Allen B. West

The myth of income inequality

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The latest rallying cry from progressive socialists designed to divide and incite anger is the theme of “income inequality.” It is repeated endlessly by President Obama, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other Democrats on Capitol Hill. But what does it really mean?

Perhaps it’s useful to look at the opposite, “income equality.” Do liberal progressives truly believe it is up to them to mandate what every person receives as compensation for their work or efforts? Why stop at income?

How about marathon race equality? Why should there be a winner? How about grade equality? I am sure our children would consent to everyone receiving the same grade. Imagine if we told students that regardless of their hard work in studying and test success, all grades will be equally shared — after all, that’s fair, right?

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How many of you would go to a doctor who received his qualifications through “grade equality?”

What about this past weekend during the NFL Wild Card playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts. Early into the second half the Chiefs were leading the Colts 38-10 — now that certainly wasn’t fair! Heck, there was no equality there. Should Commissioner Roger Goodell called the officials and said, “hey fellas, we can’t have this “score inequality.” We need to enact the policy of shared touchdowns to support our policy of score equality. Change the scoreboard to reflect a new score of 28-20 by redistributing 10 points from the Chiefs to the Colts.”

Imagine the response from Chiefs fans! But more importantly, would the Colts play harder or just rely on the officials to “ensure equality?” Thank goodness that’s not what happened — but what did happen on Saturday is a reflection on who we are as Americans. The Colts, led by QB Andrew Luck, didn’t quit, they played harder, the coaches made the adjustments — and lo and behold the Colts came back and won 45-44. All the Colts needed was a level playing field: equality of opportunity. That is the lesson for progressive socialists, President Obama and his acolytes.

America is about fairness of opportunity, not an equality of outcomes. We all have a fair shot at success. You can’t punish those who work hard and employ government mandates or coercion to rig the game for a specific group.

How’s it working in North Korea, Cuba, Soviet Union, and every other place where a Marxist/socialist governing philosophy has been implemented?

Thomas Jefferson stated, “A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.”

Famed NFL coach Vince Lombardi said, “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”

However, progressives like Obama and DeBlasio, agree with Karl Marx, “from each according to their ability, to each according to their need.” That philosophy is as anti-American as they come which begs the question, why would an American president hold this belief?

Progressive socialists want to redistribute the hard earnings of Americans in order to make a country of average citizens, C students all.

Just look at the Communist Manifesto and the goal of a “progressive tax system” which increasingly punishes individual productivity. We started with a top marginal tax rate in 1913 of 7 percent which is 39.6 percent today, and the liberal progressives still believe it’s not enough. Clearly they’re ok with tax inequality.

Progressives believe it’s within their power to determine an individual’s goals and objectives – but of course they wouldn’t apply it to themselves. If they really want to apply “income inequality” why not start with their friends in the entertainment industry? But leave us hard working folks alone.

It’s very disconcerting for me to see how many Republicans go on offense when they hear these insulting words “income inequality.” Income inequality is a myth, a dangerous concept, a tool for political divisiveness, and yet we have elected charlatans who truly believe “We the People” want them, and their cronies, to determine the outcomes of our lives.

This is the first full week of the New Year. Send President Obama an email to remind him who is the father of the concept of income inequality and that we don’t believe in equality of outcomes in America.

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