How Much Do You Think I Deserve To Keep?
September 19, 2011 by Bob Livingston
One of the best questions ever asked in a political debate was posed by a young man at last week’s GOP debate in Tampa, Fla.
He asked, “Out of every dollar that I earn, how much of that do you think I deserve to keep?” Moderator Wolf Blitzer directed the question to former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, who said: “…for you we leave it at 8 percent, 14 percent, 24 percent.” Then Blitzer moved the discussion to corporate tax breaks.
The original question wasn’t posed to any of the other candidates. Why? And why did they not come back to answer the question later?
Because the questioner touched on a subject sensitive to the elites. They think the money we earn is theirs and we should keep only what they, in their infinite mercy, allow us to have.
Under the Law of Moses, 10 percent was enough for the Creator. Under the law of the political elites, it is 30 percent, 40 percent, 50 percent and more if they decide they want it.
The American people have been sold a bill of goods. They have been conditioned to believe that government is necessary to thwart all the evils in society. Those evils must be confronted by a myriad of alphabet soup agencies like the EPA, FDA, USDA, OSHA, NLRB, HHS, HUD, DOE (both energy and education), and on and on, ad infinitum.
To fund those agencies that keep us safe, Americans are told, more of their hard-earned wealth is required of them. Thus, the leviathan grows. The people grumble, but their grumbling is squelched by the elites and the majority who remind them the government is only acting in their best interests.
Any talk of possibly scaling back the growth of those agencies is quickly suppressed. If the budgets of those agencies are touched, we are told, pollution will flow uncontrollably from industry, the water will be poisoned, our food will kill us, terrorists will run amok in our streets and the greedy capitalists will abuse us. No rational discussion of alternatives is possible because people automatically default to government.
A very recent example of this tactic comes from Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill). She said:
I’ll put it this way. You don’t deserve to keep all of it and it’s not a question of deserving because what government is, is those things that we decide to do together. And there are many things that we decide to do together like have our national security. Like have police and fire. What about the people that work at the National Institute of Health who are looking for a cure for cancer.
This is the standard fallback. Thus, those agencies grow into monstrous bureaucracies that oppress Americans under the guise of keeping them safe. Those bureaucracies consume everything in their paths: innovation, spirit, can-do attitudes, the family structure, societal mores and capital.
Taxes, the elites say, are necessary to fund the government. That is Orwellian doublespeak. Taxes are used by the elites to control our consumption and redistribute the volume of money. The Federal Reserve floods the market with electronic blips and green strips of paper it calls “dollars.” We use those dollars to buy things we need. The price of those things goes up as more and more money is dumped into the system. (Actually, prices don’t go up. The reality is that those dollars are each worth less as more and more are introduced into circulation, so more and more dollars are required to buy the same goods.)
President James A. Garfield said, “Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce.” The elites understand this. The American people do not.
In a speech before the American Bar Association in 1946, then-Federal Reserve Chairman Beardsley Ruml said, “The necessity for a government to tax in order to maintain both its independence and solvency is true for State and local governments, but it is not true for a national government.”
How can this be?
It’s simple logic — so simple that most can’t fathom it. The Federal government can and does print money to infinity. Therefore, the idea that the Federal government needs your tax dollars to operate is a fallacy, a lie.
Ask yourself this question: If I can print all the money I want to use as I want, will I have debt or ever face default? The answer is obvious.
Now, President Barack Obama is proposing a “new” plan. In reality it is an old plan, one that has failed before if success is measured in a way that helps the people. He intends to transfer more wealth from the middle class to his elite partners in crime. This is theft from the American people to those who have bought themselves a seat at the elite table.
It involves squeezing more money out those who work. The plan will be “paid for,” Obama promises. How? By raising taxes and closing loopholes, while all along taxes are already going up to “pay for” Obamacare and the value of our “dollars” is going down because of QE1 and QE2 and TARP and stimulus and bailouts.
According to the Bible, after the death of King Solomon, “… Jeroboam and all the assembly of Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam, saying, ‘Your father made our yoke hard; now therefore lighten the hard service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you.’”
But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the elders to lighten the yoke of the people and win them over. Instead, he listened to the advice of the young men who said, “But you shall speak to them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s loins! Whereas my father loaded you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.’” (1 Kings 12)
The majority of the people abandoned Rehoboam, and Israel was split in two.
Former President George W. Bush put a heavy yoke on the people. Obama has added to the yoke. The result is a record number of poor people: 46 million Americans are now considered poor, 22 percent of all American children are living in poverty, unemployment is at 9.1 percent.
The people are rejecting Obama. His disapproval ratings are historic. In New York, a little-known and underfunded Republican beat a Democrat for a House seat held by Democrats for almost 100 years. It has nothing to do with Obama, his minions say. Move along. Nothing to see here. Doublespeak.
But take care before crowing and supporting the Republican elite. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing. Though not as brazen as Schakowsky, they believe as she does. That is why you are not hearing any of the GOP candidates talk about cutting the size of government. None, that is, save one. And it’s not Governor Rick Perry, former Governors Mitt Romney or Jon Huntsman. It’s not Representative Michele Bachmann, who wants to eliminate whole unConstitutional government agencies. Nor is it former Speaker Newt Gingrich or former Senator Rick Santorum. It isn’t even Herman Cain. They believe that what you earn is theirs, except what they decree you should have.
Listen carefully to their words. Do you hear them speak about anything beyond a “Washington cut,” which doesn’t really mean cut?
Contrary to what everyone thinks, printing more and more paper money does not create abundance. It creates more scarcity. Everybody has less and less. Greed is the endgame of a paper-money system, and it brings with it a moral breakdown with the collapse of the rule of law.
In short, paper-money debasement destroys the soul of society. But the longer the elites can keep this a secret, the longer they can maintain their hold on power.