Today we have an object lesson on the corrosive and destructive nature of socialism and government largess.
Now this one hurts. My ancestors come from Scotland (well, some of them--like most Americans, I'm a mutt, a mix of Scottish, Irish, Swedish and German extract). Scots have been throughout history a proud, fiercely independent people who fought war after war against the British Crown in a failed effort to retain their independence.
Even after they became part of the United Kingdom, Scotts have maintained a fierce spirit of independence and kept fighting for Scottish autonomy. But, what the British Crown could not do through force of arms, they have managed to accomplish through socialism.
The Telegraph today reports that:
Almost nine out of 10 Scottish households take more from the public purse than they contribute in taxes thanks to a “rotten system” of state patronage, the Tory party conference will hear on Monday.
By Simon Johnson, Scottish political editor
11:25PM BST 07 Oct 2012
Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, is to highlight official figures showing that only 283,080 households north of the border – 12 per cent of the total – pay more in tax than they receive in public services.
She will tell delegates that, because the public sector is seen as the key provider of everything from housing to employment, state spending now accounts for more than half Scotland’s wealth.
Miss Davidson supported her claims by publishing figures from the Office for National Statistics, which showed the average Scottish household consumes £14,151 more in public services every year than it pays in tax.
Even the families in the middle income groups consume around £20,000 more in state spending than they contribute.
However, those in the top 10 per cent pay £17,205 more in tax than they receive in public services.
(cont'd at link)
How very sad to see such a once proud and fiercely independent people reduced to slavery to the state. It will happen to any group of people. It doesn't matter how determined and resistant they are to subjugation to the state, decades of creeping socialism, increasing dependence on the aid of government, decreasing wages and availability of jobs, using the national education system for continuous indoctrination rather than education.
Over generations this leads to a gradual acceptance of the unacceptable, dependence on government largess, as something towards which to aspire and self-reliance as strange and anti-social.
All of it works to complement each other to achieve the aims of Lenin and of Marx, an emmasculated, demoralized, easily controlled electorate who is incapable of discerning fact from fiction and who looks to government for all its needs--including what the people "need" to know.
It's quite Orwellian . . . and it is a window into America's future should we continue down the path on which President Obama and the Democrat Party have set us.
Long Live Our American Republic!!!!
When indoctrination replaces education, then