A day or so ago Rush Limbaugh repeated that all too often saw that the rich got rich by stealing from the poor. It has been said that the more you keep repeating something, the more believable it gets. I cite only the most recent assertion that the Russians hacked the election. The only way to prove it is to get the Russians to admit it and even if they admitted it they couldn’t prove they did. It is difficult to prove a negative unless there is a positive floating about somewhere.
If the above statement were true and it is, you would first have to determine what it was that they stole. Since they have nothing, or very little, there would not be very much benefit from stealing it. If it were a lot, the individual rich who did the stealing would be charged with theft and incarcerated or at best make restitution. If you didn’t steal there would be nothing from which to make restitution.
The statement is however true for the simple reason the government steals the bulk of nature’s wealth before making it available to the public and the public is divided among those who get more than their share and those who get less or just enough. They do this through the tax code that is now over 70,000 pages and growing since the measure used to make the distribution deflates in value with each new issue. (borrowing). This necessitates constant change.
The last private protected monopoly, the healthcare industry, is now under attack by the government in its efforts to maintain the status quo. Obama and his ultra-liberal congressional supporters, really wanted a single payer system but their puppet masters, the banks and capitalists who fund their campaigns would have none of it. The compromise, if it was a compromise, did not reduce the cost of healthcare, it merely kept the insurers in business and of course they raised their premiums to maintain their profits.
The Republicans, the true protectors of the rich are now caught in a bind trying to make a silk purse out a sows ear when the Congress never had the power to make a silk purse in the first place. The end result will be the tax burden will be shifted around to make it look like the rich are being tapped again, when in fact they will, as in the past, escape the taxman through the loopholes they will build into the tax code that make it look like they are paying but in fact aren’t. The shortfall will as usual be made up by more borrowing. Everyone wins. Or do they?
This game can continue only so long as two things happen; the country adds more population to contain the rate of inflation and the government hands out sufficient exchange to keep people from stealing. That limitation has already been reached in other parts of the world and is resulting in either mass migration or civil war. If you would like to know when it is going to happen here, read my book that explains how they did it and you may even be able to calculate when it will occur. It will not be Armageddon but, if those who want to keep getting more than their share don’t start sharing their surplus, someone is going to take it from them because we will have nowhere to go where it is better.