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  1. #1 In Obama's World, The Government Owns Your Paycheck 
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    In Obama's World, The Government Owns Your Paycheck

    The language itself is also dangerous. What kind of society would we have if the government indeed owned everything? What sort of economy would that produce? Imagine the quality of life under such an arrangement.

    Actually, we don't have to use our imaginations. All we have to do is look at Cuba. North Korea. The Soviet Union. East Germany. Maoist China. Murderous failures all.

    No, we're not saying that the administration wants to use those nations as models for a transformed U.S. We're merely pointing out that, taken to its logical conclusion, the idea that government owns all will produce a totalitarian system.

    It can't be any other way.

    Americans should be deeply offended that anyone would categorize the act of keeping one's own money as a giveaway. And they should be profoundly alarmed when policymakers and their aides hold that view because they can turn their beliefs into oppressive law.

    Remember, government creates neither wealth nor jobs. It has to take everything that it owns, and that requires force — real or implied. >>>

    The language itself is also dangerous. What kind of society would we have if the government indeed owned everything? What sort of economy would that produce? Imagine the quality of life under such an arrangement.

    Actually, we don't have to use our imaginations. All we have to do is look at Cuba. North Korea. The Soviet Union. East Germany. Maoist China. Murderous failures all.

    No, we're not saying that the administration wants to use those nations as models for a transformed U.S. We're merely pointing out that, taken to its logical conclusion, the idea that government owns all will produce a totalitarian system.

    It can't be any other way. >>>

    Remember, government creates neither wealth nor jobs. It has to take everything that it owns, and that requires force — real or implied.

    Obama was elected in 2008 on a platform of hope and change. The promises sounded good to many even if they were not defined.

    Now those terms have taken shape — unmistakably and unsettlingly.

    If a government that owns all is the change Obama promised in 2008, and it becomes the dominant governing philosophy of this country, then there's not much hope left.

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    Private property - includes your income, your savings, your investments and any other form of subsistence. Even speech is supposed to be protected. But we see how thats going with 'thought crimes'. This is a moral issue at its heart and core. "We hold these truths to be self-evident ..." At the other end of the scale ... you are simply property of the state. This is where todays democrat party wants to take us. And sadly with the unknowing incremental support of many GOP leaders.
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    Good one.

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    Graphic is good for info. Lots of people I have on facebook don't know about this. I mean they know he spends a lot but they don't know how outta control it is.
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    Moral or Immoral Government
    Walter E. Williams

    Immorality in government lies at the heart of our nation's problems. Deficits, debt and runaway government are merely symptoms. What's moral and immoral conduct can be complicated, but needlessly so. I keep things simple and you tell me where I go wrong.

    My initial assumption is that we each own ourselves. I am my private property and you are yours. If we accept the notion that people own themselves, then it's easy to discover what forms of conduct are moral and immoral. Immoral acts are those that violate self-ownership. Murder, rape, assault and slavery are immoral because those acts violate private property. So is theft, broadly defined as taking the rightful property of one person and giving it to another.

    If it is your belief that people do not belong to themselves, they are in whole or in part the property of the U.S. Congress, or people are owned by God, who has placed the U.S. Congress in charge of managing them, then all of my observations are simply nonsense.

    Let's look at some congressional actions in light of self-ownership. Do farmers and businessmen have a right to congressional handouts? Does a person have a right to congressional handouts for housing, food and medical care?

    First, let's ask: Where does Congress get handout money? One thing for sure, it's not from the Tooth Fairy or Santa Claus nor is it congressmen reaching into their own pockets. The only way for Congress to give one American one dollar is to first, through the tax code, take that dollar from some other American. It must forcibly use one American to serve another American. Forcibly using one person to serve another is one way to describe slavery. As such, it violates self-ownership.

    Government immorality isn't restricted only to forcing one person to serve another. Some regulations such as forcing motorists to wear seatbelts violate self-ownership. If one owns himself, he has the right to take chances with his own life.
    Some people argue that if you're not wearing a seatbelt, have an accident and become a vegetable, you'll become a burden on society. That's not a problem of liberty and self-ownership. It's a problem of socialism where through the tax code one person is forcibly used to care for another.

    These examples are among thousands of government actions that violate the principles of self-ownership. Some might argue that Congress forcing us to help one another and forcing us to take care of ourselves are good ideas. But my question to you is: When congressmen and presidents take their oaths of office, is that oath to uphold and defend good ideas or the U.S. Constitution?

    When the principles of self-ownership are taken into account, two-thirds to three-quarters of what Congress does violate those principles to one degree or another as well as the Constitution to which they've sworn to uphold and defend. In 1794, when Congress appropriated $15,000 to assist some French refugees, James Madison, the father of our Constitution, stood on the floor of the House to object, saying, "I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents." Did James Madison miss something in the Constitution?

    You might answer, "He forgot the general welfare clause." No, he had that covered, saying, "If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one."

    If we accept the value of self-ownership, it is clear that most of what Congress does is clearly immoral. If this is bothersome, there are two ways around my argument. The first is to deny the implications of self-ownership. The second is to ask, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi did when asked about the constitutionality of Obamacare, "Are you serious? Are you serious?"

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    Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.
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    Hate to break it to you, but it is not only Obama's World. The majority of the cesspool inside the Potomac Swamp from both parties don't act any differently regardless of which side of their mouth the words come from.
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