Welfare Is A Politician’s Long Con
I wouldn’t go as far as to say Government hates you but I do know that they don’t care about you, individually.
Sure they say they care about you and they act as if they care about you, under the guise of welfare and entitlements. But they don’t actually care about you. They don’t want to take care of you and they don’t want to fix what troubles you, that’s not what they are good at.
What government is good at, and I mean really good at, is the illusion of caring. They know that if they give you just enough help that you feel as if they care and they provide this help through the practice of taking away as much as possible from everyone else without them noticing then most people will be satisfied with government. That’s the secret, finding the balance of pretending to care and being the perfect amount of greedy. It’s a very unique skill that generally rests in the hands of brilliant con men.
This is why the gov’t talks about maximizing tax revenues. That’s the key and their secret that they hide in plain view. Did you catch it? When politicians say they want to change the tax rate to find an equilibrium that will maximize revenues, they aren’t talking about your revenues, they are talking about their revenues. They aren’t calculating how much tax they should or shouldn’t take and how it would affect our income, they are talking about how much tax can they take without cutting their own income. That’s the trick, setting a tax rate so that people think they are still making money so that government can skim off the maximum amount of money, both a large percentage and a larger amount, give a little back and use the rest to spend on their own special interests and corporate buddies.
As Thomas Sowell once said, “First you take people’s money away quietly, and then you give some of it back to them flamboyantly." This is the long con of the politician. This is the grand illusion of government.