ONE OF THE BEST METAPHORS I HAVE CAN GIVE ... FUNNY TOO !! !!! Obama Freeloaders are like this penguin !!
ATTENTION...The Wagon-Pullers are Getting Tired ! Are you a Wagon Puller or an Obama Wagon Rider?
OR ARE YOU THE FAIR SHARE PENGUIN THIEF!!
Got an over-the-table job? Paying taxes? Paying for your own
health insurance? Well, you’re pulling the wagon. If you’ve been
pulling it very long, you’ve noticed that it’s getting heavier. That’s
because there are more people riding and fewer pulling. How long can
this go on? Not forever, that’s for sure and the load is about to get
even heavier – much heavier. How long before the wagon runs into the
ditch and everybody falls off?
Do you know people who
work, but make most of their money under the table? Who don’t pay
taxes? Don’t pay medical insurance? If you’re like most of us you don’t
just know them, you’re related to them. They’re everywhere. They ride
the wagon when they get sick or injured, but they don’t take their turn
pulling it. They walk alongside and snicker at the rest of us in the
But you get your medical insurance free because
your employer pays it, you say? There’s no such thing as free. For
those with, say, an Anthem family policy, it costs more than $50 a day
and it’s part of your compensation whether you know it or not. Your
employer knows it because he figures it into the cost of employing you.
He could give you the $50 and let you send the check to the insurance
company, but then the government would take some of it too and you’d
pay even more. Nothing is free. Somebody pays. The wagon-pullers pay.
many people do you know who have gone on disability? How many of them
are actually disabled and unable to work? How many have grossly
exaggerated their ailments to “qualify” with the help of lawyers from
Binder and Binder? I bet you’re related to some of them too. Most of us
“The trouble with socialism is that you eventually
run out of other people's money,” said former British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher. The wagon-pullers either quit or collapse in harness
and that’s happening already in the UK. It’s nearly bankrupt. With its
enormous social programs and surging illegal immigrant population, so
is California. The whole USA headed down the same road – and with
“bailouts” of a trillion here and a trillion there, we’re picking up
The $825 billion “economic stimulus” package is
being shaped by the Democrats in control of Congress and the White
House as I write. Obama’s chief economic advisor, Robert Reich,
testified before Congress, saying: “I am concerned, as I’m sure many of
you are, that these jobs not simply go to high-skilled people who are
already professionals, or to white male construction workers.”
only will we have increasingly socialist tax policies, money raised
will be spent according to race. I thought the Obama Administration was
going to be the first “post-racial” presidency. Did I miss something?
Reich went on to say: “Criteria can be set so that the money does go to
others – the long-term, unemployed minorities, women – people who are
not necessarily construction workers or high-skilled professionals.”
says he wants to build roads and bridges and other infrastructure with
all that money. He assures us that there are plenty of these projects
“shovel-ready” all around the country, just waiting for the funds to go
ahead. I can see myself now – being stopped by a chubby wagon-rider
with an orange vest, a walkie-talkie, and a STOP sign on a pole in
front of a government work crew standing around, leaning on those
shovels and smoking cigarettes.
Later, when I drive over
one of those “new-infrastructure” bridges, I’ll remember that there
weren’t any “highly-skilled, white professionals” involved in building
it and I’ll thank God if I make it to the other side.
Obama told Joe the Plumber he would “spread the wealth around” by
raising taxes on the “rich.” Trouble is, the “rich” are paying most of
the taxes already and, if you’ve worked all your life and you’re still
alive, you’re one of them. As a teacher with a wife and three kids 30
years ago, I was “poor” – officially under the federal poverty line. I’m
still a teacher, but with two additional part-time jobs, a working
wife and four grown-and-gone children – but now I’m “rich.” Rich and
poor are not static categories and my story is not unusual. The top
half of American earners pays 96% of federal income taxes. The bottom
half pays less than 4%. If you factor in the “earned income tax
credit,” most of that bottom half pay less than nothing; they get paid
instead. Yet Obama and Pelosi want to give them a rebate! On what? You
have to pay first to get money “back.” Let’s just call it what it is – a
massive redistribution of income from wagon pullers to wagon riders. Family
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email@example.comTwo Pictures that Perfectly Capture the Rise and Fall of the Welfare State
often warn that the welfare state reaches a point-of-no-return when
the number of people riding in the wagon begins to outnumber the number
of people pulling the wagon.
To be more specific, if more than 50
percent of the population is dependent on government (employed in the
bureaucracy, living off welfare, receiving pensions, etc), it becomes
rather difficult to form a coalition to fix the mess. This may explain
why Greek politicians have resisted significant reforms, even though the
nation faces a fiscal death spiral.
But you don’t need me to
explain this relationship. One of our Cato interns, Silvia Morandotti,
used her artistic skills to create two images (click pictures for
better resolution) that show what a welfare state looks like when it
first begins and what it eventually becomes.
These images are
remarkably accurate. The welfare state starts with small programs
targeted at a handful of genuinely needy people. But as politicians
figure out the electoral benefits of expanding programs and people
figure out the that they can let others work on their behalf, the ratio
of producers to consumers begins to worsen.
though the moochers and looters should realize that it is not in their
interest to over-burden the people pulling the wagon, the entire system
Then things get really interesting. Small nations
such as Greece can rely on permanent bailouts from bigger countries and
the IMF, but sooner or later, as larger nations begin to go bankrupt,
that approach won’t be feasible.