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Jewish World Review August 15, 2005 / 10 Av,
Working for a living
Class warfare and victimology have been around a long time, and
no one is better at using these political techniques than Sen. Edward
Kennedy of Massachusetts. The senator leads the league in "tax cuts for
rich" references, and is now taking to the streets because Treasury
Secretary John Snow admits that the American economy does not benefit
less-educated Americans as much as those with a solid education.
Is that a bulletin? No economy will benefit people who are ill
educated unless it's run by Fidel Castro.
Kennedy immediately seized on Snow's comment to say this: "The
Bush economy does not work for everyone particularly the millions of
Americans who work hard every day at low wages ... it won't be 'mission
accomplished' on the economy until average Americans are secure in their
jobs and can provide for their families."
So the senator wants to raise the minimum wage (OK with me) and
further tax the rich folk so the poor folk can have more government
entitlements. The same old song.
The truth is that the U.S. economy should be moribund like
economies of France and Germany. After 9/11, American commerce took a
tremendous hit but bounced back fast because of across-the-board tax cuts.
When Americans have money to spend, everybody wins because jobs are created
by that spending.
But politicians like Kennedy want the government to dole out the
money to people who "should get it." They believe in income
redistribution the taking of one person's assets and transferring it to
another person. Benjamin Franklin would be horrified. There is nothing in
'Poor Richard's Almanac" about that.
The federal government is spending record amounts of money on
public education even as local property taxes continue to rise almost
everywhere. But no matter how much is spent on the schools, some kids will
not respond in the classroom. Take it from this former teacher. Those
slacker children must be identified and put on another track they must be
taught a skill so they can make a decent living in a competitive society.
Sen. Kennedy likes to portray less-educated Americans as
"victims." Some of them are victims of stupid, irresponsible parents. But
many simply don't care for one reason or another. Add to the equation
addiction, mental incapacities and other serious maladies, and you have a
full explanation as to why some Americans fail in the marketplace.
American life is complicated but simple at the same time. If you
become educated, work hard and live an honest life the heavy odds are you
will become self-sufficient and won't need to take other people's stuff. If
you buy into Edward Kennedy's view of life that the system is screwing
you and rewarding the fat cats that you are entitled to be handed
things than you will surely fail no matter how many press releases
Kennedy stuffs in your pocket.
So here's my press release to Kennedy: Hard work and
self-reliance lead to success on the job, Senator. Wise up, spread the word,
and get your hand out of my pocket.
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