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A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
The left tried to make income inequality a major topic for discussion throughout America last year but failed. So, they’ve gussied-up their message, repackaged it, and they’re set to re-launch it again in 2014.
This year, however, the democrat’s message concerning income inequality is more important than ever. See, they are counting on their beating the drum for a guaranteed income for every American to turn on the hordes of low info voters, and enough of those on the dole (wards of the state) to trudge to the polls and save the US Senate for the democrats.
Here’s the thing: If the democrats can hold off the republicans enough that they can get their base to help them save five of the seats up in November, they will retain control of the Senate and, saints preserve us, we will remain in the same deadlock in Congress we are suffering through today with a republican House and a democratic Senate.
Getting a piece of legislation guaranteeing a “BIG” is not important … at all. (More on “BIG” a little farther down in this piece.) It’s all the sound ad fury that will accompany the debate. You can rest assured the democrats will paint the Republicans as heartless with no concern for the middle class and the poor. If the democrats can manage to have their message reverberate within the low info voter community they may be able to leech enough votes from that quarter to save Democrat Party control of the US Senate. That’s the goal.
So, what IS income inequality, anyway? I mean, other than a tool the Marxists, Communists, and Socialists use to beat a capitalist nation severely about the head and shoulders until it crumbles and they move in and completely destroy whatever is left of that country.
You would do well to pay particular attention to the source of the plaintive calls for income equality. You will find it originates from the ranks of the so-called “Progressives.”
Remember: Progressive is only the latest nomenclature for “Communist,” “Socialist,” and “Marxist.” The are all one and the same: “fellow travelers.” The title “Progressive” is only a cover name for “Communist,” Socialist,” and Marxist.”
Over the next eleven months, or so, the ”marxocrats” are going to be pounding the drum for redistribution of the nation’s wealth. Their hearts are going to publicly bleed, all over the nation’s press, as they opine as to how they care for the poor downtrodden American with less income than the CEO of a corporation, etc. It’s not fair, they will cry.
It’s true. It’s not fair. But then, neither is life.
In a capitalist system, one’s income depends on many, many things. First and foremost, however, a nations economy MUST be sound and flourishing so those who want a job can get a job.
For a moment let’s get real, shall we?
A kid flipping burgers is not going to bring home what the CEO of the Widget Corporation does. Nor should he. THAT’S income inequality.
While we’re at it, lets clear away some of the smoke and mirrors the Progressive/Commies will be using over the next few months.
“Income inequality” is the cover name for “guaranteed minimum income.” What we are talking about here is “a government-ensured guarantee that all citizens unconditionally receive an income sufficient to meet their basic needs.” – SOURCE:http://www.usbig.net/index.php
Over the next few months you will hear the word “BIG” bandied about quite a lot. BIG is an acronym. It stands for: “Basic Income Guarantee” and that is what the democrats will be pushing for between now and the election in November.
Here’s a bit more on BIG: ”The basic income guarantee (BIG) is a government insured guarantee that no citizen’s income will fall below some minimal level for any reason. All citizens would receive a BIG without means test or work requirement. BIG is an efficient and effective solution to poverty that preserves individual autonomy and work incentives while simplifying government social policy. Some researchers estimate that a small BIG, sufficient to cut the poverty rate in half could be financed without an increase in taxes by redirecting funds from spending programs and tax deductions aimed at maintaining incomes.” – SOURCE: http://www.usbig.net/index.php
You DID notice the sentence: ”All citizens would receive a BIG without means test or work requirement.” didn’t you?
Again, it all boils down to redistribution of the nations wealth, which means — YOUR wealth — taken from you and given to someone who did not earn it and does not deserve it.
Look. America has changed. In my opinion, there will never again be high employment in the country — at least not for a few generations.
Manufacturing jobs have disappeared because manufacturing plants have either gone out of business or moved out of the US to other countries more hospitable to business. They’re gone, and won’t be coming back. Their former employees are without jobs and are not likely to find anything they are qualified for simply because those jobs no longer exist… period.
Currently there is a drive on to increase the national minimum wage. That’s another job killer. At some point — and we are very near it right now –employers are going to begin replacing men and women employees with machines. Technology is at such a level now that a hamburger joint could have most of their staff replaced by computerized machines. This is no longer “new” technology.
Some of us remember Automats, which were fast food restaurants where simple foods and drinks are served by coin-operated and bill-operated vending machines. They’ve been around for decades. Just think of what we could do with today’s technology. We won’t have to wonder long, for if the minimum wage goes up too much, a businessman who wants to remain a businessman, will not hesitate to replace his human employees with computers. That will, of course, mean MORE unemployed Americans out on the streets.
The answer to income inequality the Progressives/Communists are going to tell us is a BIG, the basic income guarantee.
Where, pray tell, will the government get the money to hand out each month? From the rich? Not for long. The rich will simply flee. They will take their money, and their businesses (which generate jobs), and leave the country.
In fairly short order the entire nation would resemble the derelict city of Detroit. Soon our entire society would find itself in a deplorable condition.
Democrats know they can depend on the support of those whose family traditions include living off government largesse for generations. And the democrats can always rely on the Mainstream Media to promote their loving care for the poor and downtrodden while running interference, the whole of 2014, for Obama and the democrats and, lest we forget, for Obamacare.
So, get ready, it’s going to be brutal between now and November. The dems have their backs against the wall and they will be flailing in all directions.
The dems will be intent upon making the GOP look as bad as they possibly can between now and November. Since they own the bully pulpit and the press in America they WILL be successful to some degree.
Conservatives should dig in and hold fast so that in November we may truthfully say with Saint Paul of old: ”I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith … “ ( 2 Timothy 4:7). We must remember this admonition, too, from St. Paul: ”… Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
J. D. Longstreet
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