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Lager
05-21-2010, 08:02 PM
"Enough Money" by Tom Sowell
http://townhall.com/columnists/ThomasSowell/2010/05/18/enough_money

Great piece by an intelligent man. Unlike many on the left, whose argument for redistribution of wealth is basically ".... it's just not fair!" Sowell uses rational and logical reasoniing.




One of the many shallow statements that sound good-- if you don't stop and think about it-- is that "at some point, you have made enough money."
The key word in this statement, made by President Barack Obama recently, is "you." There is nothing wrong with my deciding how much money is enough for me or your deciding how much money is enough for you, but when politicians think that they should be deciding how much money is enough for other people, that is starting down a very slippery slope.




Once you buy the argument that some segment of the citizenry should lose their rights, just because they are envied or resented, you are putting your own rights in jeopardy-- quite aside from undermining any moral basis for respecting anybody's rights. You are opening the floodgates to arbitrary power. And once you open the floodgates, you can't tell the water where to go.