For the left, money is not something that is earned. Money happens. It happens when you know the right people. If you are a college professor and you make the right impression at enough faculty cocktail parties, one day you will be tenured and named department chair and money happens. If you are an "activist" or a "community organizer" and you hobnob with people from the right foundations, money happens. If you are a Hollywood actress, you spend a couple of hours a day on the set pretending you are a prostitute or a murderer and then go snort cocaine all night, and money happens.
For the left's welfare-state constituencies, money happens when you fill out the right forms (or get an attorney to sue the government for you). Do it right and SSI, Medicaid, workers' comp, and agriculture subsidies just sorta happen. If you're an "artist" taking gay pornographic pictures and you apply for a taxpayer-funded grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, money happens. If you were born with spina bifida or you got your legs blown off in Iraq, I agree that you deserve a government check. If not, you don't deserve a nickel of anyone else's money.
Obama is a poster boy for the "money happens" mentality. Obama held one private-sector job in his entire life, which he characterized as "behind enemy lines." Obama never published anything as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. Obama never published anything as a college instructor in constitutional law. Obama was given a publisher's advance for his memoirs -- after a life of accomplishing nothing -- and immediately encountered "writer's block" and sought help. In all probability his two books are ghostwritten. Yet Obama is a multimillionaire, largely from the sales of his books. For him, money happened.
Obama's wife, Michelle, made a lousy hundred grand with her Harvard Law degree as vice-president for "community relations" at a Chicago hospital. When her husband was elected U.S. Senator in 2004, the hospital coincidentally decided that she deserved a raise of $200,000. For Michelle, money happened.
It is safe to say that Barack, Michelle, Nancy Pelosi, and all the other ruling-class elites in D.C. have never swapped a bad transmission out of a pickup truck for a paycheck. They've never snaked someone else's feces out of a clogged toilet at 1 a.m. or rebuilt a diesel engine on a backhoe to make money. They never risked a half-million of their own on a small fleet of dump trucks or an auto-parts warehouse to make money. For them, money is an abstraction, something that greedy, rich "fat cats" (usually Republican, of course) stole from exploiting innocent third-worlders and noble union laborers (who are never lazy, stupid, or crooked).
There's no reason why money shouldn't be taken from "the rich" by the government and given to the deserving, such as college students working on master's degrees in Queer Studies or programs designed to teach African men (not African-American men, but African men) how to use condoms. The left cannot conceive of the fact that actual people perform actual labor for money, and that economic reality dictates limits on spending.
at July 24, 2011 - 05:54:57 PM CDT