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The Fallacy of Redistribution

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Revmitchell, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member

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    The recently discovered tape on which Barack Obama said back in 1998 that he believes in redistribution is not really news. He said the same thing to Joe the Plumber four years ago. But the surfacing of this tape may serve a useful purpose if it gets people to thinking about what the consequences of redistribution are.

    Those who talk glibly about redistribution often act as if people are just inert objects that can be placed here and there, like pieces on a chess board, to carry out some grand design. But if human beings have their own responses to government policies, then we cannot blithely assume that government policies will have the effect intended.

    The history of the 20th century is full of examples of countries that set out to redistribute wealth and ended up redistributing poverty. The communist nations were a classic example, but by no means the only example.

    In theory, confiscating the wealth of the more successful people ought to make the rest of the society more prosperous. But when the Soviet Union confiscated the wealth of successful farmers, food became scarce. As many people died of starvation under Stalin in the 1930s as died in Hitler's Holocaust in the 1940s.

    How can that be? It is not complicated. You can only confiscate the wealth that exists at a given moment. You cannot confiscate future wealth -- and that future wealth is less likely to be produced when people see that it is going to be confiscated. Farmers in the Soviet Union cut back on how much time and effort they invested in growing their crops, when they realized that the government was going to take a big part of the harvest. They slaughtered and ate young farm animals that they would normally keep tending and feeding while raising them to maturity.

    http://spectator.org/archives/2012/09/20/the-fallacy-of-redistribution
     
  2. Oldtimer

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    It's sad that those with their hands out to receive the distribution are the least likely to read history. Plus, those doing the re-distribution are counting on that.
     
  3. billwald

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    The great examples of NOT redistributing wealth are the French and Russian revolutions.
     
  4. Bro. Curtis

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    Wrong again, Billy. Those were confiscatory governments, and they got what they deserved. (At least in France)

    Gotta get all dishonest to spin this.
     
  5. billwald

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    In the US, the international corporations are the government. That's the nature of fascism.
     
  6. Bro. Curtis

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    If you are going to tell me the French & Russian revolutions were the results of governments keeping taxes low, why should I take anything you say seriously ? Where was the "<G"
     
  7. mont974x4

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    In honor of the 44th President of the United States , Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream has introduced a new flavor: Barocky Road.

    Barocky Road is a blend of half vanilla, half chocolate, and surrounded by nuts and flakes. The vanilla portion of the mix is not openly advertised and usually denied as an ingredient. The nuts and flakes are all plentiful.

    The cost is $92.84 per scoop...so out of a hundred dollar bill you are at least promised some CHANGE..!

    When purchased it will be presented to you in a large beautiful cone, but after you pay for it, the ice cream is taken out of the cone and given to the person in line behind you at no charge.

    You are left with an almost empty wallet, staring at an empty cone and wondering what just happened. Then you realize this is what "redistribution of wealth" is all about.

    Aren't you just stimulated?
     
  8. billwald

    billwald New Member

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    Repeat for those do not understand "NOT"

    The great examples of NOT redistributing wealth are the French and Russian revolutions.
     
  9. mont974x4

    mont974x4 New Member

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    You have said that before. What you fail to note is that those were great liberal causes based on socialist ideals. Just like the American socialistic causes it is full of fraud and corruption. Thus, leading to the few having most of money and all of the power....which is ironic since you liberals always claim class and race warfare with the supposed promise of equality. It is a program founded on lies and ends in tyranny and the death of millions. To claim otherwise is either ignorant or willfully ignoring of history.
     
  10. billwald

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    You apparently have not understood it "before."
     
  11. th1bill

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    BW,
    You are like a broken record, you are stuck in the broken grove and refuse to allow anything to be done to help. Both the French and the Bolshivic revolutioins were caused by monarchies that had the characteristics of dictatorships. What you are spouting is still, learned, rhetoric.
     
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