Socialists and activists today are marching and demanding that the 1% be taxed enough to pay for all young people’s college tuition and college loans in the USA. Many think they should pay for more government social programs. Perhaps you believe this is feasible.
A young lady named Keely Mullen has become the voice of the college protesters. Here is what she says:
This way of thinking is so mind-boggling that it is hard to know where to begin. Keely Mullen is a perfect example of how education in America has failed. Neil Cavuto tries to tell her that even if the rich are taxed 100%, (which doesn’t seem to bother her) it would only fund one entitlement program less than 3 years.
Keely, If you read this, I want to address my questions to you.
What happens when the rich are taxed until they are no longer rich? Let’s say we decide that Uncle Sam has a right to the money the rich earn. The first thing that must be hashed out in Washington is “Who are the rich?” Once determined, the government must decide how much money will government take from the rich and if college students are to be the benefactors.
Let us suppose Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton wins the election and these three decisions are made. Now what happens? Government can take all “the rich” currently have, but Keely, who will be rich after, say, three years? Why would anyone continue to work to become rich to enable people they do not know to have free college tuition and other “entitlements?” Would you? Who will employ the poor?
Here are a few more questions:
If government has the right to take money from the rich to pay for your college, why shouldn’t they have the right to take away the money being spent on cigarettes, alcohol, and recreational drugs from people and use it to pay for prescription drugs for seniors who live on social security? Would that make sense?
If government has the right to take money from the rich to pay for your college, why shouldn’t they have the right to take money overweight people spend at restaurants and on ice cream, cookies, and high calorie treats and give that to the homeless?
If government has the right to take money from the rich to pay for your college, why shouldn’t they have the right to take all savings from those who have their homes paid for and who have a savings account and pay off the mortgages of those who do not have their mortgages paid off?
If government has the right to take money from the rich to pay for your college, why shouldn’t they have the right to stop people from buying recreational vehicles, confiscate that money and give it to those who do not have a good car to drive?
If government has the right to take money from the rich to pay for your college, why shouldn’t they have the right to take money from those who go to movies, buy designer clothes, or buy expensive jewelry and give it to those who live in slum districts?
Why isn’t it just as fair to take everyone’s money as to take money from the highly successful? Those who can afford cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, jewelry, recreational vehicles, movies, extra food etc. obviously have more than they need, just as the rich do.
Why doesn’t everyone just give all they make to the government and let the government provide a subsistence living for all? Wouldn’t that be the fair thing? The government could even decide what job each could do? Suppose you are more suited to cleaning toilets than you are to writing journalistic reports or teaching or whatever it is you are choosing to do? Shouldn’t you be required to serve by doing what you do best?
Please know that I am not advocating doing any of the above. I am just trying to get you to do what the college tuition that you have spent up-to-now has not done successfully, i.e. get you to think.
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
– Benjamin Franklin
“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have.” – Thomas Jefferson
“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
― Thomas Jefferson
“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”
― Margaret Thatcher