Monday, March 8, 2010

Why Business has less power than Government

Walter E. Williams says a lot in a little space here, and many will be able to expand his ideas, but I'll only post a couple of highlights for those that won't hit the link. He asks and and answers the question "Who Poses the Greatest Threat?" Big business or government? I'm sure you know his and my answer.

"Rich people can gain power over us, but to do so, they must get permission from our elected representatives at the federal, state or local levels.

Politicians love pitting us against the rich. All by themselves, the rich have absolutely no power over us. To rip us off, they need the might of Congress to rig the economic game. It's a slick political sleight-of-hand where politicians and their allies amongst the intellectuals, talking heads and the news media get us caught up in the politics of envy as part of their agenda for greater control over our lives.

Politicians preach the politics of envy whilst reaching into the ordinary man's pockets, through the IRS, and handing it over to their favorite rich people and others who make large contributions to their election efforts."

After quoting Thomas Sowell's new book and showing that our representative government is starting to behave the way tyrants have, he brings it around with this quote from Thomas Paine:

"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one."

Ain't that the truth?

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