Thomas Sowell’s column at Town Hall hits the nail on the head of the President’s “enough money” line.
He begins with:
One of the many shallow statements that sound good– if you don’t stop and think about it– is that “at some point, you have made enough money.”
The key word in this statement, made by President Barack Obama recently, is “you.” There is nothing wrong with my deciding how much money is enough for me or your deciding how much money is enough for you, but when politicians think that they should be deciding how much money is enough for other people, that is starting down a very slippery slope.
Politicians with the power to determine each citizen’s income are no longer public servants. They are public masters.
“Public masters” is what elites want to be. They may not think that what they’re doing is harmful to you, but they do think they’re smarter and better able to make decisions about your life than you are. After all, they have a clearer definition of otherwise nebulous concepts like “fairness” and “equality” than you do. You may think fairness is getting to keep what you earn and do with it what you please, which generally includes giving something to help your fellow person in need to give them a hand up so down the road they can do the same for others. They think fairness is taking what you earn and giving it to others as a hand out, which gives our fellow man the impression that he can sit back and be unproductive while others take care of his needs.
Sowell concludes (but read the whole thing!):
Apparently Rockefeller himself decided at some point that he had enough money, and then donated enough of it to create a world-class university from day one– the University of Chicago– as well as donating to innumerable other philanthropic projects.
But that is wholly different from having politicians make such decisions for other people. Politicians who take on that role stifle economic progress and drain away other people’s money, in order to hand out goodies that will help get themselves re-elected. Some people call that “social justice,” even when it is anti-social politics.