Collectivism Across Party Lines
‘There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own – nobody.’ – Elizabeth Warren, campaign speech 2011
‘If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.’
– Barack Obama, campaign speech 2012
The Left is clear about their view. You do not get credit, and you do not own your business by right. When the government taxes you, taxes you some more, regulates you, and licenses you, it has the right. Because you didn’t build that.
As with so many issues, the Right seemingly opposes the Left. Certainly, there was outrage at the outright, open expressions of communist ideology from Warren and Obama.
But let’s drill a bit deeper. Let’s look at a litmus test to see if conservatives really believe that you own your business. Or perhaps they accept that you are a mere steward of the people’s resources, for the good of the people.
Can you hire or not hire anyone? After all, if you did build that, then it’s yours by right. And as a matter of right, you can decide who to hire. Right?
This post was published at Acting-Man on October 31, 2016.