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Human Nature=Natural Law
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The founding fathers referred to human nature as 'natural law' and incorporated ideas into the constitution which would take advantage of human nature in making a people free and prosperous. They knew if they could provide an atmosphere of freedom and a system which would reward a person for his labor, then the country would prosper. And it worked.

Human nature - hey, it's just the way we are made! I'll be the first one to agree that socialist dogma sounds great - utopian. The problem is it just doesn't work. Socialism goes directly against human nature, stifling hard work, ingenuity, free thinking and then finally, prosperity. It's not how people are made. The more the government takes away from us, the less motivated we become.

Our grandfathers would probably have considered a tax rate of 50 percent a great bondage. What do we have here in America now? Ben, my boss, is paying around 40 percent tax when you consider income tax, FICA Medicare and Social Security. And he's not making that much money! It's partly because he's single with no exemptions. I would not be surprised if every working person is paying 50 percent or more of their money to taxes. I say this when you include everything such as gasoline tax, income tax, social security tax, unemployment tax, property tax; the list goes on ad-nauseam. Oh, lets not forget we must pay higher prices to pay the corporations taxes which they must pass onto us or go broke. Ben is about ready to quit and go on welfare. I've heard more than one person say, "I was a liberal until I had to start paying taxes. It was then I found out how much socialism costs." Ben feels like it's hardly worth it to work his head off to make a little money then get half of it taken away to fund the welfare state.

Human nature tells us that the average person will not work if what he needs to live on is handed to him on a silver platter. Taking wealth from those who have it and giving it to those who don't is morally wrong. It helps neither.

We have the upper class, the middle class and the lower class. Now, there's a new class being solidified, the Entitlement Class. This class represents those who forever live off government. And they are growing. The next statement will probably sound radical but it's true. If there is going to be an entitlement class, the people who must work to support this class are in slavery.

This discussion of human nature wouldn't be complete without at least mentioning the idea of Freedom. Webster defines it as "The quality or state of being free, the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action: liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another." My wife pointed out to me the other day that freedom means different things to different people. I've thought a lot about this and think sheís right.

Being that freedom is an eternal quest for all men, itís amazing that human kind is going so many different directions politically to find it. I think in our age, freedom for many has come to mean 'freedom from want.' This includes any kind of want. Where the money comes from is of secondary importance. This "freedom" extends to food, shelter, entertainment; really, you name it.

Contrast this with what 'freedom' meant to the pilgrims and early pioneers during the founding of this country. Many of them had been tyrannized by the governments in their homelands. They came to America to be left alone, which was pretty much the way things worked here in comparison to where they came from. As America was a frontier in those days, the tradeoff for this kind of freedom was harsh. Often, they suffered great privation - but they considered themselves free.

These two ideas of what freedom means are also clearly reflected in the children of Israel shortly after their deliverance from Egypt during the time of Moses. Although they were glad to be away from the tyranny of the Egyptians, many of them bitterly complained about not having 'things.' Whenever things got difficult, many of them preferred going back to the slavery of Egypt where a house and food was pretty much a given. (Exodus 16:3)

The Mormonís pioneer story is another excellent example. The Mormons were driven out of every place they ever lived until they came to the Intermountain West. They had suffered from 'want' before but never like they did after they got here. Escaping tyranny was one of the main objectives. It meant freedom to them, and freedom from tyranny is what they found, but not freedom from want. But they were willing to work for that.

To me, this idea of 'freedom from want' with little thought of where the wealth comes from to satisfy it is a false kind of freedom because it will always lead to a tyrannical government. Unfortunately, many are unafraid of a tyrannical government as long as they can get what they want and the government doesn't tyrannize them. But the sad truth is in the end the government will always include them in its tyranny.

The latest reports are that 47% of the inhabitants of America pay no income tax at all. That leaves a huge burden on those who do. Senator Orin Hatch from Utah said recently that one of the main goals of the Democrats is to have 60% of the people of America on some kind of welfare before the 2012 elections. With this, they think they will be able to stay in power forever. I think it is sad commentary on our citizens that they will vote for their pocket book almost every time over voting for principle. I think it is very sad that many of our elected leaders are willing to trade away the constitution in an effort to firmly grasp power. Itís not only tyranny but itís also treason against the United States of America. They made a solemn pledge to uphold and support the Constitution of the United States yet at every turn they do everything in their power to subvert and diminish it.

What follows is something you've probably already seen in E-mails as these two stories have made the rounds. I checked snopes.com on the first story and sadly found it isn't true. But it should be as it's so true to life... It illustrates the principle that people will work for reward but won't if there is none. The second story illustrates a different point.

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had once failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, socialism was a great equalizer. The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan". All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.

As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else. All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed. It could not be any simpler than that.

A professor in a large college had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab the Professor noticed one young man (exchange student) who kept rubbing his back, and stretching as if his back hurt.

The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country's government and install a new communist regime.

In the midst of his story he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked, 'Do you know how to catch wild pigs?'

The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said this was no joke. 'You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come everyday to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence.

They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, who are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat, you slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.

Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.

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albert-einstein.jpg - 1800 BytesEverything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

winston-churchill.jpg - 1633 BytesThe inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

     Not long ago I wrote a short story of a kid cutting my grass for a dollar but by the time I took taxes out and he got his pay there was only about 60 cents left. I later tossed it as I didn't feel good about it. However, what follows is the research I did for it which makes the point just as well, maybe better.

Total Taxes, including hidden taxes spent by individuals:
Bottom 20% pay 38.9% taxes
Second 20% pay 55.7% taxes
Third 20% pay 61.5%
Fourth 20% pay 64.4%
Top 20% pay 70.2%

Breakdown of Federal Expenditures
1. Defense & Security: 21%
2. Safety Net Programs: 11%
3. Interest on Debt: 8%
4. Medicare, Medicaid & CHIP: 20%
5. Social Security: 21%
6. Fed & Mil retirees 6%
7. Research: 3%
8. Roads & Bridges 3%
9. Education: 2%
10. Everything else: 5%

(From my understanding of the constitution, lines 2, 4, 5, 7 and 9 should be beyond the scope of the federal government. Really, line 3 should also be included for if the federal government could control their spending that line wouldn't exist either. That's a whopping 65% of government expenditures that the government shouldn't be involved in. If the government adhered to the constitution they would have plenty of money to conduct the business of government without killing us with taxes.)

State Taxes:
Sales Tax, @5%
Property Taxes: @2%

Federal Insurance Contributions Act tax:
Social Security: 12.4%, half paid by employer
Medicare: 2.9%

Federal Tax Brackets

Gasoline Taxes:
Fed: 18.4 cents per gallon
State: @ 20 cents per gallon

Hidden Taxes:
About 37% of all taxes are hidden from taxpayers.
Take out employer portion of payroll tax, you have about 31%
Large portion of this is corporation tax (230 billion)
Also, import duties, unemployment insurance, sin taxes.

Inflation Tax:

Health Care in Germany:
15% of the total average income per individual goes to fund nothing but healthcare.
Can we do it any cheaper??? Look for at least a 15 percent increase in taxes in the future just for this.

In billions, Total Federal Spending
Defense costs 895
Welfare costs 557
Health Care 829.5
Education 157
Pensions 774.3
Total: 3720.7

(Notice that the federal government is already spending $829 billion on health care. And that was before the health care bill was passed. We've already had a brand of socialized health care in this country for a long time. There isn't anybody in this country who hasn't gotten health care if they really wanted it. All they had to do was go to the emergency room.)

True Cost of Welfare
In 1995 government spent 900 billion on visible welfare
400 billion on hidden welfare.
Total: $1.3 Trillion
(That's roughly 1/3 of the total federal budget!

Income Tax Rates