Saturday, July 16, 2011

FDR: still right.

‎"Ever since 1776, that struggle has been between two forces; on the one hand there has been a vast majority of citizens who believe the benefits of democracy should be extended and who are willing to pay their fair share to extend them. And on the other hand, there has been a small but powerful group which has fought the extension of these benefits because they did not want to pay a fair share of their cost."

3 comments:

Kevin Scheunemann said...

Again,

You do not define "fair share".

Many of us think "fair share" something substantially less than 100% of our time, money and effort.

What is enough for the government monster? 25%? 50%? 75%? 90%? 100%?

You never dare to answer that question.

The closer it is to 100%, the less incentive anyone has to work. Its getting to the point where very few have an incentive to work hard. Its easier, and more lucrative, to be a moocher.

Publius said...

Which forces are you refering to? The founders faught for freedom from the government. They established what was for a short time the only truly free country ever to exist.

Mpeterson said...

Publius,

I'm afraid I can't agree since there is no historical or political ground to support your comment. The Founders of this country fought for freedom *from tyranny,* not freedom from a government. Those are very different. Please go read the Federalist Papers, John Locke's little Treatises on Government, and Plato's Republic while you're at it. Hamilton and Madison and all the boys were pretty well acquainted with those works and big chunks of them were integrated into the government they created.

Frankly, weakening the government that stands between regular citizens and corporate monopolists (as the other Roosevelt well understood), is to promote and encourage tyranny... which is why I'm going to have to disagree with not only your understanding of these ideas, but the danger that you might attempt to implement them.