In a recent Chicago Tribune article entitled Graduated tax could narrow income gap, Melissa Harris argues for a progressive tax or graduated tax system. Illinois currently has a flat tax. Harris, and others, would like to see that changed at the state level; as well as to see Obama’s tax increases implemented. Somehow they believe the myth that a higher tax on the “rich” helps the “poor.” The irony is, that simply taking money away from the “haves”, doesn’t help nor empower the supposed “have-nots”.
“Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?” Jesus asks this question of the multitudes who had gathered to hear Him speak and be healed of their diseases in Luke 6:39. In Matthew 15:14, Jesus is more definitive and says, “…If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (NIV)
Milton Friedman is known for saying, “That no one spends other peoples’ money well”. Meaning we all watch out for how we spend our own money, but seldom give much thought when that money is not ours. The truth is, we’ll shop for bargains when it’s our money at stake—often spending hours to do so. However, when the money we are spending is not ours, who cares if we get the best deal. We have a great example of this in the way government—federal, state and local—spends taxpayer dollars. It’s not the governor’s or state legislator’s money; therefore their only concern is whether it will help them get re-elected.
A recent tweet from Congresswoman Robin Kelly highlighted President Obama’s official sanctioning of Gay Pride Month. No, excuse me— it’s actually LGBT pride month. What has become of our country and the representation of the 2nd congressional district where the overwhelmingly social conservative district is marked with such a socially liberal representative who celebrates a lifestyle, which so many find abhorrent.
President Johnson’s war on poverty and his great society program started over 50 years ago were the wrong approach in solving the poverty problem in America. So is the fools errand of addressing “income inequality” that president Obama and secular progressives are fond of touting. All of these are wrong headed ideas that only have the appearance of relief when in fact they exacerbate the problem.
On August 29–31, 2013 Freedom’s Journal Institute will hold its first Black Conservative Summit (BCS) at the Pheasant Run resort in St Charles, IL. The theme for this year’s gathering is “Defending the Natural Family: R.I.S.E to Rebuild the Foundation of Black America.” The summit will focus on a number of critical issues ranging from education to economic policy, in general, within the context of the “Natural Family”.