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Equality of Outcome

Updated on February 11, 2016
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When he's not writing poetry or political articles, Ralph fills his time by researching various topics that are influencing society today.

Bernie Sanders - Mr. Equality Himself
Bernie Sanders - Mr. Equality Himself

When you hear a Liberal politician start speaking about equality, please take time to listen to what they have to say as it will give you an understanding of reading between the lines. The Declaration of Independence states that “all men are created equal,” so why the need to continue discussing equality hundreds of years later? It’s because, in fact all men and women are not created equal. Some are smarter, more athletically gifted, stronger, craftier, or a multitude of other inherent talents that make that man or woman different from the mainstream population. Still, that kind of equality doesn’t really matter to Liberals; they are focused on several key areas that in their opinion need equalizing. And when they start talking about it, the earlier statement about reading between the lines becomes important.

All those Equalities

Liberals are saying they want equality of income and wealth, but what they really mean is they want to redistribute the existing pool of wealth across society. This will be done by taking wealth from those who earn it, through heavy taxation, and giving it to those who they feel are in need of it through various social programs. They also speak about making sure everyone is paid an equal wage and of course raising the minimum wage so that everyone can earn more. Along with the false promise of jobs through massive government public works programs, free education, and universal health care, the liberals believe that they will be on the way to reaching the Utopian equality they so love discussing.

Another liberal talking point is marriage equality. No matter that marriage has always been between one man and one woman across the globe, across civilizations, and across history. The liberals want to make sure that anyone can marry, regardless of what sex they are, or what so-called gender role they wish to place themselves in. Right or wrong, it’s just another log to add to their equality bonfire. They really don’t care if two ladies want to be married, they just care that those two ladies are Democrats and are voting for them.

Also there is the complicated bundle of things we can call, structural equality and it’s the “big spend” when it comes to your tax dollars. Equal housing, equal access to social security, equal access to education (meaning free,) equal access to healthcare (meaning government controlled single-payer,) and on and on. Structural equality to the liberal is the Holy Grail of society; millions of Democratic voters all getting their needs taken care of by the government, who could at any moment change those benefits unless they keep voting in who they’re told to vote for.

Of course, there is racial equality to discuss for a complete understanding of the liberal mindset. Regardless of the behaviors of any minority, they are to be given a pass, because of their skin color (government sanctioned discrimination.) There are disproportionate numbers of blacks and Hispanics in prison, therefore we need to “equalize” them by letting some go and not prosecuting others, regardless if they deserve to be there or not. Because minorities are more likely to end up in jail, we need to change our criminal justice system – meaning a total overhaul, with of course liberal guidelines. We must also rewrite factual history to make it more black, gay, female, and socially relevant so everyone studying it feels good. Learning isn’t necessary; it’s all about feeling good to the liberal.

Also, our immigration laws are not right in the eyes of the liberal. Why shouldn’t foreign born people be able to just freely cross the United States borders at will? And why should they be denied all the rights an American citizen has, just for making the trip? In fact, the liberals believe that they should get favorable treatment, even if they did not contribute a single cent to our tax base, and even if they take their earnings and wire them to other nations instead of spending them on American goods and services, and while we’re at it, let’s just go ahead and make those lawbreakers full-fledged citizens and save ourselves the trouble of arresting them.

Reading Between the Lines

Liberals do not want equality. They want equality of outcome or equality of results. Equal opportunity won’t get it done for liberals as that concept requires hard work, sometimes luck, and a lifelong commitment to reach a high success level. Equality of outcome basically means everyone lives in a similar state of being across all spectrums; economically, housing, employment, family status, and every other thing they can identify as important, even mundane things like Wi-Fi and cellular phone access. Equality of outcome is purely a political concept and although closely mirrors Socialism, doesn’t actually achieve it. It’s based on a moral notion that everyone “should” be equal as it’s for the common good. The fact that a Liberal policy would be based on anything even closely tied to the word moral is humorous, but I digress.

Destined to Fail

The major problems with the concept, other than it being virtually impossible to achieve, are that it’s be design destructive to a society. With the opportunity to gain more material wealth or social prestige comes the desire by some to work harder as basic human nature compels some to rise to the top while others are destined to lazily stand by and drop to the bottom. Overall life expectancy drops when the only goal to life is to live in a state of averageness. The liberals seem to always miss the forest for the trees. When they try to create a social utopia, they spend all of their efforts focused on the underprivileged or lower classes of people, totally overlooking the rest of society. A “perfect” world has to be perfect for everyone; it’s not just a tool to bring up the poor to make them middle class. This fictional equality would degrade medical care, manufacturing, education, and stamp out the arts completely. The world would become dull and grey, moving at a sludge-like pace, with each person basically a walking corpse until they uneventfully collapsed and died.

And if the narrative I’ve just laid out isn’t enough convincing, then give this notion a thought. When we measure anything, there is always a high, a low, and a middle ranking. Society is made up of upper, lower, and middle class. Poverty is measured using a mathematical scale with above, below, or at the poverty level. School grades are above average, average, and below average. The point is that if by some herculean effort, you bring hundreds of thousands of people above the poverty line, and you’re really doing nothing but adjusting the poverty line to a new, albeit higher, mark. There will still be people below it and still people above it. If everyone studies harder and gets better grade, there will still be some students in the upper half of the class and some in the lower. It’s impossible to change the laws of math just because you want to. So, the next time you hear a Liberal or Progressive speak about equality, remember this lesson on reading between the lines and clarity of thinking will get you past their speech.

Summary

This will certainly make some people ready to fly off the handle and call me everything you're mother warned you against saying. Others will agree wholeheartedly. Love to hear your comments, just do try to hijack my thread for your own sounding board.


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    Old Poolman 

    2 years ago

    Totally agree Credence2.

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    Credence2 

    2 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

    Right, OP, For those that are involved in this scam against the taxpayer it is just another example of waste, fraud and abuse. How many billions are falling through the coffers over things like this. It is not even legal social welfare, but I can get after corporations and the affluent that hide millions from the taxman through offshore banking institutions. There is room for blame and improvement from all angles.

    If the politicians really wanted to do something, they can each put aside their perspective sacred cows and clean up the abuse that we all can agree upon and that is before our very eyes.

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    Old Poolman 

    2 years ago

    The worst I believe are the earned income credits. From what I read even some in this country illegally get returns over 2K by claiming children that don't even live with them. Seldom do they ever check this type return so it is hard to control.

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    Credence2 

    2 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

    OP, did not mean to leave you with the impression that Social Security and the "dole" was one in the same. But when I listen to Ryan and all the conservatives talk about privatizing and changing the intial contract represented by social security, it seems as if SS and the 'dole' were both budget anomalies subject to cuts.

    I speak of a conservative movement that in modern times resist when possible and tolerate when necessary all post New Deal Social legislation enacted since FDR, LBJ, and yes, Barack Obama, as well.

    I have forgotten, but I need to research what portion of the federal budget actually go to those who have not earned the benefits, like welfare...

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Wrench, thanks for adding to the discussion. I can certainly appreciate your take on the matter and I'll give it further thought. Enjoy the rest of your day.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Credence, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I appreciate your offing them in an intelligent way - your obviously quite educated and understand the changes Amercia has seen throughout its history. I see many faults with our nation but do not believe Sanders answers will correct them. I would much rather see a system that was designed to lift people up and out of poverty rather than keep them there perpetually. Minimum wage is entry level I see its value, but not when it becomes someone's idea of a living wage, it's economically unfisable.

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    Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 

    2 years ago

    RJS,

    Errico Malatesta, Emma Goldman, Henry David Thoreau, and a host of other forward thinking people have written volumes concerning the state of mankind and what must be done. You would do well to study any one of these. After reading this, and then contemplating other articles you have written, I suffered a most interesting epiphany. I now realize that Bull Connor and Pollyanna had quite a lot in common. I have never seen the correlation between the two prior to reading this article, and so I must thank you for that.

    Overall, you paint a picture of a world that would be nearly perfect if only the lazy people would stop being so lazy, and the stupid people would stop breeding like rabbits. You have created a great fiction, and there is much to address. But for now I will focus on the fundamental flaw in your reasoning. And it delivers us to a great irony. You see, the system is working just like it's supposed to. For nearly 250 years the "Land of the Free" has been a land with a few "have's" and a whole lot of "have not's". A Ponzi Scheme can't work if everybody is standing on the top. And when we look at the actual structure of a pyramid, we can clearly see that the base is necessarily much broader than the pinnacle. The so-called Liberal Party is actually the same as the Right, and what we have here is simply a different face for each side of the same coin. Both the liberals and the conservatives support the pyramid, thus, as long as the current system remains, there will always be an underclass to keep the foundation in tact.

    No one is going to create jobs for all who want to work, and neither is anyone going to redistribute any wealth short of a bloody revolution. Your take on the whole situation is ironic because you are looking to fix something that isn't broke. The ruling elite are right where they want to be, which is right at the top of the pyramid. Imagine a man diagnosed with a treatable cancer. But instead of the man seeking to eradicate the disease before it consumes him, he seeks to find a way to live with the cancer; to keep the cancer inside of him, and then somehow turn the disease into a positive force. Thus I have revealed the absurdity of your perspective.

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    Old Poolman 

    2 years ago

    Credence2 - I see a vast difference between Social Security and the dole.

    Most people who are collecting Social Security paid into the system for their entire working lives, and their employers matched their contribution dollar for dollar. Now they are just collecting some of the money they paid into the very flawed system.

    The dole on the other hand is often given to people who just refuse to work. Not that every recipient falls into that category but many do.

    As you and I have discussed before, I would much rather see a federal job training program working in conjunction with employers who would teach them needed job skills. What if the employee took an entry level job at say $8.00 per hour and signed up for skills training. At that time the employee would receive an additional $4.00 per hour paid by the government in lieu of food stamps. As the employee progressed through the training they would receive regular raises from the employer.

    Those numbers are just random but should give you an idea of what I am thinking. The end result would be skilled employees for the employer and an employee with job skills that will serve them well for the rest of their working lives. This would be a win/win for the employers and the employees.

    Much of our current entitlement systems make people dependent on the system and punishes them if they try to rise to a higher level. Punishes as in taking all or part of the entitlements they are receiving. Entitlements should be structured to give people a leg up to a better life, not a permanent way of life.

    I really believe it would not be that difficult to come up with a plan such as this that would make this a better country for us all.

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    Jack Lee 

    2 years ago from Yorktown NY

    I wrote a hub mainly targeting millennials but it appears others could benefit as well - https://hubpages.com/politics/Socialism-Defined-fo...

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    Credence2 

    2 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

    There is a lot to take in regarding this article. I can't speak for Sanders and the reality of all of his proposals, only that he is not distinctly going backward and his paths are more comforting to me than that of any of the other candidates. Yes, I am liberal and progressive and want and demand equal opportunity but not equal outcomes. Conservatives, seems to me, want to deny the former by confusing it with the latter.

    All men are created equal according to the Declaration of Independence, but in reality we know that people have differing abilities and talents where it is natural and expected that some may well excel over others.

    But as far as the law is concerned, all men are created equal. There are no primadonnas, privileged people based on birth and lineage. No preference nor privileges given or support in the law and custom for an American version of "untouchables", an eternal underclass of people. How many decades had to pass just so we could acknowledge equal rights for those that were not WASPs? For 90 years after these "Founding Fathers" put that to paper, slavery was acceptable. How does that figure in to equal opportunity verses equal outcomes? Then, you had a 'Jim Crow' system that was in place for another century after the Civil War. Seems like the struggle was just for equal opportunity, in defiance of 'structural inequality'. With the modest demands of the Civil Rights Movement, no one was talking about 'equal outcomes'. With the exception of only the last 2 generations, what opportunities were AA given to 'earn it'?

    Discriminatory lending, redlining, you name it and the Political right has promoted it and looked the other way. But, now it want to make it appear that we standing about with our 'hands out'. There is more police harassment in Black communities, unequal treatment in the criminal justice system that I can document. So lets sort out the difference between a 'system' that has it out for you verses the outcome of legitimately higher crime rates among black men. That area is what is of interest to me.

    So am I to presume you are against the idea of minimum wage, social security, medicare. You touch the eye of God, for conservatives are not going give up their social security benefits, and all the Government largesse that benefit them, while they complain that everyone that is not them is undeserving and is on the dole. I have seen that movie, too. How far do we need to go back RJ, 19th century tenement houses and squalor? Even Teddy Roosevelt recognized the need to protect labor from the caprice of the capitalist class, when he proposed a minimum wage in a paper, almost a quarter century before it happened.

    In principle, not in a utopia, people should have the ability to rise to whatever level their talent and hard work will take them. I don't want that short circuited by 'structural inequality'.

    There is always more to say, just a few thoughts. Thanks for your attention.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    And you nailed it again Old Poolman - that's why they talk about deficit and other false comparisons so much - America gets easily fooled when they say hey came in under budget, despite the fact that the budget was bloated in the first place. I'd like to hear more about Debt reduction plans, but they never surface. You need to look back more than 70 years to find President that actually reduced debt was Calvin Coolidge (R). Every other Presiednt since has added to the debt, with Obama being the worst. Real number scare these guys, that's why they make up other metrics to get their sheeple in line.

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    Old Poolman 

    2 years ago

    The biggest problem I see is that most liberals don't think even the National Debt is real. Their claim is that we can just print more money anytime we want to.

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    Brian Sluga 

    2 years ago from EADO East downtown Houston

    Well RJ very insightful and real thoughts put into this article. As I also believe liberals do not want equality they want something for nothing. The result is a socialistic society in which liberals like giving away the farm. When the day comes to pay the bill who will pay? They like giving a trophy to all contestants in a contest. The real truth is education ends poverty and helps crush socialist’s existence. Long live capitalism and the American dream. BTW I just published political hub you may like. All the best. Brian

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Ha ha - I stand corrected (don't) was my intention

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    RJ...( I think your last sentence was meant to read, "DON'T try to hijack my thread?")

    Well, I have no desire nor reason to call you names and I'll have to say that I surely UNDERSTAND all you've presented. I've not ever labeled myself "liberal" nor "conservative," and I don't arbitrarily label others.

    I like to accept that people are....well, people. Frankly, I'll never understand how it is even possible to be "one-sided" in terms of our political opinions!! ( or much else in life)

    This being said, you make perfect sense and for the most part, RJ I fully support your take on this "Socialist" attitude. There's "created equal" with certain inalienable ......(D of I) and then there's "equal." in it's broader sense, relating to us all as unique individuals.

    Again, I go back to finding it NOT feasible to be ALL or nothing....like utterly ONE-SIDED beliefs/opinions. Must this be? IMHO, this is where I see so much of the problem....the issues that clearly cause so much divisiveness. What ever happened to middle ground~~compromise? I like to think I make some sense too. Thanks. Have a great week-end. Paula

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    Doris James-MizBejabbers 

    2 years ago

    There is an illusion among the non-liberals that the wealthy actually work hard to "earn" their money. Maybe the redistribution, as you call it, is fairly taking back some of this money they've earned by hook or crook and giving it to those from whom they've stolen, the middle class and the working class poor. I agree that the able bodied who don't work (by choice, not by job loss) should not reap the rewards.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Poolman - you nailed it - it's "no fair" that someone should be born more capable in the workforce in a Liberals POV but athletics are OK - the old double standard

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Word - I appreciate your professionalism

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    Jack Lee 

    2 years ago from Yorktown NY

    Equality of opportunity is guaranteed by our Constitution but not equality of outcome. That is key to understand socialism and why it will always fail where ever they are tried. Good hub.

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    Old Poolman 

    2 years ago

    RJ - I once wrote a hub where I stated the absolutely fairest way to pay workers is piece work. The more they produce the more they get paid. It just doesn't get any simpler than that.

    But this statement met with a huge amount of hate speech from those who did not agree. In their minds piece work is totally unfair because not all people are equally talented or capable.

    I then repeated the often used phrase used when I was working as a lineman building cross country telephone lines. That phrase was called the two can't rule. "If you can't do the job you can't work here".

    Many commented they found this grossly unfair because again not all people have equal talent or ability.

    I would guess that many labor unions are proof that talent, ability, and work ethic just don't matter anymore.

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    Word 

    2 years ago from Chicago

    Very interesting hub Ralph. I'm not mad at cha...

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