The Gospel of Envy – will we make a different choice?

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery”
– Winston Churchill

I have written previously about friends and colleagues who have immigrated from elsewhere to live and work here in the United States, and who also have expressed concerns regarding the frightening direction the current administration is taking our country.

You don’t have to take my word for it anymore. Thomas Peterffy makes the statement in his own words. He came from Hungary, behind the iron curtain, in 1956 and started from scratch to make his own successful career.

Here is a person who has experienced life in a socialist society, had the opportunity to live his adult life in a free market democracy – the United States of America – and is now very concerned that we are heading back to the philosophy of failure and misery that marks socialism. Take the time to watch this and consider his words.

“Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
– Ronald Reagan

Sell Not Liberty – Finding the debt

Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues

Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues (Photo credit: Austin Moody)

When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.  Sell not liberty to purchase power.

–          Benjamin Franklin

Today, there is a $1 trillion gulf between spending on major entitlement programs and the money we devote to public investments.

To be clear, this means we spend more on entitlements than public investments.  Does that concern you?
Democrats Must Cut Entitlements

Indeed, federal welfare spending actually totals more than $14,848 for every poor man, woman and child in this country. For a typical poor family of three, that amounts to more than $44,500. Combined with state and local spending, government spends $20,610 for every poor person in America — or $61,830 per poor family of three.

By that measure we should have already eliminated poverty, yet…

Obama encouraging Americans to get on Welfare

More than 10.5 million people — about 5.3 percent of the population aged 25 and 64 — received disability checks in January from the federal government, the Post wrote, an 18 percent jump from before the recession.

…and the government is considering changing the definitions of disability so that even more people can file…

Millions file for disability when unemployment benefits run out

Additionally, the USDA reported this past summer Food Stamps usage hit a record high, and is up ~51% since 2008 – an expense of over $71 Billion dollars.

Total number of U.S. States where welfare pays more than an $8/hour job – 40.  Want to see some more startling statistics on the Welfare state?  Click here

Where does the money come from?  If you are wondering about the much ballyhooed 47%, take a look at the percentage of each income group that does NOT pay taxes.

US Households that Don’t Pay Income Tax

If Benjamin Franklin’s quote wasn’t enough for you, I will close with a quote from a famous Democrat.

 “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”

–          President John F. Kennedy