[no_toc]Having grown up in a traditional extended family that included many servants of mankind (teachers, doctors, district attorney, preachers and more) and yet lived through the 60’s at the University of Texas and endured the indignation cast upon me and my fellow Viet Nam veterans, I think I know something about Givers versus Takers.
Givers versus Takers
It used to be that the vast majority of people worked at the best work they could get. The American Dream was alive and well and most people tried to take advantage of the opportunities given them. Now far too many just want to take advantage. Half of the taxpayers pay the tab for 100% of the country, yet the non-paying half (many of whom file a tax return to get a “refund” of your money, having paid in nothing) scream that they are the 99%.
Perhaps they are 99% of something. Who knows what, but it’s sure not of my idea of hard-working, red-blooded Americans of the style that made this country great. The Great Society has made this country anything but great. We need to re-energize the tradition of the hand-UP and discourage the hand-OUT. Let’s be clear: if a person is truly unable to do for themselves for whatever reason, they get the generous help of those of us who can help. Philanthropy, individual and corporate, is still alive and well (at least until some of the tax changes that are discussed kill it) in America.
But in the meanwhile, far too many people are content to live “on the dole” and to live a life immersed in a sense of entitlement when they neither deserve it nor have earned it. Again, I’m not talking about the guy who is out of work and truly cannot find employment, or the single mother abandoned by a worthless sperm-donor, or someone disabled and unable to work.
What to do about moochers?
The trick is to identify those who need help and to assist them through whatever travails have hindered them, if possible, so that they can themselves give back to society with their time, talent and money. That does not include the selfish and deluded invaders at Zuccotti Park. I was especially appalled at the notion that student loans should simply be written off — having used loans in both undergraduate and law school. I also worked while carrying a full course load and thus minimized the resulting amount of those loans. I did not have time to lounge on someone else’s property and litter it with trash, feces, drug paraphernalia and weapons.
There is a great piece that paints the pig as it should be. I tease you with the following and commend the entire article to you. It pulls no punches.
(Referring to the faux revolutionary blathering) [a] fawning media heard more of the same on Tuesday morning from the shouting protesters: “We are unstoppable; another world is possible”; “We shall overcome”; “We are doing something revolutionary.” A genuinely revolutionary act might have been living for free for two months without the cornucopia of insanely cheap goodies that capitalism and free trade showered upon the OWS protesters, from laptops, iPhones, and abundant electricity for recharging them to mountains of fresh food, warm clothing, and medical supplies.
via The Moochers of Zuccotti Park by Heather Mac Donald – City Journal. (Accessed 12/5/2011)
Regular readers may recall a great picture worth a million words of so-called protesters with all of their “capitalist pig accoutrements” that I wrote about in The World Owes Me … Everything. One photo in particular from that article says it all (click to enlarge):
Dividing Givers versus Takers
Yes, some large or politically influential businesses win wholly unjustified government subsidies, as well as exemptions from the high taxes that less connected businesses have to pay to fund the growing welfare state. (The green energy movement, of course, is as voracious a consumer of unfair government favoritism as any failing bank.) But the fact that capitalism can be distorted by politics says nothing about its unmatched power to raise the standard of living almost universally and create the wealth that is the precondition for so many modern rights, such as women’s liberation from arranged marriages. Occupy Wall Street proved incapable of making such distinctions, however. At their core, the protests represented another outbreak of that perennial temptation in bourgeois society: to take for granted the norms and institutions that make Western prosperity and freedom possible. (emphasis added)
If any doubts remain about the character of some of the people claiming to be some righteous part of the “99%” just enjoy these photos (click for larger):
A couple from the LA Times
And from the AP
Be careful that you 99 percenters don’t kill the Golden Goose. 1
- The Welfare State: Too Many Takers – Not Enough Givers – Larry Elder – Townhall Conservative (gds44.wordpress.com)
- Givers & Takers: A Retrospective of Sorts (dayofanewdawn.wordpress.com)
- A Nation of Citizens | Not “Givers” and “Takers” (continuumfi.wordpress.com)
- Know Any Takers? (psychologytoday.com)
- George Weiner: “Where’s the Pony?” Occupy Wall Street Demands (huffingtonpost.com)
- Occupy Wall Street: What It Isn’t (outsidethebeltway.com)