” A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”
” Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.”
Yesterday on my way to lunch at a restaurant, I passed one of the homeless guys
in that area, with a sign that read ‘Vote Obama, I need the money.’
Once in the restaurant my waiter had on an ‘Obama 08’ tee shirt.
When the bill came, I decided not to tip the waiter and explained to him
while he had given me exceptional service, that his tee shirt made me feel
he obviously believes in President-elect Barack Obama’s plan to redistribute the wealth.
I told him I was going to redistribute his tip to someone that I deemed
more in need–the homeless guy outside. He stood there in disbelief and
angrily stormed away.
I went outside, gave the homeless guy $3 and told him to thank the waiter
inside, as I had decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy
looked at me in disbelief but seemed grateful.
As I got in my car, I realized this rather unscientific redistribution
experiment had left the homeless guy quite happy for the money he did not
earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did
Well, I guess this redistribution of wealth is going to take a while to
catch on, with those doing the work.