John Stossel’s column today on “Greed” contained some very thought provoking libertarian ideas, which need to be contemplated by any non-government-centered political junkie.
Yes, Wall Street was greedy — but that’s nothing new. Greed is a constant. Did you ever turn down a raise? We need a free market because it restrains greed. Laws against theft and fraud help, but competition does more.
And my favorite,
That’s what happened under communism — and increasingly, it’s happening in America. As Joseph Sobran put it: “‘Need’ now means wanting someone else’s money. ‘Greed’ means wanting to keep your own. ‘Compassion’ is when a politician arranges the transfer.’”
That should prove we don’t have fixed resources. Rather than one cake or a fixed supply of cake, greedy entrepreneurs — like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs — make more and bigger cakes. Everyone gets richer. The producers, however greedy, are heroes.
Inequality is a product of freedom. When people are free, some will acquire much more than others.
Government, according to the Obama fanatics, are the equalizers, the redistributers of wealth and almost half the people in the November will agree by voting for Obama as president.
When America hits 51% in favor of an Obama-type chief executive, European Socialism will be the beginning of the end of our FREEDOM. Just look at Obama’s last four years and the control the central government is taking from our freedoms to level what playing field?