…and another thing edition #53
What is a guy with a family of four going to do with minimum wage?
What is a guy with minimum wage skills doing having a family of four?
Very tough questions, to be sure. As far as "liberalism" and "conservatism," my exposure (unknowingly) came very early in life. In the beginning, I never associated either "cause" with any certain political party. I was born in a place called the Saint Vincent's Infant Asylum in Chicago. I'm not sure it still exists, but it operated back then for the benefit of the "underprivileged" and their intended or unintended offspring.
I was adopted shortly after I was born by a couple whose income would also categorize them as "underprivileged." My adoptive parents were dyed-in-the-wool Democrats back then. As they worked multiple jobs to keep our family afloat and gain some "traction" in society, they eventually were able to accumulate enough to money to purchase a previously established small business, which they owned and operated for about fifteen years. As they gained capital and status in society - through their own hard work and with no help from the government - their party affiliation changed from Democrat to "anti-Democrat." (They never could bring themselves to self-identify with the GOP, but they were definitely Democrats NO MORE.)
As a result of the above experiences and more, I learned (at least) the following three things:
*The clearest path to success in a "free" society like ours is through focused, nose-to-the-grindstone, hard work. If you don't have enough money in your pocket to buy something, you probably don't "need" it. If it proves out that you do in fact "need" something but can't pay cash for it, you just have to work harder at your current job - or you get a second or third job to supplement your income so that you can afford what you think you "need."
*Only losers feel sorry for themselves.
*Democrats want to take your hard-earned money and spend it on things they think THEY (or their constituencies) "need," thereby depriving you of the ability to reap the rewards of your own honest labor. This disincentivizes the contributors in our society from eagerly seeking continued, productive efforts (i.e., work). It also incentivizes non-contributors to continue their non-contribution.
The above has proved true time and time again as I have watched events unfold in my native Chicago, throughout the entire state of Illinois, and across the nation. The city of Chicago now has one of the lowest financial ratings of any city in America, and is carrying some of the highest debt and taxes. Safe and prosperous communities throughout the city 40 years ago are now daily the sites of heinous crimes and unemployment. IMHO - it is no coincidence that the city is now on the brink of financial ruin and has become a sociological hell-hole, since it has been primarily run by Democrats during my lifetime.
Larry Elder is trying to point out things like these - on a micro, macro and national level - and the Dems are scared to death that his message will get through. Let us hope to God that it does.
Both of you gentlemen are a genuine compliment to this blog site and to this community.
I thank God that you each give of your time to help us who visit this site to be better informed so that we can therefore simply make better decisions as we face the issues of these troubled times.