catch those in desperate need and set them back on their feet, some wage insurance for the unemployed, medical coverage paid by others became a right, universal employment became a responsibility of government, when that failed it became a guaranteed wage with work no longer a requirement. The last step is actually taking the wealth from those who held power for so long with their money talking while the workers simply toiled away their lives. Once the wealth of the super rich was spent, the system collapses and that is when the savior demands, give me the power and I will end all the sorrow and bring back greatness again.

 

These are your Caesars, your Napoleons, your Lenins, your Stalin, your Mussolini, your Caligula, your Mao, your Castro, your Che and Hitler or other dictatorial saviors who bring temporary relief followed by complete destruction with time. These leaders all have a common thread, things are never their fault as if only they had some more money, more funding, then they could make it work. They can never make it work because government cannot provide anyone with anything it did not take away from others. The problem always lies in the fact that when the government provides you with something for free, it actually costs the society thrice as much than if you had provided for yourself as for you to have done so would have meant you were providing a service for the society instead of being a growing and greedy burden. The main problem arises in that for the government to have the means to pay to provide free stuff, they must take in cash through taxes, fees, charges and other incremental encroachments upon the baseline productivity. To take in this money costs money, adding this to the total costs. Then they must find the means of getting the funds from here to there and on to there and those who dispense the funds and free stuff and all this costs more money until the overhead starts to impinge upon the basic functionality of the society. Eventually a tipping-point is reached and the siphoning of funds becomes too great and a crisis arrives. Then, as soon as the savior takes the seat of power, the end approaches.

 

Initially, the savior appears to have it all figured out when in reality they have been working their way through the rich and powerful and initially imprisoning these wealthy adversaries and later simply executing them as enemies of the state when they were killed for their opposition and to steal their wealth to prop up the savior’s government. Eventually the savior will have to feed off of the loyal friends as their money too will become rewired to stay afloat. Eventually the Ponzi scheme of free things for all will crash and burn and then the nation ends up like Venezuela or Greece where everything has failed and they reap that which they had sown. There is a cycle explaining the circular path which people travel around leading from one period to the next where bondage results at some point from freedom through various stages. This cycle is called the Tytler Cycle of Power in Governance (see image below). The Tytler Cycle at first glance appears to be misleading because everyone believes that they live in a period of greater wealth and freedoms than reality would dictate, unless the collapse has struck and somewhere between Apathy and Bondage, right before the new struggle where faith and courage bring on freedom once again only to be lost as the wheel continues to turn. The cycle may repeat but each repetition only rhymes with previous as each collapse suffers a different fate through which everything falls apart on the rocks of everything for free as even free stuff requires it be paid for in labor by one who is productive in the society, at least until every last of the productive has been rendered spent. There are signs of the failure coming and finding that all you are told is mostly a lie such as false news and hysterical outbursts about how absolutely terrible and unconscionable everything is because of those who are chosen for the big blaming. For Hitler it was the Jews, for Stalin it was the Jews and the religious in general, for Mao it was the Buddhists and religious people, for the Greeks it was the Jews, for the Romans it was the Jews, for the Persians it was the Jews, for the Babylonians and Phoenicians it was the Jews and truth be told, for the Muslims it is the Jews and for the new intersectionality rules on the far left it is the Jews and particularly Israel.

 

Tytler Cycle of Power in Governance

Tytler Cycle of Power in Governance

 

Intersectionality is an interesting terminology as used by the leftists. With intersectionality, they enforce an all-for-one rule where every leftist group must toe the line on certain universal wrongs. Amongst these universal wrongs are their purported perpetrators and their helpless victims. The victims are defined as women, minorities, illegal immigrants, Muslims and the LGBTQIA communities. The perpetrating powers who are ruining the world are defined as white, male, Israel, conservatives, religious (other than Islam), Europeans, Republicans and amongst others, the Jews. The one unifying factor of all these former and the current anti-traditionalist movements is their hatred of the Jews. As such, women supporting the feminist cause and who had signs which also showed support for Israel or for Zionism were banned from the recent anti-Trump Women’s March. At the lead of this rejection of the hopes and dreams of over two millennia of the Jewish People is Linda Sarsour, a pro-Palestinian Islamist who assisted in terrorism against Israel before making her way to lead the new left and the Democrat banner in the United States. This will be the new face that these far leftists will place into the mainstream of American culture. If one desires to be included in the new Progressivism, then they will be required to forsake Israel and the Zionist dream and instead of viewing it as the dream of a people over thousands of years, claiming that it is an oppressive cult barely worthy of being a religion which must be scoured from the face of the Earth. This new “humanist” sectarian culture has no room for religion and especially no room for Jews who actually believe in and follow Torah and Hashem.

 

Jews are welcome as long as they support the Arabist Palestinian cause whose driving force is the extinction of the Jewish People just as the Hamas Charter repeats from the Hadiths stating in Hamas Charter, Article 7, “The hour of judgment shall not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them, so that the Jews hide behind trees and stones, and each tree and stone will say: ‘Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him,’ except for the Gharqad tree, for it is the tree of the Jews.” This is the face of the new Democrat personified in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, winner of the Democrat primary for Congressional District 14 of New York representing the Bronx. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) has also adopted the pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel and anti-Zionism positions. The new Democrats have made support for Israel a partisan position with Republican remaining in support while the Democrats not so much. AntiFa has linked hands with the anti-Israel BDS movement which was spawned originally by the Arab League. The truth is the left has sold out Israel and joined the Palestinian battle to eliminate Israel whether they see this truth or not. This is the new political reality whether many non-Orthodox Jews care to accept and believe it or remain in denial. Many claim that their Democrat representative supports Israel, but does that matter when the Party demands they vote to condemn Israel for defending herself? These are the forces which will turn the United States just as such causes have destroyed and torn asunder other formerly great nations. The only hope is for the cycle to be broken, but that will take a huge reformation to fight this well financed and destructive force now unleashed within the heart of America.

 

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July 27, 2018

Democrats Offer Rehash of Same Old Song

 

Rereleasing old songs, as if they were new, works well in Hollywood as we always hope the remake of an old favorite movie will offer more pizzazz and though some do, most just let us down and we leave the theater feeling hollow. The music industry does the same thing with old songs, often over and over, and still the original is often the one we prefer best. But at least Hollywood and the music industry choose successful movies and songs to try to modernize, and still they usually fail the test of time. The Democrat Party is trotting out their oldest theme which has worked by lulling the people with stories of getting everything for free and never having to pay. The electorate soon realizes that there is no free lunch and somebody has to pay. The sad reality is that often the people who were promised that everything was to be free are the exact ones who end up paying. But the Democrats believe that they can win the youth over with their message of redistribution of wealth and everything for free with only the wealthy paying. What the Democrats are not telling them is that anybody who has a job is the Democrat definition of wealthy.

 

The War on Poverty has failed which is proven through the Cato Institute study showing that the collection of federal and state welfare benefit packages could deliver over $30,000 to a family without them working or even seeking employment. Perhaps this free stuff is the incentive to remain taking all the free stuff offered rather than working as if done to the full extent, one could keep the family fed for free. Benjamin Franklin offered some brutal and painful truths when he stated, “I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” Benjamin Franklin allowed for people who were new in poverty, such as those whose job was abolished by unforeseen calamity such as the workplace closing, to receive temporary benefits, as their newfound poverty was not of their making. But as with many such allowances, it comes with a but, and that but is these are to be temporary and none should be supported by other people’s labors permanently, especially over a prolonged period. Franklin firmly felt that making people uncomfortable with poverty was the best remedy for their situation and not making the life of those in poverty comfortable and wanting for nothing. Perhaps it was this position which had the mint place Ben Franklin on the $100.00 Bill pictured below.

 

Ben Franklin on the $100.00 Bill

Ben Franklin on the $100.00 Bill

 

Numerous studies have shown that those in the United States who are considered to be in poverty have a modern flat screen television, computers, a vehicle which is more often previously owned but some have new cars, a microwave and numerous other items which could be considered to be a luxury. We remember the first time such a study was released, which was before flat screens, so then it was just color televisions and stereo systems, we were left somewhat stunned as we did not own a microwave as they were still too pricey for a retail salesperson’s and a secretary’s salaries. We found that one reason was the poverty-stricken were residing in government assisted housing while we resided in the posh suburbs in a spacious two bedroom apartment. The italicized should be read with great sarcasm as the government assisted housing area was less than a mile away across the city limits inside Philadelphia while we then resided in Ben Salem just off Street Road, yes, that was the name of the road. This is not then a new problem as this refers to a survey performed in the 1970’s when even many Democrats feared that those in poverty had become too comfortable in their poverty.

 

The truth which needs repeating, and should be taught to students in their introductory economics classes and political science classes, but that would be considered detrimental and not aiding in the proper indoctrination of the student to expect and support full Europeanizing of the United States, is that socialism has and will always fail. Another item which bares repeating is that the United States was the nation, and even before nationhood, the region where one ran from Europe and its habits, to start a new world where if one worked hard they would succeed and not have governments dictate where their moneys were to be spent. The American Revolution was over a three percent tax on tea. Let that sink in, a three percent tax on tea. It was the principle that they were being taxed to support somebody else’s spending and that this spending was done without their even being allowed a vote to elect the government taxing them to cover its expenditures. Many people in America today did not vote for those who support these seemingly extravagant welfare related expenditures, especially to allow a family to collect a government provided allotment greater than their salaries after taxation. We can fully understand one taking the government handout and not working if in order to take home an equivalent sum annually would require, if our math is accurate, over $42,500 in salary per year. That requires being employed at over $20.00/hr working a forty-hour week. With such generosity provided by the government, one would be foolish to take employment at minimum wage, even if it was the $15.00/hr that the Democrats are pushing. With welfare and other subsidies offering such free money which exceeds even their dreamed of higher minimum wage, it is no wonder that employers are unable to fill minimum wage entry positions. Oh, and guess who pays for all of this largess? Anyone making over $20.00/hr, that’s who.

 

So, where as those who have learned to live off the system may be receiving a free lunch, those who work and pay for it know that their lunch is far from free. We have heard about the degrading system which makes one wait in lines and the shame in paying for groceries with the government card and all the other horrible requirements made for people to collect these funds. We also know the other side of approaching half one’s paycheck being eaten by taxes, federal, state, county and city. Even FICA now goes directly into the general fund as the lock-box has been eliminated as the politicians found leaving little IOU’s on the “Social Security” lock-box far too tedious when stealing what was supposed to be set aside to pay for Social Security in the future. The politicians act like there still is such a lock-box, and there is, it is just no funds are ever inserted as all funds enter immediately into the main stream of cash flowing through Washington D.C. in order to pay for all the goodies they keep enacting. What the systems for eliminating poverty are now accomplishing is guaranteeing that once one reaches the stage of going onto these programs, they become all but impossible to leave simply because it would require quite a cut back in one’s lifestyle as at an entry wage one would have to take almost a one-third cut in their income.

 

Everyone remembers their first paycheck; they waited eagerly those first few weeks, regularly computing all the money they would get, all but spending it on music or the down payment on a super stereo (we were just beginning high school when we went through this calamity), and then we receive the envelope with the check with all our hard earned money inside. Then we opened the envelope and the sum in the box marked, pay to, and the shock went through our young bodies, the mind raced, we felt a little queasy and just knew something had to be wrong. We asked our go-to experts on all things in the real world, we knew them as Mom and Dad, and usually we asked Dad these questions, and Dad explained taxes and how as we were working part time we would get most of those withholdings back sometime next year. Withholdings, next year, whose idea was this rip-off, we wanted names and addresses so we could go and well, go and do something. Time proceeded along its pace and we stopped planning on spending our money until we actually had the check and even got to the point we could estimate what would be left for us. Then you are placed on the sales floor and are paid by commission against minimum wage, which made figuring out your paycheck became calculus. But that shock of the withholdings is one you never get past and when money gets tight, emergencies or whatever, it happens, that is when you really feel that the system is broken.

 

The reason is simple, by taxing the rich using the income tax you are missing their wealth as the truly rich invest, they do not work for a salary, and the average CEO gets stock bonuses and a car and chauffeur and other perks, not a big salary. They pay little to no income tax as income tax is the way the truly wealthy make sure no regular working stiff ever makes into their ranks protecting their status as those with all the power. They may eventually, if they do not reinvest their funds fast enough, have to pay capital gains taxes but only on the increased value of the stocks, the principle is never touched. Their initial wealth remains untouched and should they decide to buy another mansion, they buy it as an investment such that they get to use it as a deduction against their capital gains taxes. They often have all their expenses taken off their portfolio so as to use them as losses incurred and pay themselves some paltry salary as spending money off a trust fund set up to avoid paying taxes. The only way of touching these wealthy, the truly wealthy, would be a wealth tax, and that will never happen. Just for the record, ever wonder how Congresscritters become so wealthy on what is a mediocre income? The answer is so basic that it will really upset you, Congresscritters and their senior staff are immune from insider trading laws because they have so much insider information that they would not be able to control and invest their wealth if they needed to obey such restrictions. These are the people screaming that Trump is staying at hotels where he owns the property and they make insider deals knowing which company is about to receive billions in tax monies for some government program? Please, give us a break. They are all scoundrels.

 

The whole problem is that the monies one receives in the various welfare systems cannot exceed the take-home pay of a minimum wage earner or there is no incentive to go out and work. But the Democrats have a solution for that. Remember, their solution for high college tuition is for government to pay for college, free college, their solution to high medical bills is for government to pay the medical bills, their solution for the problem of the moment is for government to pay, their solution to all your problems is for government to pay; but the government does not earn any money, they just take it from those who work. We wish to close quoting Margaret Thatcher who once said, “The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” That is exactly the problem that Venezuela is suffering, Greece is suffering, Italy is suffering and what eventually killed the Soviet Union and cripples Cuba and most of Europe. That is another reason for the United States not to go down the apparently perfect plan of socialism and instead to return to the Constitution and limited government with the powers accumulated in Washington D.C. being redistributed amongst the individual states where the people have greater control.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

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