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Changing Truths

by Right Hand Man

I’ve already spoken on how capitalism has been demonized by many on the left. The truth is that many things that we accept in our lives as kosher, normal, or acceptable simply aren’t. The reason that we come to accept these beliefs is because we’ve been duped into acceptance via a continuous loop of lies aimed at changing our focus.

We are beginning our new tax season and many people are looking forward to their big return. Every year I am astonished by the attitude regarding tax returns. Most look at them as gifts or rewards. It’s a constant reminder for some that the government is there for them. How much would these people feel rewarded if they were writing the IRS checks every month? Suddenly their 0% interest loan to the government wouldn’t seem like such a great gift. The point, however, is that this attitude stems from a long distraction from the truth. You are not getting money from the government, but you’re getting your own money back – that is unless you’re paying.

If you further investigate the feelings of those who do get large returns during tax season, many will gladly tell you that the rich should be taxed more because they can afford it. This is the same sentiment that attacks a baseball player for making $10 million a year for playing a game. The genesis of this attitude is jealousy aroused by leftist philosophies or dare I say socialist philosophies. The Robin Hood mentality that the rich are here to provide for the rest of us, that all wealthy people were born with silver spoons in their mouths, or just because you can afford it you should pay it are not only ignorant, they’re dangerous.

Why are they dangerous? They’re dangerous because they discourage wealth, the very thing that most of us desire and that which makes us so comfortable in this nation. Everyone enjoys tax season until they get over the hump and find out that they actually HAVE to start writing checks to the IRS. Robin Hood is a hero until you find yourself staring down the tip of his sword.

Why do so many believe these things? Because, like a magician, those who hold to those philosophies choose to misdirect your focus from the totality of the truth and instead arouse the emotion we all tend toward – covetousness. We don’t think about the hard work, education, sacrifice, and risk it takes for a corporate CEO to get to his/her position, we only think about the private jet they are taking to Costa Rica.

The democrats are working with their magical wands again and, in an effort to get people on board with their public option, they’re going to demonize the insurance companies. Before we go out and feed that ugly green head of jealousy, let’s take in a big fresh breath of reality. How often have you been burned by your insurance company? How often have you been thankful for them? Is it wrong for insurance companies, as a business, to make profit? Would you start an insurance company if you had the means to do so?

The key to catching the prestige is to not play the gullible fool and focus on what matters, not on what you’re told matters. That which doesn’t matter is usually the attention getter, the flamboyancy that demands attention, or in the case of politics, talking points. Look beyond the shaking hand and flapping lips of your politicians and look at their voting record and figure out for yourself if they’re working for you or for themselves.


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  • Opus #6 January 23, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    I have been a proponent of American Capitalism ever since I spent a summer in Sweden as a foreign exchange student in 1981. Even the Swedish family I lived with groused day and night about the 80+% taxes.

  • Matt January 23, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    You illustrate the primary Democratic/"Progressive" play. Attack, attack, attack. I believe it is Alinsky's rule # 8. People get distracted by the attacks, and miss the substance of the debate.

  • Right Hand Man January 23, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Opus,

    I knew someone from Finland who had the same complaints. Apparently progressives want to learn the hard way as opposed to learning from others. I don't think Americans will let that happen. This country was founded on the principles of "Leave me the hell alone". We will sway back to that as government gets more socialist. That's my hope anyway.

  • Right Hand Man January 23, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Matt,

    John Carey is big on the Alinsky rules as well. 🙂 You're right, attacking is one of the distraction points in politics. Unfortunately it comes from both sides. My hope for the current movements in this country (where republicans and democrats are less popular than independents and conservatives) that people start voting for people for reasons different than yesterday and don't buy into these tactics.