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Updated on October 7, 2012

By: Wayne Brown

It is “leaked video week” in America as the coming fall season begins to fill the air with a coolness hinting that winter is on the way. This time, it is Obama’s turn in the barrel with his 1998 speech citing his belief in redistribution of wealth. From all indications, Obama had to soften that stance in 2008 and call it something else to get by the electorate. There is good reason for that need. You see, here in America, we don’t believe in a system that takes the assets of others and gives them away in the name of everyone getting an equal slice of the pie via the government. Americans have a name for that philosophy commonly known as “communism”. Obviously, that concept by name would have not passed muster for Obama in 2008 so he had to rename the concept to make it more palatable.

Karl Marx believed in redistribution. He also believed that people, once enslaved to the concept, would seek work as a life goal. That work would result in a higher level of productivity thus creating more goods and services for all to consume. This was the real fly in Karl’s sauce. Historically socialist and communist-based societies become less productive as opposed to the theoretical put forth by Marx. The accumulated wealth tends to stagnate and each time it is shared, the portion gets smaller as the producers population shrinks in the system. It is a system divided into “givers” and “takers” and the givers do not last too long.

As part of his testimony on believing in “redistribution”, Obama made the observation that “good things happen when the wealth is spread around”. In some light, there might be a bit of truth to that statement in the sense that any economy can be stimulated when more money is in circulation. But, if one is not allowed to keep the money they attract, the effort to attract it stops rather quickly ending the cycle of “high production”. Certainly we can all benefit by gaining a greater share of the potential wealth within the economy but that gain is not achieved through the mechanical redistribution by a government entity. The reasoning for that predictable outcome is rather obvious but in the interest of political theater, let us review the reasoning to be sure.

In order to get a socialist process off the ground in a society, there must be a mechanism in place which “enslaves” the people to the particular focus. Obviously that concept cannot center on a goal such as “hey everybody, work real hard and give us your money and we’ll all be rich”….people are not so stupid…at least not initially. No, those early steps have to deal with concepts like “hope” and “change”. They have to address the fact that so many have been “victimized” and the approach has to pinpoint a cause usually rooted in a class envy scenario. “Look, you have nothing because Joe is getting all the money. How does that make you feel? What you need is a strong central government which will force Joe to share his wealth with you, then both of you will be better off.” The thought process points the individual in a utopian direction with the underlying premise that a big, intrusive government will intervene on his/her behalf. This approach normally takes root at the lower levels of society where hope and change already exists. At that level, it is easy for a snake-oil salesman to convince the people that all that all the hopes for change are on the way.

As the concept gains momentum, it begins to support itself. For example, if the reasoning outlined above takes root, changes can come about even in a majority-oriented society such as our own here in America. Those sold on the concept flood the polls and elect the likes of a “Barack Obama” leading that dream toward hope and change and moving toward the idea that big government can gain them the wealth they have been deprived of in their “victimization” by the ruling classes. With one election, a socialist sits at the helm in the White House in a nation that deplores socialism and communism. Unfortunately, far too many who make up the population of the country have no idea what either concepts looks like in action.

With control in hand, the next level becomes the “enslavement”. Those in control must get as much of the population as possible into a dependency mode that looks toward the government for their survival. Flooding the welfare rolls, stagnating the economy and keeping unemployment high tends to squeeze out the desired results especially at the lower and untrained levels of society. More and more taxpayer dollars go into entitlement projects ranging from pocket money to housing. At every turn, people look in the mailbox for a government check as the answer to their needs. Money flows out at a much greater rate than it comes in under the existing tax structure. The so-called “leaders” point fingers of blame and say that is because those with money refuse to pay their fair share ignoring the fact that those without money are paying nothing at all. Class-envy begins to grow into class warfare and hatred spews forth as one sect and the other are divided by a broad expanse of disagreement and no one on the government dole wants to listen to any logic in terms of the productivity of the society. Those leading the effort in cahoots with those in the press continue to hammer the producers to provide more tax dollars to the government at each turn to fund entitlements. In turn, the government issues forth more and more regulations making sure that the economic situations does not improve thus keeping the majority enslaved within the spider’s lair.

At the upper end of the society, the accumulated wealth tends to insulate those holding it from the effects and they are able to sustain hanging on to the majority of their wealth. Coming down the ladder, the burden of demand to support the ever-growing entitlement within the society falls squarely on the shoulders of those who “must work to sustain their livelihood”. They have no choice and realize they will fall to the bottom if they do not work. The government then pushes for more and more taxes and the burden grows on the middle-class until finally the government is getting more of their weekly paycheck than their household is getting. Many let go and fall to the bottom of the system only to get into the entitlement line and become a great part of the voices screaming for more to be taken from that smaller and smaller group which is left there in the middle. Along the way, freedoms and liberties erode in the process of keeping the producers on task. At some point, a man or woman can no longer elect to quit their job because they no longer have that right. The government decides. By this point, the “enslavement” is complete as most of the population is looking to the government as the provider and the government is in total control of the people. The government no longer works for the people; the people work for the government.

The irony of it all is that Obama’s observation that good things happen when the wealth gets spread around is simply a lie. Those who are given things without investment or sweat equity do little or nothing to hang on to those things or grow them. They consume them rapidly. Money turns into purchases and consumption sending the wealth right back to the wealthy or to the government. People continue to subsist at best. The motivation to better one’s self is lost on the masses as the dependence on government overshadows any individual motivation. There is no margin in the betterment of one’s self except to see that which he or she has earned to be taken from them and given to others who have done nothing to earn it. In Obama and his mentor’s minds, this is the basis for equality and fairness and this is the “fundamental transformation” which is intended to be brought to America.

If one went out on the streets of America today and took a survey as to how soon people desired socialism or communism to arrive in this country, there is little doubt that political orientation would have much influence on the outcome. Those directions are not the intent of the people in America yet far too many of those same people do not recognize the concepts when they see them first hand. In truth, we are living in the early stages of it right now under this administration. The divides are being created; the entitlements and those desiring them grow on a daily basis, and it is all done on the basis of an arrival at a “promised utopia” which remains without description but is insinuated to eliminate or neutralize all the ills of mankind and leave us all in a state of equality.

Common sense is a wonderful thing because it brings with it the ability to reason and think things through. One thing becomes clear very quickly when one considers our present direction. Equality cannot be legislated nor can it be decreed. Equality is a bi-product of other actions and processes such as those set forth by our founding fathers in the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. Equality is not simply declared for each of us; it is earned. Yes, we have the right to seek it under our present Constitution and Bill of Rights. We have the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness but bear in mind that a large intrusive government which does not observe any restrictions imposed on it by the people can take all of that away with the wave of a hand.

If we look to our history, we see the wisdom of those who created this country before us. Through their own life experiences, they had learned that dictators do not bring equality and fairness and a government which rules the people and is not controlled by the people is simply tyranny. No doubt, the vast majority of people in America would love to achieve wealth. At present, we have that opportunity before each of us if we have to discipline and the focus to apply ourselves and achieve it. The cure and feeding of a large, intrusive federal government will not improve on that outcome but it will diminish the possibility by creating nothing more than a large welfare state which is clothed in the promise of fairness and equality and uses the redistribution of wealth as the promise to enslave its people. It is a flawed proposition in reality offering nothing but empty promises tied to individual desires for hope and change.

The United States of America is a nation built on the will and determination of people who came to this country to achieve hope and change with a past chained in tyranny. They had a vision and they made that vision come true for the vast majority who were willing to sustain the focus and do the hard work necessary to reach another rung on the ladder. Now, this great country, is under the leadership of a man who will tell you that the next rung up on the ladder is owed to you by society and that the government’s job is to provide it to you all in exchange for a loyal blind following into a land devoid of hope and change…a societal prison where the “haves” always hold power and control over the “have-nots”.

Listen to what is said. Observe the actions and steps taken. Look at the results. There is nothing there to lend itself to anything utopian except the sheer dependency on government for survival and even that will erode as the society falls into abject failure over time. Redistribution, plain and simple, is a communist veil over the enslavement of the masses.

©Copyright WBrown2012. All Rights Reserved.

19 September 2012


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      Charles James 5 years ago from Yorkshire, UK

      "Lower" class or "poorer" class?

      Do not call them "plebs" or that will really get you into trouble!

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Eiddwen....Maybe it will change a few minds along the way too! Thanks much for the read and the comment! ~WB

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A great hub which certainly leaves much food for thought and here's to many more.

      Enjoy your weekend.


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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Faith Reaper....Thank you for those words of encouragement! ~WB

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Nice add, The Frog Prince!!!

      Amen, Willstar and Dave!

      Just could not help myself again and had to interject again.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Diana Lee....Obama and company are quite good at manipulating the lower classe sector of society with their promises to change the wind direction and run water up hill. He plays on their hopes and hints at fulfilling them to get the votes he needs only to leave them hanging but attempting to blame it on the right. As long as people are gullible, there will be the opportunity to pursue a path of socialism or communism in the world. People are and always have been creative in finding ways to climb up out of holes but this government does not want them out of the holes....wants to keep them in there and have some others join them. When they have wrung everything out of the middle class income earners, we can join one mass population of poor folks under the thumb of an all powerful government. At that point, the people will work for the government as opposed to the government working for the people. All that can be changed...we simply have to start saying "no" to what we cannot afford in this day and time. There are plenty things out there to say "no" to but we have very few politicians in elected office with the spine to take on the task. Thanks much! ~WB

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      Diana L Pierce 5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      This is a good can of worms to open, Wayne. I don't agree with the government playing Robin Hood. I think when tax is needed it should be the same percent dollar for dollar no matter who earned it. They take away from the rich man to give to the poor, which many are poor because they chose it. Enough said about slackers, but I see it everyday. After this it is the middle class paying the tax needed to run the government. As if the middle class hasn't paid their share already and now most of these middle class workers have lost a big junk of their 401k to the stock market fall. When they retire, which many are getting close to that age can be expected to be in the poor class because they lost their life savings over a government controlled retirement fund. Many have no choice of where their money goes. Some can chose to put their's in a guarantee interest account at a low interest rate, but not all plans support it. Some will not be able to retire unless they lower themselves to either live at a lower class than they are accustom to or beg for help. It's sad and it's not right.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Charles James....And so would most of the folks in Congress so it is doubtful they would take themselves there by intention even if it were for the good of the country. We need to your chaplain over here to pray for us! Thanks much! WB

      @breakfastpop....You have my permission to forward it, Poppy if you can find an address that will put it in his hands. Let me know how that works out! LOL! Thanks much! ~WB

      @fpherj48...This is what happens when we fail to educate and insulate our nation from those philosphies which are detrimental to our existence. Too often, the reason for embracing these so-called new ideas is the assumption that we will keep all that is good and incorporate it into the changes....won't happen. All we will do is throw away what has worked for us and traded it for something with a validated history of failure. I guess if Romney won't say it....I have to! LOL! Thanks much! ~WB

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Wayne.......What breakfast pop said....DITTO! Thanks for saving me some energy today, pop! I owe you a drink at the Inn.

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      I am begging you to forward this brilliant piece to Romney. He needs to make this point understood before disaster strikes in November. This is an excellent analysis that should be required reading before anyone can cast a vote. Up all the way.

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      Charles James 5 years ago from Yorkshire, UK


      In the UK we have some exemption from capital gains tax but capital gains beyond the tax free allowance are taxed as income. Would it do great injustice in the USA if all capital gains in a year over say $50,000 or $100,000 were then taxed as earnings? Warren would then pay more tax I suspect. So would Mitt.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @The Frog Prince...The point you emphasized becomes his "rationale" for the redistribution...."to give everyone a shot". Hey, if that works so well, why do we have to pay to throw the darts at the county fair...shouldn't everyone have a shot? You hit the nail right smack on with what our choices are in November. Even a tree in Brooklyn would be a better alternative to what we presently have. Thanks much, TFP. ~WB

      @caltex....Yes, and the other example I always cite in the struggling minority person who finally makes it up on the ladder of is amazing how conservative they become in their views of those who do not want to really work to achieve in life. There is nothing like personal experience and example to drive home a point of common sense. But....always remember....liberals think with their hearts not their heads...and, that is the root of the problem. Thanks much! ~WB

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      caltex 5 years ago

      Great hub, Wayne! It reminded me of a video I saw where students were asked if they are willing to support the redistribution of GPAs to help those students with lower grades. Naturally, the high-achievers found this unfair, while those with lower grades were just too eager to support it.

      Imagine if there is such a thing! To the high-achiever, what will be the incentive to work hard if he's not going to get the high grade he deserves anyway? And to the slacker, what will be the incentive to work hard if he does not have to? Guaranteed it will be a school of mediocre students at best. I don't think the redistribution of wealth will be any different.

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Wayne - The part I keyed on was "so everyone has a shot." You can tell from Obama's upbringing just where a statement like that comes from. This nation has always been the land of opportunity where "everyone has a shot." Legal immigrants come here for that very reason.

      I reckon what Obama means is that everyone has a shot of getting freebies they aren't willing to work for. Most folks aren't educated enough to know where the redistribution of wealth Obama believes in comes from - Karl Marx.

      The choice this election is indeed a stark one - You can vote for for free stuff or you can vote for freedom. In the long run you can't have both.

      Nice write.

      The Frog

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @cattleships...You are correct. We, as people did not establish government to be our "arm of compassion" as a population. Some damn slippery politicians realized that they could take taxpayer funds and turn it into votes in order to remain in office and collect off the federal dole. These people are even worse than those who abuse welfare but we need to get rid of both of them. I don't give money to homeless people as a rule anymore because I can no longer decide who is "homeless" by choice versus circumstance. Those of the left failed to see the corruption deny that any such thing can happen. The reality is that it does every day. We have to clean up our world and that means we have to make some hard choices. Those choices do not include throwing grandma and our elderly under the train or off the cliff as the liberals would suggest. But, it does include finding out why any given person is receiving government money and what the justification to do so really is. I am all for taking care of those in need but we need have a society whch extends far beyond that premise in which the existing government buys votes with taxpayer dollars expended for welfare temporary housing. We must get a rein on these areas and route out the "pretenders." ~WB

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Charles James....Hey...I'm certainly not an expert in this stuff but it appears to me that the UK is more generous in their capital gains taxations that we are here in the USA. At the very least, most Americans pay at least 15% on anything that makes it into the category of "long term" which is holding the investment for one year or more and that does not include any cap amounts. Thanks much for that feedback, Charles! ~WB

      @Old Poolman...There is no doubt about it, Mike. Our tax base needs to be restructured but the sad truth is that the richer of our breed still holds elective office and tend to offer shelters to suit their needs. That is not the reason that we elected them to office but is certainly is the reality. Thanks much! ~ WB

      @faithreaper...Thanks very much. I did not write for the praise but more for the passion. In this arena, I write what I truly feel and normally when I post something it is because my passions have been raised beyond the limits. I am really not interested in the political scene but Obama's entry into it and his action early on made me realize that all of us have a duty to stand up when we see things that are way out of line with our culture and history in America...Obama and company are off the charts in that respect. I fear for this country. We are not perfect but what he and his minions want for us is not even close to our idea of acceptance on the basis of our past history. Jimmy Carter was naive. This guy is evil. ~WB

      @William Young...You are damn right! We've got nothing to hide here. It is Obama who has the agenda. We are just fighting against those forces who want to do away with our country an turn it into a socialist state in which the people look to the government for everything. Until Obama arrives at that destinations....his contract will remain unfilfilled. Thanks much! WB

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      William Young 5 years ago from Eaglle Grove, Iowa

      Great Hub, Wayne! It has definitely been a crazy week with all the gotcha videos. I would have loved Romney to embrace those comments more than he did. He should have said--"You're damn right I said that, and if you want you can take that undercover video and put it on the jumbo tron in times square where more Americans can see it and understand the terrible situation we're in with America's entitlement addiction!"

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Woooo my hat off, well (your hat) off to you dear Wayne! Outstanding, well-written and needed to be said. First off, how can so many be so very naive about a video, how crazy is that --- all of that was well planned in advance. We are just sitting ducks here waiting to do our ownselves in, unless a miracle from God happens, and that is about what it will take to get this nation, back to its great standing as a great Nation, as it once was. Bravo to you dear Wayne! I admire you greatly for writing this piece. This is very clear-cut and on point. Voted Way Up In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Mark E Smith 5 years ago from Blairsville, GA

      Great Hub, Wayne. Thanks!

      I read something today that goes to the heart of this Hub: "The truth is that government programs are NOT compassionate. Quite the opposite... government programs which redistribute wealth/income are, in fact, tyrannical. And let's face it: that's precisely what Social Security, Medicare, TANF, Medicare Part 'D,' and other welfare/'entitlement' programs are. These programs are unconstitutional, and no amount of spin-doctoring can change that fact. Even if they were what they claim to be, they would be unconstitutional, since Article One, Section Eight doesn't grant the authority to Congress to create such things. When a government takes from you (by force) and "redistributes" your hard-earned money to those who choose to not work for their own support, that is pure tyranny, and such is immoral, even evil.

      On the other hand, it IS compassionate for YOU, by your own FREE WILL & CHOICE, to willingly give support: directly, or through your church/charity, to those who actually NEED it. Whether it's a family going through rough times, or a true disability, when donations are VOLUNTARY, and without COMPULSION, that's COMPASSION. Compassion REQUIRES FREE AGENCY. Without that freedom to choose, so-called "compassion" is merely a euphemism for tyranny, and a tool of the adversary, the enemy of that is good and fair. When we are FORCED, whether it's at the point of a thug's gun on the street, or through a punitive tax code, backed up by local law enforcement (if you stop paying taxes, eventually men with guns will oblige you to leave your home so they can sell it to pay what the law, however immoral, insists that you owe, regardless of your constitutional rights), it's just plain tyranny, and that's just plain wrong. That's what we used to call SLAVERY." (Jared Law, "Compassion vs. Tyranny",, 09/26/2012)

      The communists use this ploy of "compassion" to forward their agenda of "wealth redistribution". Our Declaration of Independence states that "...all men are CREATED equal...". It also states that all men (American citizens) have the right to "Life, Liberty, and the PURSUIT of Happiness". The "pursuit of Happiness" does not mean "wealth redistribution". It means that all men (and women) start from the same point as everyone else, then make of life what they will. It does not mean, for example, that my neighbor down the street, who over his lifetime has amassed a fortune by his own hand legally, owes me, who never amassed any fortune, for whatever reason, any part or parcel of his wealth.

      The communists have taken the term "general Welfare" from the Preamble of our Constitution and turned it on it's head. That term is "general Welfare", not "wealth redistribution". "The terms "common Defense" and "general Welfare" encapsulated the fiduciary requirements that government spend for the benefit of the people as a whole, and not play favorites among them" ("The Original Constitution," R. G. Natelson, 2010). And that's exactly what "wealth redistribution" does: it plays favorites... against each other... depending on what "party" one subscribes to. And that is a road to coalitions within, splintering, dividing... and conquering.

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      Old Poolman 5 years ago

      It is interesting that those who scream the loudest about the rich not paying their fair share are often those who pay nothing. We all know that for years many special interest groups have been able to purchase a tax loophole that only works for them, yet saves them huge amounts of tax dollars.

      I would be for burning our current tax code that few if any really understand, and replacing it with a Flat Tax, Fair Tax, or better yet a National Sales Tax. With the National Sales Tax, everyone would pay their taxes when they spend a dollar. That would include drug dealers, prostitutes, and all cash rich business ventures. There would be no deductions for anything. Spend it and pay the tax. No forms to fill out, and no need to hire and pay an accounting firm to help you send hard earned dollars to the Government. Some have said that would turn every business into tax collectors. Duh, they already are in most states.

      Even if we were able to accomplish this change, the requests for deductions would start almost immediately. They would first want to eliminate food from taxation. Then would come the arguments about what is food, and what is unnecessary food stuff. That could become a huge nightmare for store clerks trying to sort it all out. Next would come deductions for mortgage payments, and on and on. Better to just cut it off with no deductions period.

      Of course with this plan there would no longer be a need for most of the IRS or firms that specialize in tax preparation. They would soon join the ranks of the unemployed and no President would want that to happen on his watch.

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      Charles James 5 years ago from Yorkshire, UK


      Thank you for explaining about the tax reduction in respect of capital gains. I see the logic in it.

      In the UK only realised capital gains are taxed, and there is an allowance of I think £30,000 a year for a couple who realise capital gains. So under £30,000 a year of realised capital gains is not taxed. Further gains are taxed at the couple's normal tax rate as if it were additional income over their earned or pension income.

      We have a graduated tax system where the first tranche of income is not taxed at all, and each tranche gets progressively higher. Our top rate is I think 50% but you have to be earning quite a lot of money before you pay that rate.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Charles James...I think that is a fitting thing for him to do....and do it aloud. In the USA, far too many of our elected officials have forgotten that the government works for the people...not vice versa. Thanks much! ~WB

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Charles James... Thanks much, Charles. I believe taxation is a necessity in a society to establish and sustain the infrastructure....much like the government...there must be some of it. One of the misnomers in America is that the rich pay less in taxes than others and Obama citing Warren Buffet's secretary paying more taxes than Buffet does is the poster child. The decieving aspect here is that in the case of the secretary, the emphasis is on "income tax" and it is being compared to Buffet's tax which is calculated on the basis of "capital gains" tax rates which is currently at a lower percentage that some elements of the payroll structure. That is done purposely in order to stimulate investment of money on which an income tax has already been paid. In decades past, that tax has been very hard in that sector and investment languished thus it hurt the economy in many ways. If Buffet does not take a "salary" then he pays no payroll taxes just as the little grandmother down the street on social security pays no taxes in most cases. At the same time, if that grandmother has $500, ooo to invest in the stock market in her possession on which she has already paid an income tax, then she is going to pay some form of tax on the interest earned by the money either as a simple tax or as a capital gain. By raising the capital gains taxes to an equivalent level or high relative to the payroll tax, we, in effect, tax the investor at a rate equivalent to double taxation on his money and we penalize the economy by reducing the amount of money in investment which may be supporting growth opportunities and jobs. I am all for having an equitable tax structure which assess a fair rate of tax across the board, we also have to look at the current situation and realize that the top 5% of wage earners in the USA already pay 57% of the tax maybe things are a bit too loose at the other end of the spectrum as well where nothing is paid. I am all for helping those who need help but that stops short of creative entitlement programs which shift capable people to a dependency mode before they even try. We have families in this country who were raised on entitlement and the children transitioned to it before they ever took at shot at self-reliance...that is not a healthy system and it breeds class division. As for workfare.....I see it as a more viable way to gain some return on the taxpayer investment than the welfare scenario. Those physically incapable or metally inadequate to work are outside that class. Even Bill Clinton was a proponent of that concept. There must be a way to keep people from "gaming" the public dole and that starts with the government. Those in Congress along with the president have arranged our tax codes to their benefit so it is fitting that the rest of the nation benefits as well. Workfare at least pushes the person out on the line and yields some positive results that benefit society along the way. I would venture to guess that any significant attempts to install it here in the USA would be met with an all out fight from the ACLU that would go all the way to the Supreme Court. Our situations here in the USA has gone way too far beyond simple entitlement and necessary welfare and has been a "gaming" mechanism for that sector willing to put more effort there than into work. I have stop there....otherwise, I might as well write another hub! LOL! Thanks again. ~ WB

      @drbj...We live in a world here in the USA which has too many folks who believe that there are free lunches on every cornner. Maybe there are for a while but eventually someone has to pickup the tab. We have been sold out by vote hungry politicians who cannot earn an office on their own merits. The American work ethic is in the crapper. Thanks much, Doc. ~WB

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      Charles James 5 years ago from Yorkshire, UK

      In the UK, on every day the House of Commons sits, the Chaplain to the House of Commons looks at the assembled Members of Parliament and then he prays for the country!

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      You are the voice of reason, Wayne, in a land where much of the population has succumbed to the 'gimme because I am entitled to it' mentality. God help America!

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      Charles James 5 years ago from Yorkshire, UK

      Wayne - this is good as far as it goes.

      My politics are considerably to the left of yours and indeed are Left of President Obama. I assume you agree there must be some form of taxation. Can it be right that the rich pay at a lower rate than the middling? How has that happened?

      What are your views on workfare?

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @WillStarr...That is exactly the equation, Will. We see it time and again yet folks looking for a ride buy into it with great zeal not realizing that they are mortgaging their soul in the process. Thanks much! ~WB

      @CMerritt...Those who are selling the snake-oil will always try to convince those who want to believe that countries like Greece did not have what it took to get to the utopian side...they started their "recovery" and their "reform" much too late. There is always an excuse why these philosphies have not worked yet the power hungry are always selling them. People need to wake up, this is not some new concept to be pioneered here in America. There is only one true way to gain a better living....earn it! Thanks much for the good words, Chris. ~WB

      @Davesworld...I heard one reference to a poll today that states that 78% of those on the left believes the government should be responsible for basic food and shelter for 100% of the population. Of course, none of them have done the math on what that might cost, it just seems like the right thing to do in their mind. While that has some level of nobility, creating dependence on outside sources in people who have no physical or mental shortcoming to work is a disservice, plain and simple. Thanks, Dave. ~WB

      @WillStarr....Same formula the white man used on the Indians....beads and whiskey for your land. Only it is not land this time, its freedom and liberty. Thanks, Will. ~WB

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      "Too many people have demanded too many things from a government all too willing to provide things in order to accumulate power."

      And Dave just nailed it!

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      Davesworld 5 years ago from Cottage Grove, MN 55016

      It is a law of governance that democracies have to spend themselves dizzy. Citizens of democracies can, after all, tell their government to give them things." - P. J. O'Rourke

      And that is the problem. Too many people have demanded too many things from a government all too willing to provide things in order to accumulate power.

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      How come, your hubs just make so much sense, and yet there are serveral out there who will disagree with this. That alone, is alarming.

      You summed it up quite well in your last paragraph...."Look at the results." Those results are coming in, and it is not good. Heck just as Will stated above, "look at Greece"....we must wake up!

      Wayne, please continue to tell it like it is........


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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Redistribution of wealth relies on the logical fallacy that those who did nothing to earn it have more right to your money than you do.

      Redistribution of wealth is a fancy way of saying that votes are being purchased using the tax-confiscated money of the unwilling hosts.

      Eventually, the parasites kill the host and the whole thing collapses. Just look at Greece.