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Why “Robin Hood” Government Doesn’t Work

In the novel “Atlas Shrugged,” Ayn Rand sought to show the benefits of competition-based capitalism over and against the faults of socialism.  Socialism is great in theory, but history has shown that it never works in practice.  Just like the motto of the antagonists in “Atlas Shrugged”- it sounds great, but in reality it is anything but great.

Their motto was, “from each according to his ability to each according to his need.”  At the surface, this sounds like a great idea.  Those who are producing more than they need provide for those who are not producing as much as they need.  I have too much, you don’t have enough, so let’s meet in the middle.  However, an old adage will help us see why this great-sounding theory fails in practice.

“If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.”

We could add the following to this old, familiar saying.  If the government takes fish from the man who can fish and gives them to the man who can’t, they will both starve.

The man who can fish has no reason to fish because the government takes his fish and gives it to those who cannot fish.  The man who cannot fish has no reason to learn because he is eating just fine without fishing.

Capitalism functions on the premise that if the government gets out of the way, then those who can fish will have every reason to fish and those who cannot fish will have every reason to learn.  Tax just enough to provide for those who can truly neither fish nor learn how, and enact and enforce minimal regulations.

Also, smaller government equals less spending.  Just like the answer for a man who has racked up credit card debt includes cutting his spending, so it is with government.  The answer for our deficit is certainly not more spending, but less. 

The best of the best in Ayn Rand’s fictional America stopped producing, and that is what it took for a return to competition-based capitalism.  President Obama is living in a fictional world if he thinks that his anti-capitalism measures will produce different results.  Hopefully our democratic elections will suffice to bring about the change in which we all must now believe and for which we all must now vote.

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July 24, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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