Only ‘Builders, Makers and Givers’ Can Save America (and the world)

A socialist ideology of ‘taking’ is ruining America and the world. There are growing numbers of people who are ‘taking’ while fewer and fewer people are working hard and ‘building’, ‘giving’ or ‘making’.

Or as conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh often has said, “There are more and more people riding in the wagon and fewer and fewer people pulling the wagon.”

This analogy is spot-on. Because the world can indeed be seen as having a wagon that has traditionally been used to carry those who cannot pull – children, the sick, the elderly, the disabled etc.

Today, however, in America there are far too many people crowding into the wagon who are perfectly capable of pulling. This includes tens of millions of welfare recipients and other government dependents. The newest trick is to get on Social Security disability. These people will not work even if you offer them jobs.

Or there are tens of millions riding in the wagon because of social policy, like single mothers who have no husband and who need the government. Yet it is Democrat social policy since the 1960s that has created all of these single mothers. That policy said that marriage is not important, that men are not relevant to a woman or her child(ren), and that women can raise children on their own.

They cannot. Single mothers always end up statistically poorer than married women and statistically much more dependent on the taxpayers. They are even more likely to be victims of crime.

And as more and more people ride in the wagon and fewer and fewer are pulling, the economy goes slower and slower or stalls. That is precisely what is happening today. That is why our economy is stagnant. It is classic socialism – more ‘takers’ and fewer ‘makers’.

Now the Democrats are caterwauling that the number of ‘takers’ is being exaggerated, that this is just a ploy by Republicans and conservatives to criticize the Democrat party and its ethos of dependency.

It is not being exaggerated, friends. It is very real and it has been insinuating itself into our economy incrementally since the end of World War II. Because wherever there is wealth there is a socialist to take it.

Talk to people who immigrated to the United States early in the 20th century and you will hear them say that there were no welfare programs back then. That is how so many of them became tough, self-reliant people. Because you either worked or you starved.

But after decades of incremental increases, dollar by dollar, the welfare state has ballooned. Today if you do not work you can live very well and the Democrats have built this up intentionally. In fact they encourage it. Many, many millions of idle poor have a high standard of living from government handouts, up to tens of thousands of tax-free dollars annually each.

One recent analysis showed that the average annual federal/state taxpayer handout to “poor” households in America today is $60,000 each!! And that is tax free!!!

These people are not “poor”, friends. Many of them live much better than low-income people who go to work every day, and they often live as well or even better than the hard-working middle class, but without a care in the world. They just wait for that check. And it always comes.

There is zero incentive for them to improve themselves. They are often better off on the dole. Why work? they ask. So it is easier and easier to become a ‘taker’. And this template destroys entire societies.

The Democrats are encouraging this mentality because it increases Democrat power at the expense of the overall society. Because Democrats give away taxpayer money and then get the jobs and power and credit for doing so. Obama was re-elected as the Giveaway President.

This ‘taker’ mentality also applies to excess or overpaid government workers. The more government workers that we have beyond those who are necessary the more wealth they consume. Because government workers are consuming wealth not creating wealth, which is done in the private sector. has calculated that America today has 5 million more government workers proportional to the population than we did in 1960. This is a massive drag on the economy.

These government workers are getting more and more in pay, benefits and pensions as taxes go higher and higher and the taxpayer has less and less in his/her own pocket. Government workers today live better than ever and certainly live better than the average private-sector worker, sometimes much better.

Here is an excerpt from recently:

In the 1,420 days since (Obama) took the oath of office, the federal government has daily hired on average 101 new employees. Every day. Seven days a week. All 202 weeks. That makes 143,000 more federal workers than when Obama (was inaugurated).

That’s $20 billion or more in new annual spending just for the pay/benefits/pensions of just the new federal workers since Obama took office. While Obama complains that he needs more and more taxpayer money. And this does not include public employment increases at the state and local level.

Just one other example out of hundreds: Between December 2007 and April 2011 North Carolina private-sector job losses were a whopping 8.9%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But public employment actually increased by 500 jobs, or .07%.

And remember that this expansion of the government workforce is occurring as the private sector, which creates the wealth to pay for government, has suffered huge job losses that have not been recovered. Meanwhile the government bureaucracy is bloated and overpaid already.

Look at California. It is controlled by the Democrat party. Democrats hold every single statewide office and the public-employee unions use their power to get anything they want.

So it is no surprise that California is in a permanent debt crisis, year after year, with younger, productive, skilled and educated people leaving by the hundreds of thousands annually because taxes and bureaucracy are out of control. And they leave the sicker, poorer and older behind.

This trend is a result of the ‘takers’ in California – those on the government dole and those state workers on the increasingly bloated and overpaid government payroll – strangling the state with their demands.

It is called ‘socialism’. And as the ‘takers’ increase their ranks and thus their power, the taxes to pay for their jobs and their handouts draw precious investment capital out of the private economy that would have created new jobs and wealth for the ‘makers’. It becomes a downward spiral.

In The Wall Street Journal senior economics writer Stephen Moore wrote a disturbing commentary called We’ve Become a Nation of Takers, not Makers on April 1, 2011. Here are excerpts with a comment after each:

Moore writes: If you want to understand better why so many states—from New York to Wisconsin to California—are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, consider this depressing statistic: Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million). This is an almost exact reversal of the situation in 1960, when there were 15 million workers in manufacturing and 8.7 million collecting a paycheck from the government. Comment: Wow. It makes sense that more government workers equals less productivity. Yet who are the government workers? Answer:  Mostly Democrats.

Moore writes: It gets worse. More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined. We have moved decisively from a nation of makers to a nation of takers. Nearly half of the $2.2 trillion cost of state and local governments is the $1 trillion-a-year tab for pay and benefits of state and local employees. Is it any wonder that so many states and cities cannot pay their bills? Comment: Of course they can’t. Because this state of affairs is unsustainable.

Moore writes: Every state in America today except for two—Indiana and Wisconsin—has more government workers on the payroll than people manufacturing industrial goods. Consider California, which has the highest budget deficit in the history of the states. The not-so Golden State now has an incredible 2.4 million government employees—twice as many as people at work in manufacturing. New Jersey has just under two-and-a-half as many government employees as manufacturers. Florida's ratio is more than 3 to 1. So is New York's. Comment: This explains it all, friends.

Moore writes: Even Michigan, at one time the auto capital of the world, and Pennsylvania, once the steel capital, have more government bureaucrats than people making things. Comment: Yes, with many of the government bureaucrats unionized. And guess who killed the auto industry and the steel industry in the first place? Powerful labor unions with their outrageous wage demands.

Moore writes: Now it is certainly true that many states have not typically been home to traditional manufacturing operations. Iowa and Nebraska are farm states, for example. But in those states, there are at least five times more government workers than farmers. West Virginia is the mining capital of the world, yet it has at least three times more government workers than miners. New York is the financial capital of the world—at least for now. That sector employs roughly 670,000 New Yorkers. That's less than half of the state's 1.48 million government employees. Comment: Depressing…

Moore writes: Where are the productivity gains in government? Consider a core function of state and local governments: schools. Over the period 1970-2005, school spending per pupil, adjusted for inflation, doubled, while standardized achievement test scores were flat. Over roughly that same time period, public-school employment doubled per student, according to a study by researchers at the University of Washington. That is what economists call negative productivity. Comment: Yes, very negative.

Moore writes: The same is true of almost all other government services. Mass transit spends more and more every year and yet a much smaller share of Americans use trains and buses today than in past decades. One way that private companies spur productivity is by firing underperforming employees and rewarding excellence. In government employment, tenure for teachers and near lifetime employment for other civil servants shields workers from this basic system of reward and punishment. It is a system that breeds mediocrity, which is what we've gotten. Comment: That is why Amtrak continues to exist even though it has low average ridership loads, horrible service, rude employees and a terrible on-time record. Because Amtrak is protected by Democrats and its unions. Meanwhile the airlines sell 30 tickets for every Amtrak ticket sold and have very good service records and are a backbone of American transportation while taking zero government subsidy.

How do the airlines do it?

They are private-sector companies.

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