Chuck on the right side
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To listen to the Democrats (or is it now Progressives), you'd think that money grows on trees. Free this, free that, and you have the platform of the Democrats/Socialists. Money is no object to them if it means generating votes. It's “deja vu” Robin Hood all over again.
Look around you, two of our most populous states (California and New York) are losing population, mainly among the taxpaying upper and middle-class, and are absorbing poor, uneducated, non-taxpaying people to replace them (including illegal aliens). Notwithstanding their economic woes, these states and cities are proposing free healthcare for all (including to illegal aliens), free college tuition, and a mandated $15 minimum wage. When asked how they will pay for it, they say it is not a problem, and that the “rich” will pay for it. It seems that the new Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, the Mayor of New York City, Bill DeBlasio, and the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, have taken the mantle of Robin Hood and have
taken it to the extreme.
With the less than adequate results from the ill-conceived Obamacare, these three “illiberal” advocates, by offering freebies to the masses, are running their states into bankruptcy, and are emerging as the face of the modern Democrat Party. Most all of the states and cities who are financial “basket cases” are run by the Democrats. Runaway public worker pensions, granted as political payback to the unions, have most of these governors and mayors scrambling to generate revenue to meet these outrageous agreements that they had given to their public employees. When many state and city retirees make upper six-figure pensions, you know that bankruptcy is in the future of these states and cities, yet the voters continue to elect the same people who have gotten them into this mess. As H.L. Menken once said, “Never underestimate the intelligence of the American people”. Touche.
The answer by some of the newly elected politicians, representing the far-left, is to propose raising the taxes on the “rich” (the very entrepreneurs and business men/women who supply the jobs). Little do they realize that by over taxing the rich, they still will not be able to meet their financial obligations. Then, as it has happened in the past, those feckless politicians will have to after the middle-income people and tax them to get the funds for their retirees and the overly generous welfare programs they have instituted. It is in the middle-class where the money is, not in the over-taxed wealthy class (the top 10% of all taxpayers pay 70% of the income taxes now). When this happens, as in New York and California, the taxpaying citizens vote with their feet and move to tax-friendlier states and cities, and who fills their places in those states and cities, poor and non-taxpaying citizens and illegal aliens. That's why two of the no income tax states of Florida and Texas are booming (by the way both states are run by
The prevalence of people praising the economic tenets of socialism, which is promoted in our schools and colleges (and by socialists Sen. Bernie Sanders and that airhead , Rep.Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez), are aiding in this problem by filling the heads of these young people with erroneous economic information. These feckless politicians, who only want power and will do anything to get elected or re-elected, will promise the naive ill-informed voters, freebies from the public treasury so they will be able to “suckle on the teat of Uncle Sam” in exchange for their vote. The old expression that “there's no such thing as a free lunch” certainly applies here.
Robin Hood was a mythical character from the past, who took from the rich to give to the poor, let's hope, that mindset, doesn't become the way of the future in the U.S.A. We don't want to become the next Venezuela or Cuba.
Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann