Money and Democratic Ideals

A wheelbarrow of money to buy a loaf of bread. This is what Obama, with his fiscal cliff plan, threatens us with.
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What explains the Democratic Party’s curious attitude toward money? Maybe they simply don’t understand it.

Money from family worse than money from strangers? Huh?

Tuesday night (September 5) was an interesting night to watch television. The Democratic Convention was covered by all news-worthy stations. And some were more “worthy” than others. If you are a Democrat, the speeches may have affected your legs, as they had in the past for Chris Matthews and last night for Fox News contributor, Jehmu Greene. If you are a Conservative, chances are you spent the night yelling at the television. I have to admit that today my voice is a little hoarse.

But Tuesday night also raised some interesting questions. For instance, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro ridiculed Governor Romney for suggesting that kids should ask their parents for money to start a business. Does the Mayor want us to believe that it is more rational to ask the government for everything? Doesn’t he realize that the government’s money comes from people who are complete strangers to the kids asking for the money?

Of course the issue becomes a little more complex when you try to add Michelle Obama’s poignant history into the mix. Michelle told a very heart wrenching story about her humble beginnings and how difficult it was for her and her family to pay for her college. Most of her money came from student loans and grants and her parents borrowed the rest. Here’s the underlying problem: student loans and grants come from public finance resources. In other words, she borrowed other people’s money.

Is it fair to borrow (or steal) money from strangers?

A wheelbarrow of money to buy a loaf of bread

A Weimar-era householder wheels a barrow full of worthless Reichsbanknotes to the corner baker to buy a loaf of bread. Will the US economy reduce people to this, when it runs out of other people’s money?

So if we are to accept Mayor Julian’s inference that it is out of touch to believe that kids needing money should borrow from their parents, why isn’t it preposterous to believe that it is more acceptable to borrow money from complete strangers – strangers who are obligated to pay through over-taxation?

Is it fair to ask strangers to pay for the benefits for others, especially if they may be having trouble meeting the needs of their own families? The Democrats repeat the mantra that everyone should pay their fair share. It may sound nice to those in the lower income brackets; however, there is nothing fair about it. The 49% of Americans who do not pay their share of taxes but leech off of others that do are really the ones who are not being “fair.” No one expects those in the lower income bracket to pay high percentages but how about kicking in their fair share for a change, and how about they stop whining that others aren’t giving them more?

The days when people in financial straits had to rely on their neighbors, families or churches for charity created an element of shame but also an element of accountability. Today it seems we have neither. Those in need have no shame about demanding that others provide for them. The shame they would have known if they were relying on neighbors, families, or churches is swept away because they now go to an impersonal government. The problem of course is that government, even in the best of times, doesn’t have its own money; government only has our money.

Cory Booker said:

Paying your fair share isn’t class warfare; it’s patriotic.

I actually find myself agreeing with Mayor Booker. I think it’s time everybody start paying their fair share. If they do, perhaps we will see a revival of the old work ethic that many of us still remember. And maybe it just might be possible that some way, somehow the Democratic Party will find it reasonable to put God back into their platform. Well, there I go again, looking for miracles!