where are we headed
Equality is a wonderful sounding word, but in reality, there has never been or will there ever be, true equality. To be more specific, from an economic standpoint, there will always be those that work harder (mentally or physically) and earn more for their efforts...at least in our current,free,capitalistic society. Without the incentive of more rewards, innovation takes a backseat. When Speke and Burton were searching for the source of the Nile in 1862, they came across isolated tribes that showed no innovation what-so-ever as their "ruler" decided who did what, who lived or died at his whim, and what pleasured him at the moment. There was no reward for anything. At this time in mankind's history, those willing to take chances, to explore, to innovate, to invent, were rewarded for their efforts and their civilizations advanced. Now we have many politicians who desire equality among all, with those that work the hardest forced to shoulder the burden of those that choose not to work at all. Another culture tried that starting with a revolution in the early 1900's, growing in size and power as the working class continued to produce. Then the workers realized there was no extra incentive to work hard. Doctors were paid the same as sanitation workers, so why spend so many years in school? Whether you produced or not, your pay was the same, so why work? This society, then known as the USSR, collapsed. Other Socialist experiments like Greece are failing. Only the smallest countries (10 million or less) survive under 70% tax systems with no innovation coming from within their ranks. So where are we headed with increasing social welfare programs? I find it sadly amusing that the sub-30 generation who has been indoctrinated to these beliefs are also among those who pay little or no taxes and therefore feel that the over 45 generation, who worked hard to achieve success, should now 'share' with them. We need to remember that no large socialist society has ever succeeded. Our capitalistic society is still evolving. As Dr. Adrian Rogers said in 1931, 'You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from someone else. When half the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."