wants to live at the expense of the State. They forget that the
State lives at the expense of everyone.” — Frederic
spouses, kids, jobs, bosses, and debt, to name a few, but they all
boil down to one struggle: money. Or better said, the absence of
money. Not enough money to buy a car, to take the wife to dinner,
to send the kids to private school, to quit the crappy job, to shop
like it was a sport, to take a vacation from a soul-dead existence,
to pay off the credit cards, and the list goes on and on.
to take responsibility. Someone needs to end the struggle.
insists on it. Watch her here:
to step up, Angel says as she gestures across a sea of children,
all her own.
is, but Angel Adams.
And most Americans,
after watching Angel's story, will convict her, and criticize
her for being a leech on government's largesse. What they cannot
see is themselves in that video. Unfortunate since most Americans
are not much different than Angel Adams.
is willing to say openly and without shame is that she wants someone
else to pay.
And, so do
a majority of Americans. They want someone to put their thumb on
the scale of the market and tip the balance in their favor. They
want something for nothing.
right when he observed "government as the great fiction, through
which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else."
And, it is not just welfare recipients who can't make the connection
between kids with no shoes and lying on the their backs getting
banged like a gong and ending up with 15 children.
are—let me search for the word—freeloaders. And most
of those deny it. Indeed, a 2008
poll found that 57% of Americans denied ever using a government
program. But when shown a list of 21 actual programs, including
student loans and home-mortgage interest deduction, 94% of the deniers
turned out to have bellied up to the pork-bar after all.
Who are they?
They are us.
They are current
Social Security recipients who, under no theory, have paid in near
enough to justify the benefits they are receiving in the mail each
It is a General
Public filled with so much fear and hate that they can't get
enough of the engorged war machine that spends more on "defense,"
more properly called "war," than the next 16 largest nations
It is funding
for the arts which means funding artists who can't sell their
paintings or pottery or music in the free market.
It is parents
who want public parks and museums to babysit their children.
It is Medicare
recipients who want someone to pay for their overpriced sick care.
It is Section
8 housing recipients who get a check for rent for an unlimited amount
of time with no work requirement.
line? An estimated 59% of the 308.7 million Americans in this
country get at least one federal benefit, according to the Census
Bureau. In 2009, an estimated 46.5 million received Social Security;
42.6 million got Medicare; 42.4 million were having doctor and hospital
bills paid through Medicaid; 36.1 million get food stamps; 12.4
million enjoyed housing subsidies; and 3.2 million got Veterans'
find insufficient the benefits they can latch onto legally just
game the system.
are now getting more in cash handouts from the government than they
are paying in taxes.
blaming it all on Angel Adams and the rest of the General Public
who go to Disneyworld on food stamps, know that the hogs span every
homeowners who hump the mortgage interest deduction, 69% of which
goes to those who earn $100,000 or more each year.
all those who enjoy benefits from employer-provided retirement benefits,
the contributions to which are deductible, and the taxes on those
contributions and income from them delayed for years.
It is corporations,
legal fictions that have no good reason to exist except to protect
their owners from personal responsibility, with their heads in the
federal feed bucket.
It is banks,
themselves corporations, that have engaged in perhaps the most massive
holdup in human history, bailed out by a government too afraid to
take on the owners.
It is outright
cash payments to business in the form of direct cash payments like
those that have helped keep many renewable-energy projects afloat,
including Solyndra to the tune of $535 million before it went bust.
It is corporate
farmers who snort five billion dollars a year through rolled up
hundred dollar bills, along with billions more in crop insurance
and drought aid while the consumer gets bent over, e.g., US
sugar companies enjoy import quotas which keep American sugar
prices roughly twice as high as they otherwise would be.
It is the ethanol
industry, a sacred cow of American politics whom the government
rewards with the requirement that refiners blend billions of gallons
of ethanol into gasoline annually, and sweetens the pot further
with an ethanol tax credit. Again, the consumer gets it up his corn
chute since forty per cent of corn acreage in the US now goes to
make ethanol, jacking
up food prices because less corn is grown to eat.
It is the drug
industry, the biggest hog at the trough. Patent protection is
worth hundreds of billions of dollars a year and growing as the
range of things that can be patented expands dramatically.
has to pay.
is always undefined. But we all know who someone is, right? Someone
is government, our sugar daddy who can magically rain money on anyone
anytime. The goal of "Let's Play America" is simple
and straightforward: get to the trough first, get your share, and
fuck everyone else.
relative handful know better. They know the collective snorting
and sucking is not a prescription for success. And, they know there
is no government. Rather, there is a cash machine labeled "government,"
and behind that machine are millions of productive people who have
their money stolen to fund the needs or wants of the unproductive.
That theft manifests itself either as taxes or inflation.
The game is
no longer won simply by stealing. Nearly everyone is doing
that. The game is played well by stealing more than your neighbor.
The grand prize winners steal more than they pay, for now.
to the problems going forward.
is not "someone" failing to take responsibility.
is individual Americans not taking responsibility.
is not seeing ourselves as hogs at the trough.
is not seeing ourselves in Angel Adams.
is there are fewer people from whom to steal.
Karger is a lawyer, and frequent contributor to The
Dollar Vigilante, who has represented American businesses against
incursions by government and labor unions for 30 years. In 2001,
he left Dallas and moved to San Miguel de Allende in the high desert
of central Mexico where he sought and found a freer and simpler
life for he and his wife, Kelly, and their 10 dogs. Karger's website