The Safety Net
This country spends a lot of money on a Social Safety Net. I believe it’s intent is to prevent individuals from falling and landing hard on hard times. The intent is to be a cushion to soften a blow, it is not intended to be a crutch to provide support over a long period of time.
If we had two buildings about 50 feet apart and 100 feet high and we strung a line between the two buildings with a safety net to catch anyone who tried to walk across the line. How many people would try to walk across because there was a safety net and there are no consequences for failure. Without the net very few people will take the chance.
The social safety net provides a cushion and the support of a crutch because it exists. It is there to provide temporary support for those who need short term help, plus it provides long term support for some who would rather take the free ride than earn a living. Should we allow it to provide long term help?
Too many individuals plan their income around their safety net support. They limit what they earn to maximize their free ride. Should our safety net system allow for that? As a society do we want to create a system that allows for individuals to make decisions between supporting themselves or being supported by the hard working tax payers.
The population is made up of makers and takers. Some of the more successful makers are vilified because they make a lot and we don’t take enough from them. Why are we not vilifying the takers. Why don’t the takers feel embarrassed about being forced to ask for the help of the makers. They should feel guilty about having to need help until they can earn their way back on their feet and become a maker and not a taker.
What did the makers do to be treated as if they are bad people? Is being successful wrong? Is being successful and earning a lot of money something to be ashamed of? Is it greedy to work hard and earn money and want to keep most of it for yourself and your family, or even to spend it unwisely and have no clear memory of how you pissed through it?
The makers of this economy are the heroes. They are successful and carry the burden for the takers and the foolishness of the political class.
The takers, bring nothing to the table. They need to be carried by others. How many of the takers would take if the safety net wasn’t there. How many of the takers plan the effort they put into their lives based on the availability of the safety net.
Should our safety net be as generous as it is? Should we vilify the makers to impress the takers? Is success a bad thing? Is taking from the makers a good thing?
We all have our own points of view. We all answer these questions as we see best.
Think about it and think about how you plan the effort in your life and how you anticipate the tax code effects your efforts.
We need more makers and fewer takers in this country and we need less foolishness from our political class.