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It is WAY, WAY easier to condemn the rich, than it is to BE one, and therefore many chose condemnation; the path of least resistance. Gives them a false sense of moral superiority as well.
It is easy to blame one's shortcommings on others; far more difficult to succede in a "root little pig or die" world.
For a glimpse of where this road takes society as a whole, one need look no further than black america. After being told for several generations how "victimized" they were, black americans have accepted and began believing and repeating that nonsense and are now LIVING in the predictable mire of their own self-pitty, excuse-making, and low expectations.
This is an example of the predictable "race to the bottom" which ensues when society determines to make up for all inequality.
"I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy [comfortable] in[their] poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed...that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” - Ben Franklin
I don't have to handle an hour where you work... either place!
I make more snowmobiling, or sitting on my couch in one day, than you do working all week.
However, the reason I now out-earn you 5-1 (or more) without even getting out of bed, is that for 20 years I absolutely, positively DID handle work that makes what passes for "work" today look like a joke.
You may have a specific skill which I lack. That's not surprising. I have no formal education or "training". But I'll happily wager you any amount you care to lose that I can "handle" whatever you classify as physical "work" for as many hours as you wish to or are able to postpone your loss.
You may surprise me. I only do about 1,900 vertical feet of running every day... BEFORE I "go to work". These days I'm taking it easy, compared to how I used to work when I actually had to work.
We pay people to sit on their ass.
We give them free food, free transportation, cheap housing in world-class ski towns.
We lament their self inflicted woes as if their problems are society's fault and society's responsibility to remedy.
We portray hard, honest work as something to be avoided-something for "suckers"-something beneath dignity.
We portray business as "evil" and "greedy" and "the enemy" destroying the environment and enslaving the (dumb)masses.
We treat those who DO take the initiative to get up and earn their keep as, "selfish" when they ask merely to keep the fruits of their own labor...
and then we have the ignorant audacity to wonder why nobody's lining up to go to work.
So if it is acceptable for gubbamint to be involved in almost anything, including but CERTAINLY not limited to "free" concerts, then what should it NOT do?
Sounds like the only criteria it has to meet is if it can "make a buck" in the process of whatever endeavor it choses to involve itself.
In that case, what is stopping it from taking over every profitable business of every size and stripe, so long as it can claim to be netting "revenue" for the community ??
And if THIS is the acceptable criteria, why not allow gubbamint to take over ALL business, failing or otherwise, and monopolize them, jack the price, and generate a positive "revenue" picture in all of them.
Must be nice to be a monopoly in the concert biz or bus biz.
When Rockerfeller tried it with Standard Oil (and gave americans cheap energy and saved the whales in the process) they shut him down,
Today gubbamints from municipalaties to the feds not only seem immune to scrutiny on this issue, but are actually celebrated for operating these monopolies, throwing huge parties, building huge stadiums and condemning private land in the process.
I wonder how many people might be able to earn a living in the PRIVATE sector "promoting" concerts or other events, or operating a bus/taxi service in Steamboat, if not for the competition from a monopoly who makes the rules and subsidizes their monopoly with force of law and taxation?
The benefit of a municipality running a bus line or concert promotion business can be argued, but somehow we can see it more clearly for some reason. However, we seem unable to see that there is potentially great "revenue" missing or not occurring for someone in the private sector who might open such a business, because gubbamint has horned in on that particular market.
I wonder how many free bus users would waive the free concerts to keep the busses running??
How many have rode the free bus to a free concert?
I also wonder how many others, who stay busy working to pay hefty taxes, have never utilized either...
Pot revenues were supposed to be "the" answer, as Eric says. What happened?
I expect that the difference is that pot stays in the bloodstream for so long, so what people do on saturday night effects their eligebility tests on Monday, whereas alcohol not so much. I agree that alcohol is a bigger problem and I'd much rather have a person driving me around immediately after smoking than after drinking.
Funny. When everybody becomes a stoner, who drives the stoners around? I can't wait for the day that the almighty state, with support from many of the stoners themselves, requires a "wiz Quiz" for ALL employment; then NOTHING will get done.
Resistance is futile.
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