How Much Progress Can We Stand?



Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly recently opined that black culture and the dissolution of the black family underlie the inarguable fact that the blacks have a lock on the bottom of American society. He was of course, shouted down by the usual suspects fronting the racism industry, led by Sharpton et al.

Now we have the senseless murder of a peacefully jogging Aussie college kid and ballplayer, a white, by three black teens,. They were bored, one said. A thrill kill per another theory. They’re all Crips gang bangers looking for a rep per a cop. The White House spokesman was asked, recalling the Presidnets’ contribution to the Trayvon frenzy, who he would identify with in this group; the spokesman said he was unfamiliar with the event. Apparently, a ‘white Hispanic’ killing a black in self defense is news; three blacks shooting a white in the back…isn’t. That is a picture, if one is willing to view honestly.

Another current story expands that picture, again if one is honest. This one is a report that some 35 states now pay welfare clients more than they would earn working. Students of political science recall that: “If you want less of something, tax it; if you want more, subsidize it” a truism never refuted. Some 15% of Americans now receive food stamps at the expense of others while half of us no longer pay any income taxes.

The Left has succeeded in selling a proposition: If you have done well, it must be by unfair advantage at the expense of others. Therefore, you are guilty of their poverty and so, owe them its alleviation. Not of course by your direct action that we used to call charity, but by government action on your behalf at your expense. Personal charity has been replaced by involuntary government charity you finance. This, if you share the Left’s view of things, should make you feel good while it makes politicians, rich.

This is a reality problem in economics. We live in scarcity; every living thing must scrounge for its living. Many fail. Scripture tells Christians that the poor are omnipresent. And we’re born into that; we didn’t create it. Therefore, it isn’t our doing and pushing guilt onto us is a perversion.

Those who do well are showing the way; they should be celebrated and emulated, not shamed and robbed of their gains. The more people that do well, the higher is society’s living standard. The more that is taken from people, the lower falls the standard. That’s not even algebra, let alone rocket science.

The final calculation is profoundly illustrated throughout human history, it says that when you extract enough from the wealthy to alleviate poverty, you thereby terminate wealth generation because there isn’t enough to go around; you can’t satisfy everyone at the expense of the wealthy; they don’t have that much. You end sharing only poverty.

But we go on hoping the next politician promising us others’ wealth to replace our work will deliver. Christianity followed Judaism with: “In the sweat of thy face shall thou eat bread” (basic economics) so we’re abandoning the churches, not for the first time. And we’re not doing too well as a result, also not for the first time.

We’ve dumped the behaviors that produced a well-behaved and well-off society in favor of the government doing out others’ wealth while idle teens kill for fun. All brought by folks who call themselves: “Progressives.” One may wonder how much of such ‘progress’ we can stand…

About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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9 Responses to How Much Progress Can We Stand?

  1. Pete says:

    You have just proved that what I had written in my previous blog is true. I posted today about the murder in Oklahoma also but I could never write about the incident as eloquently as you.

    • Jack Curtis says:

      Thank you!
      Seeing reality honestly is of more worth and a greater gift than the words we choose to describe our vision, and ‘never’ is an awfully long time in which much can happen, if one wishes…

  2. JessicaHof says:

    Great post Jack – really good analysis.

  3. Rawclyde! says:

    Whoa ~ you got me lookin’ in the mirror… Nice explanation! Let’s hope Black folks are uplifted by having one of their own in the White House…

  4. James Teague says:

    Today an article on this said it was 2 black teens and 1 white. Has the number been established or is this revisionism like “white hispanic” By the way, boredom occurs when the freedom to fail is taken away. I owe that to Junior Achievement.

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