Maybe you listened to the Orange Man’s speech at CPAC the other day. I stopped listening after about ten minutes, which is about how long it took for the man to defend Social Security – and promise to keep it going.
“We’re not going back to people that want to destroy our great Social Security system,” intoned the Duce, reincarnated.
Could there be a sadder barometer of just how far to the Left what’s left of the Right has travelled?
Social Security is the Left’s greatest single legislative achievement – next to the income tax and the “Federal” (sic) Reserve system, which gave control of the nation’s money supply to the bankers who have used both the Left and the Right to further their schemes since at least the time of Andrew Jackson and probably a lot longer.
SS established in law the principle of the Left that we are literally – legally – our brother’s keeper. Or rather, that our brothers – so to speak – keep us. Chained. Us to them and them to us, forever. By dint of existing, everyone is entitled – precisely the right word – to a monthly government check in their retirement. And everyone is obliged to “contribute” to funding this. Not their own retirement; that is something people did (some still manage to) before there was Social Security when being responsible and prudent with one’s money was expected and encouraged – and being responsible for not being prudent and being irresponsible with one’s money had consequences. You are thus obliged to hand over 15 percent of every dollar you earn to finance the retirement benefits of people you never even met, who are retired right now – and then receive alms in your turn, financed by the “contributions” of those you never met who are working after you’ve stopped – and begin collecting.
With government acting as the middleman – and controlling everyone’s retirement thereby.
You may think this is right – and that can be discussed. But what’s not debatable is that the Right once thought it wasn’t – and fought it. Rejected the idea that someone else’s bad luck or irresponsibility justified placing a lien on other people who had nothing to do with the line-holder’s bad luck or irresponsibility.
This prompted accusations – from the Left – of callousness toward others. But the Right once understood – and articulated – the worse callousness of imposing obligations enforceable at gunpoint (you can be jailed – led there by armed men who will use force if you resist – for not “contributing” to Social Security) on people whose only “crime” is wanting to be let alone and to be responsible for themselves and those whom they freely agreed to be responsible for or have a responsibility for, such as their dependent children.
It was once recognized that the surest and fastest route to arousing contempt for people is to give them power over other people, especially over their money.
Contributing charitably is among the most decent of human instincts perverted by Leftists, who make what was once done freely something done begrudgingly – under duress – and sans any way for the contributor to cut off deadbeats and cheats. Helping the neighbor get through a tough patch is well and good; it makes one feel good. Being forced to fund his profligacy and laziness while you work is effronterous.
It’s also worse because once this concept is instilled and its acceptance widespread, there is no longer a bulwark against more of a piece. And so it became. Because the precedent was set for funding retirement by filching the pockets of others, a similar entitlement – to health care – became the law of the land, eliminating any incentive for people to be careful with their health since someone else is responsible for “covering” the cost. It also eliminated most of the formerly powerful free market forces that kept health care costs down and quality up. But most of all, it eliminated forever the freedom to decide for oneself how much – if any – “coverage” one wished to buy.
How long will it be before housing and food become entitlements, too? The Left has already succeeded in persuading most of the young that they have an entitlement to a college education, to be funded by other people. Just the same – in principle – as being obliged to fund “the schools” via the endless rent you are compelled to pay on your home, just the same as the “contributions” you are forced to make to SS.
There is literally no end to this – when everyone (just about) “amens” this. But does anyone bother to ask what the point is of having a Right that agrees with the Left? Would it not be more coherent – to say nothing of more honest – to just openly advocate for socialism and stop pretending the Right has any fundamental disagreement with the Left that goes beyond my sheep has a red ribbon and the other sheep’s ribbon is blue?
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