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Sunday, July 19, 2009

George Orwell's advice to Barack Obama

Forgive me if this is off topic, but it's good advice for a lot of Israelis as well:
“Friend, you cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. And what one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government can’t give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody. And when half of the people get the idea they don’t have to work because the other half’s going to take care of them, and when the other half get the idea it does no good to work because somebody’s going to get what I work for. That, dear friend, is about the end of any nation.”
--- Dr. Adrian Rogers in George Orwell's 1984


At 7:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

adrian rogers was a conservative baptist preacher, not a character in 1984

and please show me the society where half work so the other half dont

At 8:38 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Soviet Union couldn't take care of every one and survive as a country. The EU is figuring out socialism is pushing Europe slowly but certainly towards the grave. In the end, the US too will discover its day of reckoning. It seems people learn the hard way it doesn't work, period.

At 9:03 PM, Blogger R-MEW Editors said...


In France, government spending accounts for 62% of GDP. In Sweden and Denmark, it's nearly 60%. Just where do you think that money comes from? It ain't from entry fees to the Eiffel Tower or the Vasa Museum.

At 9:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


thank you for answering a question that i did not ask.

i asked, show me the society where half work so the other half dont

government spending has nothing to do with employment

and yes...life in denmark and sweden is absolute hell...except for the people who live there...and doesnt seem that there is mass emigration from either country

i think you are spending a little too much time watching oreilley

At 4:55 PM, Blogger R-MEW Editors said...


government spending has nothing to do with employment

Government spending is financed by those who pay taxes, i.e., those who are employed or own capital. In countries like France, the former group consists increasingly of those who work for the government, e.g., government jobs per capita are over double that in the US, and the latter group has seen its wealth systematically disappear through taxation.

Government jobs crowd out and act as a disincentive to private sector jobs which contribute far more to national productivity and capital formation, both of which have been declining in Western Europe for the last 40 years. That means less investment, fewer businesses, less innovation, anemic economic growth, higher structural (permanent) unemployment, less tax revenue despite higher rates of taxation and ultimately, less public money for everything including teachers and street-sweepers.

The entire system is a Ponzi scheme which simply recycles tax money to government workers and those on the dole while hollowing out the economy and killing future growth.

Increasingly unsustainable cradle to grave education, health care, and other social niceties are what keep most of the Swedes and Danes at home, although those with skills are leaving for greener pastures, i.e., countries where the personal income tax rate is not 62%.

I don’t watch O’Reilly but I will return the favor of advice with the suggestion that you spend less time posting on the internet and consider taking ECON 101.


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